Police Digital Summit - Embedding Data Ethics in Policing & Interoperability
This year, The Police Digital ICT Summit was held virtually over 3 days and focused on ‘Digital, Data and Technology’. The National Policing Digital Strategy launched in January 2020 emphasised that the pace of change has never been this fast and we will not see it slow down. With the impact of the worldwide events of 2020 and beyond, technology has never been relied upon as heavily as we have seen it with people, organisations having to adapt and revolutionise the way in which they interact, work, and deliver services in order for workforces and people to stay digitally connected whilst physically apart.
techUK was delighted to be asked by the Police ICT Company to organise two panel discussions – one focusing on Embedding Data Ethics in Policing, and the other on Interoperability.
Embedding Data Ethics in Policing
techUK facilitated this event and was joined by:
- Clare Elford, Managing Director, Clue Investigation Software
- Chris Todd, (Interim) Assistant Chief Constable, West Midlands Police
- Richard Lewis, Chief Constable, Cleveland Police | NPCC Lead for Data Ethics
- Giles Herdale, TRACER, Digital, Data and Technology Directorate, National Crime Agency and co-chair, Independent Digital Ethics Panel for Policing
Panel conversations were framed by a set of questions, which included: How do we embed data ethics principles into decision making in policing? This was an opportunity to explore how this has been done, some of those case studies and what the challenges were in their application. What does good look like – where is there existing good practice that we can draw on? Do we need to try and bring in a more national approach to this area? If so, whose job is this and how should it happen and be managed?
The panel explored in detail anything from - what the role of the NPCC is in supporting data ethics in policing and how a revised code of ethics may support the police service to ensure a high level of ethical standards. To, hearing directly from industry itself on the role of the IT industry in supporting and promoting the ethical use of data.
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