Following recommendations from HMIC’s review of protective services (Closing the Gap), the East Midlands police region wanted to explore the benefits of a regional intelligence system in supporting protective services particularly level 2 policing, major investigations and counter terrorism. This system would integrate Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) data at regional level along with intelligence and crime data from all 5 forces in the region.
PA were commissioned to support the development of this pilot and evaluate its benefits. This work involved:
Managing a diverse set of stakeholders from 5 police forces and national agencies
Supporting the definition of requirements and development of new business processes and systems
Provision of expert advice during the pilot based on performance analysis to ensure continuous learning and improvement
Evaluating the benefits of the project using a combination of quantitative and qualitative measures
The evaluation report produced by PA found that the project had clearly demonstrated benefits for the effectiveness of intelligence analysis across the regional particularly in relation to major investigations, serious and organised crime and indications that it would deliver significant benefit for counter terrorism. The report and its recommendations were accepted by regional ACPO and provided a business case which resulted in further investment to develop the pilot system as well as address people, process and technology issues identified by PA.
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