Cressida Dick on police data use – SAS comments








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The challenge in providing bigger, faster, more powerful police databases is how to stamp out endemic mis-use, fraud and corruption from existing police databases. This is a set of issues that have been swept under the carpet for far too long.    BRN Ed.

In response to Met Commissioner Cressida Dick’s comments on the need for increased technology and data use in policing yesterday, please see comment below from Andy Davies, police technology consultant at analytics giant SAS.

Andy Davies, Consultant, Police & Intelligence Services, SAS UK

“The Met Commissioner is right to say that we need more widespread use of data in policing. It is happening, but it needs to happen quicker and across a wider range of teams.


“Analytics is not new to policing. Some police forces have adopted ‘predictive policing’ techniques in recent years. However, to enable the police to respond to the ever-changing demands placed on them, they need to take a more holistic approach to the role of analytics and how it can assist them.


“This means expanding the use of analytics for uses such as demand profiling, resource management and visual investigative analysis. Forces that use data scientists will be able to develop, maintain and put into production a wide range of analytical models that can be used to inform decision making across policing.


“Analytics is not a panacea for policing, and it will never be used alone to stop crime before it happens. Officers and staff will remain the most important tool in policing. Yet analytics can help them do their jobs better. We need to find new ways to make analytics and the resulting insights accessible to all levels in the service.


This is the direction of travel for all industries and policing is no different.  Police forces need to equip themselves to handle the large quantities of data available to them, perform quick analysis and take appropriate action.”