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SIPR International Policing Conference 2012

Date of event: November 22, 2012

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Event Briefing

Supported by Logica, now part of CGI, and the Scottish Government, the conference was the first time that the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, the newly appointed Chair of the Scottish Police Authority and the future Chief Constable of Scotland set out publicly their visions for the new Police Service of Scotland and described how they will work across sectors and borders to improve public safety at home and internationally.


Plenary Session

Chair: Paddy Tomkins QPM, Droman Ltd

10.00  Chair’s Welcome and Introduction
10.10  Professor Nicholas Fyfe (Director, SIPR) An overview of the aims of the Conference
Podcast [11 minutes,5.3 Mb]

10.20  Kenny MacAskill MSP Cabinet Secretary for Justice
Podcast [30 minutes, 13.6 Mb]

Vic Emery OBE Chair of the Scottish Police Authority
Podcast [23 minutes, 10.6 Mb]

Stephen House QPM Chief Constable of the Police Service of Scotland Future
Policing in Scotland

Podcast [27 minutes, 12.5 Mb]

Panel discussion
Podcast [18 minutes, 8.4 Mb]

11.50  Tea / Coffee and Networking

Breakout Sessions

12.15 – 13.15  Breakout Sesssion 1
13.15  Buffet Lunch
14.00 – 15.00  Breakout Sesssion 2

Delegates were able to choose two of the following Breakout Sessions on the theme of ‘Connections’.

Connecting with Communities:

Chair: John Graham (Director, The Police Foundation)
Session Leaders: Alistair Henry, Niall Hamilton-Smith, Simon Mackenzie (SIPR / SCCJR); Professor Pieter Tops (Police Academy of the Netherlands); Professor Peter Donnelly (Chair of Public Health, University of St Andrews)

Communities (real or virtual) are all served by information, but citizen engagement has to go beyond merely making information available, it also has to be able to listen and demonstrate an appropriate and timely response. Scarce resources need to be focused on the most vulnerable, including those least able to access ‘self-help’ services.

This session looked at case studies of citizen engagement to consider the opportunity for transferring good practice.

Connecting Sectors and Professions:

Chair: Deputy Chief Constable Neil Richardson (ACPOS)
Session Leaders: David McKenna (President, Victim Support Europe); Professor Tara Fenwick (University of Stirling); Mandy Haeburn-Little (Scottish Business Crime Centre)

This section focused on strategic opportunities for improved communication, the identification of shared interests and the potential to improve servies within and across sectors.

It looked at the barriers preventing these opportunities from being realised, and consider practical steps that can be taken forward by each sector through bringing to bear a range of professional skills and experiences.

Tara Fenwick – PowerPoint Presentation [1.14 Mb]

Connecting Data: Benefits to Criminal Justice:

Chair: Chief Constable Derek Penman (Central Scotland Police)
Session Leaders: Speaker t.b.c. (Police Service); Professor Susan McVie (University of Edinburgh); Professor Adam Ogilvie-Smith (Logica, now part of CGI)

At present, only a very small proportion of the available open-source information, and that held by public services, is collated, interrogated, analysed and disseminated in a way that is usable on a real time basis for improved operational capability or as reliable evidence for policy development.

This session looked at the technology becoming available. Improved conection and synthesis of data is essential to any meaningful improvement in police efficiency and effectiveness.

It also looked at how effective sharing of information can support rather than distract from the proper separation of investigation, prosecution, court and post-sentence processes; help each agency understand the direct consequences of changes to policy and practice; and equip victims and witnesses to meet their needs.

Connecting Europe:

Chair: Professor Nick Fyfe (Director, SIPR)
Session Leaders: Detlef Nogala (Research & Knowledge Management Officer, CEPOL), Brian Donald (Europol), Professor Betsy Stanko (Met Police) A vision for European policing: is harmony possible?

Scotland’s police have an international reputation for excellence in planning and operations. This session will consider how we might establish a more detailed and constant dialogue with the professional / academic / commercial sectors in comparable countries as part of a mutual mentoring exercise, with countries having more advanced systems in one field supporting those seeking to develop that particular capability. This would be particularly applicable in supporting new or candidate members of the European Union.

Detleft Nogala – Presentation (pdf)[560 Kb]

Plenary Session

Chair: Paddy Tomkins QPM, Droman Ltd

15.00  Policing and police reform in Europe: past, present and future perspectives

    • International Keynote Address: Rob Wainwright (Director, Europol)
    • Professor Cyrille Fijnaut (University of Tilburg, The Netherlands)

The establishment of a national police force: a peaceful revolution of the Dutch police system

    • Dr Jack Nolan (Assistant Commissioner, An Garda Siochana)

Reform, modernisation and frontline policing in 21st Century An Garda SíochánaJack Nolan – PowerPoint Presentation [3.44 Mb]

    • Drazen Maravic (Bureau for Strategic Planning, Republic of Serbia) Learning from each other: developing police organisations within a European context

Drazen Maravic – PowerPoint Presentation [1.21 Mb]

16.30  Chair’s Closing Comments
16.45  Tea / Coffee

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

(front, l-r): Kenny MacAskill, Vic Emery, Stephen House (back, l-r): Paddy Tomkins, Nick Fyfe

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