Tuesday 10th December 2019

John McIntyre Conference Centre, University of Edinburgh

 

Digital Policing: Ethical Challenges Regarding the Role of Technology in Policing

This year our conference is themed around the pertinent issue of Digital Policing, particularly focussing on the ethical challenges regarding the role of technology in policing.

Our aim through this conference is to explore ethical, legal, and societal concerns raised by the incorporation of various forms of technology, and the challenge of policing in a digital sphere.

This may range from a consideration of the introduction of mobile working into police organisations, body worn cameras, facial recognition software, artificial intelligence, to social media, cyber security, surveillance and digital forensics, for example. A number of areas are worth considering e.g. public perceptions, experiences and police legitimacy; the impact on police officers and the ability of policing organisations to fulfil their functions; and implications for regulation and governance.

As always, our core goal is to promote sharing of knowledge and experience between all of our delegates who represent a diverse range of disciplines, specialisms, and backgrounds across both the academic and practitioner spheres. With this in mind, we are particularly pleased to welcome, for the first time, our two keynote speakers Mr Stephen Kavanagh, who will present this year’s James Smart Memorial Lecture, and Dr Katerina Hadjimatheou, who will present SIPR’s inaugural Professor Nick Fyfe Lecture.


The James Smart Memorial Lecture – Policing without fear or favour. Is it enough in the Digital Age

Mr Stephen Kavanagh, Former Chief Constrable of Essex Police

Stephen James Kavanagh, QPM is a British retired senior police officer. He served as Chief Constable of Essex Police from May 2013 until his retirement in October 2018 after 33 years of service.

He started his policing career with the Metropolitan Police Service, where he worked in homicide and counter-terrorism, and rose to Deputy Assistant Commissioner.  Mr Kavanagh was also the Senior Reporting Officer (SRO) and NPCC Chair of Digital Policing. 


The Inaugural Professor Nick Fyfe Lecture - Ethical issues in data-driven policing: emerging trends

Dr Katerina Hadjimatheou, The University of Essex

Dr Hadjimatheou is currently working on the policing and surveillance stream of the ESRC-funded Human Rights, Big Data, and Technology project. Kat's background is in applied philosophy. Her work examines the ethical and human rights implications of developments in criminal justice and policing, especially around the use of surveillance technologies, data-driven policing, and human trafficking. Katerina is the Chair of Gloucestershire Constabulary's Ethics Committee. She sits on the UK National Crime Agency's Independent Reference Group. And she is a member of the Independent Digital Ethics Policing Panel.


Location

The John McIntyre Conference Centre, University of Edinburgh

The event is FREE, but spaces are limited to 150 and must be booked by Friday 22 November through Eventbrite 

PLEASE NOTE, DUE TO SPACE RESTRICTIONS, WE ARE UNABLE TO ACCEPT APPLICATIONS FROM UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS



Draft Programme

 

09.00   Registration, Tea and Coffee

 

Plenary Session – Pentland Suite

 

Chair:    Derek Penman QPM, SIPR International Advisory Committee

09.20    Chair's Welcome 

09.30    Susan Deacon CBE Chair, Scottish Police Authority 

09.45    Ian Livingstone QPM, Chief Constable, Police Scotland

10:00    Humza Yousaf MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice 

10.10    The 46th James Smart Memorial Lecture: Mr Steven Kavanagh

                Policing Without Fear or Favour - Is it Enough in the Digital Age?

10.50    Questions and Discussion

11.00    Tea / Coffee and Displays 

 

Workshops I

 

11.45 – 13.15  Delegates should choose one Workshop  – please see below for further details

 

FRONTLINE POLICING AND TECHNOLOGY

Chairs: Martin Gallagher (Police Scotland) and Stephen Dolan (Police Scotland)

Further details forthcoming

ON-LINE COMMUNICATION

Chairs: Dr Liz Aston (SIPR) and Davina Fereday (Police Scotland)

Further details forthcoming

INVESTIGATION

Chair: Stephen Roberts (Vivace)

Further details forthcoming

 

13.00    Buffet lunch and Poster Exhibition

 

Workshops II

 

14.00 – 15.15 Delegates should choose one Workshop – please see below for further details and venues

CYBER SECURITY

Chairs: Dr Shane Horgan (Edinburgh Napier University) and Stefano De Paoli (University of Abertay)

Further details forthcoming

SURVEILLANCE AND THE ONLINE STATE

Chair: Dr Megan O'Neill (University of Dundee) and Amy Humphrey (University of Dundee)

Further details forthcoming

BIG DATA AND ETHICAL CHALLENGES OF PREDICTIVE POLICING

Chair: Dr Richard Jones (University of Edinburgh)

Further details forthcoming

Afternoon Session – Pentland Suite

15.15    Afternoon Refreshments

15:45    Dr Liz Aston, SIPR Director - Update on SIPR

16:00    The Inaugural Professor Nick Fyfe Lecture: Dr Katerina Hadjimatheou

                Ethical issues in data-driven policing: emerging trends

16:40    Questions and Discussion

16:50    Closing Comments

17:00    Conference Close


Offer a Poster

If you are involved in research on topics related to the theme of this Conference, either as an academic or as a practitioner, we would welcome offers of Posters.

Please contact Monica Boyle (m.boyle@napier.ac.uk) for more information.


Register for a place at the conference

The event is FREE, but spaces are limited to 150 and must be booked by Friday 16 November through Eventbrite 

PLEASE NOTE, DUE TO SPACE RESTRICTIONS, WE ARE UNABLE TO ACCEPT APPLICATIONS FROM UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

COMPLETE THE REGISTRATION FORM AT :

Workshops : You will be able to select your choice of Workshop for the morning and afternoon sessions on the day.  These do not need to be pre-booked.

Registration

The event is FREE, but spaces are limited to 150 and must be booked by Friday 22 November through Eventbrite 

Contact

For further information, please contact Monica Boyle