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dstl and crime science

Publication date: Mar 7, 2011 11:17:04 AM

Start: Oct 27, 2010 11:00:00 AM
End: Oct 27, 2010 12:00:00 PM

Location: Brook House

Speaker: Jen Le Breton-Edis, Head, Resilience and Security, dstl-MoD Defense Science Technology Lab
Audience: SECReT students

Jen Le Breton-Edis, Head of the Resilience and Security team at dstl, the UK Ministry of Defence’s science technology laboratory, described the introduction of a crime science methodology at the division. Jen, together with colleague Fergus Anderson, began with an overview of dstl  and discussed the varied research strands at the Lab and how the work of SECReT students could intersect with such research activity.  These strands include:  

• Integrated survivability
• Low observables
• Secure & interoperable network architectures & technologies
• Strategic systems technologies
• CBRN
• ECM and EW systems and technologies
• Human performance
• Guidance & Control
• Integrated Systems technology
• Forensic capabilities (FEL)
• Electronic Materials Technology
• Sensor Systems (including Photonic/ Optical Materials & Devices)
• Electronic, electrical & electrochem devices
• Energetic Materials
• Information & Signal Processing
• Human Sciences
• Mechanical, Thermal &Fluid Related Technologies
• Design Techniques for Platforms & Weapon
• Simulators & Trainers
• Comms & CIS related Techniques
• Structural , Smart Materials & Structural Mechanics

Jen then described the new ‘Crime Science Community of Practise’ at dstl. She explained that cross-sector learning networks termed “communities of practice” are emerging and gaining momentum within government. Through peer-to-peer collaborative activities, members of Communities of Practice are coming together willingly across physical and departmental divides to share information, build knowledge, develop expertise and solve problems.

The DSTL Crime Science Community of Practice (CSCOP) will work on the premise that the identification of these opportunities can be facilitated by networking scientists from different disciplines. The CSCOP therefore aims to identify individuals within DSTL who have previous experience in applying scientific methodology to explain, detect and prevent crime or analogous phenomena to ultimately bring researchers together to consider how the skills, techniques and knowledge within DSTL can be put to best use and to explore new opportunities for collaboration, coherence and exploitation.
Jen detailed Crime Science Capabilities at dstl and invited students to contact her if they felt their work fell within these capabilities:

Intelligence Analysis , Problem-orientated Policing , Environmental Criminology , Crime Triangle / Problem Analysis Triangle , Geographical Profiling , Hot-spot Analysis , Inference Development , Event Charting , Crime Pattern Analysis , Behavioural Analysis , Comparative Case Analysis , Legislative Awareness , Activity Charting , Investigative Techniques , Link Analysis , Social Network Analysis , National Intelligence Model , Intelligence Cycle , Profile Analysis , Strategic Assessments , Tactical Assessments , Tasking and Coordination Process , Subject Profiles, Market Profiles , Risk Analysis , Operational Intelligence Assessment.

Dstl and Crime Science slides: Jen Le Breton Edis, UCL SECReT seminar