Unisys launches paper with RUSI on big data analytics in policing

 Author(s): , Posted on September 20th, 2017

The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) is an independent think tank engaged in cutting edge defence and security research. RUSI embodies nearly two centuries of forward thinking, free discussion and careful reflection on defence and security matters.

Taking account of RUSI’s unique position, Unisys commissioned a research paper into big data in policing. This was viewed through the lens of an assessment of Law Enforcement requirements, expectations and priorities. The full paper can be found here.

To launch the paper, RUSI held an industry debate with leading figures on 6th of September in Whitehall, London. Chaired by Sir Jon Murphy, Honorary Fellow and Professor of Advanced Policing Studies, Liverpool John Moores University, conversation focused around the challenges and progress being made in data analytics in law enforcement in the UK.

The panel agreed that UK Police Forces are facing 21st century policing challenges, balancing the use of data whilst maintaining privacy, and are lacking clarification on what type of data led conclusions will stand up in court. All against a backdrop of squeezed budgets and shifting resources in the forces. A video of the launch event can be viewed here.

Santosh Raju, Practice Lead for Advanced Data Analytics, Unisys EMEA, added: “Police forces are making the best of the current situation. Unisys has a wealth of industry expertise and a deep understanding of analytics, and we believe our experience can address some of these new challenges. It’s about identifying the unknown, unknowns and sharing that intel across the forces nationally. Only then can the skills and experience of policing be used efficiently to crack down on pervasive issues, such as human trafficking and cross border criminality.”

Discussion continued, highlighting the need for data standardisation from central government to unlock the power of big data for police, as well as greater collaboration between industry and government.

The full panel was as follows:

  • Alexander Babuta, Research Analyst in Policing and Organised Crime, RUSI
  • Professor Shane Johnson, Director, Dawes Centre for Future Crime, UCL
  • Sir Jon Murphy, Honorary Fellow and Professor of Advanced Policing Studies, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Marion Oswald, Solicitor and Senior Fellow in Law, University of Winchester
  • Santosh Raju, Practice Director & EMEA Practice Lead, Unisys
  • Sheena Urwin, Head of Criminal Justice, Durham Constabulary

If you would like more information on the RUSI paper, or Unisys data analytics practice, please contact me directly.

As covered in the media:
Information Age – Big data in the UK Police Force
Computer Business Review – National strategy crucial for police forces to use big data to fight crime

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