Daily Archives: 19/12/2018

Police set to use Artificial Intelligence to help predict spikes in hate crime

Following the news that the police service is setting up a new ‘Hate Lab’ using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to help predict spikes in hate crime on the streets following Brexit, Andy Davies (consultant on police and intelligence services at SAS UK) has highlighted the importance of using data to mitigate preventable or predictable trends.

Davies has stressed the need for law enforcement to find new and innovative ways to make analytics and resulting insights accessible to officers. Ultimately, AI and data analytics has the power to help police do their jobs more efficiently and effectively.

“Law enforcement operates in an increasingly complex environment, with investigators facing unprecedented amounts of data,” said Davies. “Social media has further complicated this environment in the last ten years with data being published online at an unmanageable rate. Clearly, the police are overwhelmed and overworked. The new ‘Hate Lab’ is no silver bullet for eliminating hate crime, but it’s a clear step in the right direction to mitigate preventable or predictable trends.”

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Davies continued: “Making sense of this data and understanding the underlying connections is critical in any investigation or intelligence-development activity. Data analytics is already reviewing huge volumes of intelligence data rapidly so that police officers can cut through the noise and focus on real and emerging threats. AI and data analytics can help the police to do their jobs more efficiently and effectively, so we need to find new and innovative ways to make analytics and resulting insights accessible to today’s officers.”

Davies referenced Gloucestershire Constabulary, which has employed analytics software to improve policing strategies, gain real-time insight into incidents and identify crime ‘hotspots’.

“Gloucestershire officers will now be able to draw together data from numerous systems and sources, including its electronic incident log, phone system, GPS-capable radios and demographic data from other sources. Using analytics, it will also be able to use the data available to identify crime ‘hotspots’, monitor trends, forecast future crime/incident levels offenders across the county and see a live breakdown of crime statistics.”

In conclusion, Davies told Risk Xtra: “It’s vital that the police service looks for every opportunity to operate more efficiently and use the latest data-driven tools in the fight against crime. By using data analytics, our police forces will be in an even better position to derive intelligence from multiple sources of potentially life-saving information.”

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Keri Feeney joins UK sales team at access control solutions developer Inner Range

Inner Range has hired Keri Feeney to join its UK sales team. Feeney takes on the role of regional sales manager for the South and will focus on generating new business for the Berkshire-based company as well as managing existing client relationships. 

Previously, Feeney worked as the regional manager for ievo, the manufacturer of biometric fingerprint readers. She has also worked as a fire and security consultant for Firstline Security Solutions.

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Keri Feeney

Speaking about her new appointment, Feeney told Risk Xtra: “Inner Range has a fantastic reputation for designing and manufacturing high quality products for the full spectrum of security needs. I’m looking forward to meeting new and existing customers and helping them to devise the right access and security solution for their needs.”

Tim Northwood, general manager at Inner Range, added: “We’re delighted to welcome Keri to our team. She already has a good insight into the access control sector and direct experience of working with biometrics. This, together with her energy and enthusiasm, will stand her in great stead to win new business and keep our current clients happy.”

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