Data Quality Standards in Law Enforcement

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    Wednesday24Jun 2020
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    On 17 June, techUK were delighted to run an event with the Home Office, Police ICT Company (PICTCO) and the National Enabler Programme (NEP) which focused on data...


This was a follow-up event to one techUK ran back in January, aiming to define POLE (people, object, location, event) entities for policing with a focus on characteristics & dimensions of data, the development of a data catalogue and future proofing the standard. We welcomed over 60 attendees to this event from across the data standards space, techUK members and a selection of non-members.

Stakeholder Presentations

The event kicked off with Teresa Ashforth, Home Office opening the event with an overview, understanding the framework and what needs to be achieved and engagement with the national standards programme and suppliers. A set of questions were posed to attendees and these were to be considered for the duration of the event. From this, Teresa Ashforth handed over to Simon Parr QPM and David Bailey from NEP for a presentation on the importance of data standards and a vision that -

“All UK police forces will have a secure platform and national standards that enable new ways of working and collaborating; whilst maintaining the autonomy for local decision-making and the control of their digital assets.”

We have seen the successful roll out of Microsoft teams to multiple forces over the last few months. It was great to hear from Simon Parr QPM and David Bailey on how this has helped data standards. To finish the presentations, we heard from Simon Clifford, PICTCO on what has been completed up until now, what the challenges have been and the next steps in developing standards for policing. The National Policing Digital Strategy was highlighted and the importance of standards for effective digital transformation across policing. Attendees heard how this vision would be delivered and the model for delivery and finally next steps and importance of working with the private sector.

Breakout Rooms

Following these presentations, attendees and speakers were broken out into 3 breakout rooms.

Breakout Room 1 – Characteristics & Dimensions of Data

Chaired by Rob Wright, Nexor

  • This session aims to identify and capture the core principles of policing POLE entities.
  • How do we want to define good (what are the characteristics of good quality data)?
  • What would that mean for the innovation in policing (technology and business processes and practices)?
  • How we do we align current data quality issues with possible solutions?
  • How do we embed the principles of good data into business as usual?

Breakout Room 2 – Development of a Data Catalogue

Chaired by Jimmy Cockerton, Microsoft

  • How do we support policing in understanding its data needs?
  • What do suppliers and technologists need in order to fully understand policing requirements?
  • What is the level of detail that will provide value?
  • What governance do we need to ensure any specification is fit for purpose?
  • How do we drive a common language in this space that bridges the gap between IT and the frontline?

Breakout Room 3 – Future Proofing the Standard

Chaired by Nick Gargan, Nick Gargan Consulting

  • How should sustainment work to build trust and transparency?
  • Who are, and should be the key stakeholders in this?
  • What does success look like and how do we build on it?
  • How do we ensure we capture new and emerging data types, platforms, exploitation capabilities?
  • How do we link into the Digital, Data and Technology Strategy?

Feedback & Next Steps

After the breakout room discussions, we reconvened for feedback and next steps which was led by our breakout room chairs. Each room fed back the valuable conversations which took place with engagement throughout the rooms. For this event, techUK, stakeholders and attendees were keen to understand from these discussions how we will now move forward. It was evident from the feedback that there is some excellent working happening and planned and it is important now this way forward has been pathed, we collaborate to take this agenda forward. Results and key points from each breakout room will be collated by techUK and a proposal formed. If you are a member, stakeholder and would like to contribute please do get in touch. More information on this proposal will be sent out in due course.

Thank you again to our speakers and all those that attended and participated in these conversations. We look forward to working with you to take this agenda forward.

  • Georgina Henley

    Georgina Henley

    Programme Manager | Justice and Emergency Services

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