ICIAC 2012 Stream 1: classes and workshops

Abstracts and slides

CLASS 1C: Analysis and intelligence products for Police and Crime Commissioners and Panels (G)

Chris Williams, Senior Advisor – Safer Communities Local Government Association

Slides: Williams

The election of the first Police and Crime Commissioners shifts the community safety landscape and places a new burden on analysts. The role of the PCC is to hold the Chief Constable to account, and to commission services to reduce crime and disorder. Supporting both these functions will require deep analytical support, including performance management, identification of emerging issues, evaluation of commissioned services, and strategic information to support Police and Crime Plans. Where will the analytical function sit – with the force, or in the Office of the PCC?

Partnership analysts will equally have to alter working practices in this brave new world. Police and Crime Panels will need quantifiable data to inform their scrutiny, and CSPs will need to be able to evidence their effectiveness to PCCs in order to convince them of the value of investment and partnership working.

This session will explore the likely information requirements placed on analysts by PCCs and Panels, and highlight some of the issues facing analysts, not least their vital role in establishing evidence-based policymaking in a political context. Delegates can discuss ways to share relevant performance information with politicians, show emerging issues simply, and conduct rapid research and hypothesis testing to enable PCCs to properly understand drivers of crime and disorder and commission appropriate action. Please bring good ideas to share!

CLASS 1D: The principles of problem solving (G)

Sylvia Chenery, Director, Applied Criminology Associates

Slides: Chenery

‘Here we are again…happy as can be….all good friends, and jolly good company’

These words from a very old song came to mind when Spencer (Chainey) asked if I would once again deliver a seminar on problem solving to this 2013 conference. My thoughts were….’surely everyone knows how to use SARA and the problem solving theories by now?’, but on reflection (and from experience) they often remain theories that are not consistently put into practice.

The ‘blessed’ Herman Goldstein (the Godfather of Problem Oriented Policing) still continues to be delighted when he hears the ‘Brits’ deliver presentations on how they’ve systematically worked through a problem; shown how they’ve understood its root causes; and come up with effective and methodological responses.  Because THAT is real problem solving. In reality though, we are often put under pressure to come up with a response quickly, which generally means we don’t feel we have time to go through the processes in as rigorous a way as we should. 

Of course we need to respond to the victims quickly. If I was living next door to ‘the neighbour from hell’ I wouldn’t thank you for saying ‘…we’ll respond as soon as we’ve completed a SARA package’. But if this is a recurring problem, then we owe it to the victims to try to at least manage the problem better so that it doesn’t return as soon as our ‘backs have turned’.

So this session will re-examine those theories, and look at how even the briefest of partnership meetings can be utilised more effectively so that we can approach the problem in a more coordinated, constructive and valuable way.  

So what will you get out of this seminar? New theories?….No.  New ideas?….Not likely.  New ways of working?….Probably not.  But will you have a better idea of how to use the theories?….Yes. Will you understand how thinking creatively can help?.....Yes.  Are you likely to be more effective in the future ….Absolutely!!!   Oh, and of course there’ll be the usual Chenery goodies on offer to those who attend!!

CLASS 1E: Crime series linkage (I)

Avril Robinson, Serious Crime Analysis Section, Serious Organised Crime Agency

Slides: restricted/not available

The aim of the workshop is to provide an interactive introduction to behavioural analysis in relation to linking sexual offences. This will involve outlining work carried out in the Serious Crime Analysis Section, including the services and products provided.

The session will then cover the basic premise behind behavioural analysis, including exercises for participants to complete and discuss in groups.

The objective for the session is to provide attendees with a basic understanding of behavioural analysis, and to outline considerations for linking serious sexual offences.

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