Scottish International Policing Conference 2013

14th November 2013

Bringing together contributors from the US, Australia and Europe, the conference was Chaired by Paddy Tomkins, Director of Droman Ltd and former Chief Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland, and focused on the challenges of transforming information into intelligence, the importance of targeting interventions, and different approaches to enhancing trust and confidence in policing.

With inputs from senior figures from government, policing, industry and the research community, the conference addressed the challenges that face policing, and provided insights into potential policy and technological solutions.

Building on the success of the conferences held in 2011 and 2012, and set against the backdrop of one of the most radical reforms to policing in Europe that saw the creation of a single, national police service for Scotland in April 2013, this international event provided an important space in which to learn about the changes that had taken place in the first 8 months of the new force and future developments, as well as share new ideas and develop international networks.




09.00   Registration, Tea and Coffee

Plenary Session

Chair: Paddy Tomkins QPM, Droman Ltd

09.30  Chair's Welcome
09.35  Professor Nicholas Fyfe (Director, SIPR) Introduction and aims of the Conference
          Podcast [7 minutes,2.6 Mb]

09.45  Kenny MacAskill MSP Cabinet Secretary for Justice
          Podcast [20 minutes, 7.2 Mb]

10.05  Vic Emery OBE Chair, Scottish Police Authority
          Podcast [60 minutes, 5.9 Mb]

10.20  Sir Stephen House QPM Chief Constable, Police Scotland
          due to equipment failure, no recording is available

10.35  Q & A

10.50  Tea / Coffee and Networking

11.15  The James Smart Memorial Lecture:
          Chuck Wexler
Police Executive Research Forum, Washington DC
          Podcast [60 minutes, 21.7 Mb]


12.30  Buffet Lunch

Breakout Sessions

13.30 - 14.45  Breakout Session 1
15.00 - 16.15  Breakout Session 2

Delegates will be able to choose two of the following Breakout Sessions

Transforming information into intelligenceChair: Professor Jim Fraser (Associate Director, SIPR / University of Strathclyde)

Session Leaders: Paul Sinderberry (Selex ES)Harvesting technology: the exploitation of technological developments and innovation to enable the capture and dissemination of information; Professor Keith Nicholson (Scottish Future Communications Programme) Information everywhere: the delivery of integrated voice and data services for Scotland's Emergency Services; Chief Inspector James Asser (Sussex Police, on secondment to BlackBerry) Mobile solutions - digital not digitised: generating intelligence through the exploitation of integrated services

Targeting interventionsChair: Professor Nicholas Fyfe (Director, SIPR)

Session Leaders: Dominic Munro (Scottish Government): Making sense of the falling crime in Scotland; Professor Michele Burman (University of Glasgow): Policing and domestic violence; Professor Shane Johnson (UCL) : Predictive Policing

Dominic Munro - PowerPoint Presentation [3.28 Mb]
Michele Burman - PowerPoint Presentation [149 Kb]
Shane Johnson - PowerPoint Presentation [2.89 Mb]
Building trust and confidenceChair: Dr Alistair Henry (Associate Director, SIPR / University of Edinburgh)

Session Leaders: C/S Gillian MacDonald (Police Scotland) : Building trust in a multi-ethnic neighbourhood; Professor Lorraine Mazerolle (University of Queensland) : Procedural Justice: why trust and confidence in policing matter ; Sarah MacQueen (University of Edinburgh) & Dr Ben Bradford (University of Oxford) : Community engagement and procedural justice in Scotland: the ScotCET project

Gillian MacDonald - PowerPoint Presentation [2.09 Mb]
Lorraine Mazerolle - PowerPoint Presentation [1.81 Mb]
Sarah MacQueen & Ben Bradford - PowerPoint Presentation [152 Kb]


16.15  Reception, hosted by the Chief Constable of Scotland, Sir Stephen House QPM

17.30  Conference closes

This Conference is being organised by the Scottish Institute for Policing Research in partnership with:


The Scottish Government

South Hall, Pollock Halls

South Hall, Pollock Halls

The Keynote Speakers
Keynote Speakers: The SIPR International Policing Conference, November 2013