How can the police service adapt its analytical systems in novel ways to better create, store and utilise diverse types and sources of data?


"Analytics is the ability to synthesise information to draw insights that can lead to actionable decisions, often in combination with other information and at scale.

The value of analytics to policing rests on the quality of the data on which it can draw. We are therefore interested in technical and behavioural methods that can be used to improve the quality of data within police systems. Our core interests relate to reducing the burden on users, correcting inputs, measuring data quality, and enriching data from other sources where it is legal and proportionate to do so. There are near-term opportunities through Robotic Process Automation, but we are equally interested in novel solutions and system changes that advance how we create, store, and utilise our diverse data sources."

Next steps

"We welcome your engagement with our ARIs in the following ways:
• If you have evidence that completely or partly supports or answers one of our ARIs, we invite you to share that with us. For any ongoing research relevant to policing and crime reduction, we encourage you to register your research on the College of Policing’s research projects map, which has been designed to promote collaboration and support requests for participants.
• If you are, or plan to be, carrying out research that relates to one of our ARIs, we’d like to hear about it. While we cannot respond to speculative approaches for research funding, we will where possible act to support your ambitions, including finding you policing partners where possible.
• If you are submitting a funding or grant application that aligns with one of our ARIs, we hope that referencing policing’s ARIs will help to strengthen your case for the possible public impact of the research.
• We will use the ARI document to structure our academic engagement, prioritise events and build new connections with external partners. We will be using our ARIs in our engagement with UKRI, and we will publish any opportunities for funding via our website
Please send any correspondence and questions to, including ‘ARI’ in the subject heading."


This question was published as part of the set of ARIs in this document:

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