Ian Stevenson. CEO, Cyan Forensics
OPINION: Ian Stevenson, Chair of the Online Safety Technology Industry Association (OSTIA) and CEO and co-founder of Cyan Forensics, explores some of the key questions and challenges around innovation and technology in policing.
Adrian Timberlake, Chief Technical Officer - Seven Technologies Group
OPINION: Adrian Timberlake, chief technical officer at Seven Technologies Group, explains how facial recognition could help to reduce bias and protect innocent members of the public, while ensuring the guilty are brought to justice.
Dr Kirstin Weerdenburg, Assistant Professor, Dalhousie University
OPINION: Young people stopped by police while carrying drugs for personal use often swallow the substance to avoid additional charges, with potentially life-threatening consequences. Assistant Professor and Pediatric Emergency Physician Dr Kirstin Weerdenburg, and Kristyn Anderson, a Clinical Social Worker and PhD student, both of Dalhousie University, believe police discretion and decriminalisation are the way forward.
Ch Insp Stephen Lenney, Devon and Cornwall Police
OPINION: With myriad books on management, leadership and personal skills, its unsurprising that no single philosophy offers the 'silver bullet' solution; but Chief Inspector Steve Lenney believes police leadership could benefit greatly from the jigsaw puzzle approach.
Charlie Norman, Managing Director, DriveTech
OPINION: The widespread availability of E-scooters on the roads of British towns and cities is causing increasing controversy and producing polarised reactions. Charlie Norman of DriveTech examines the issues for policing that E-scooters present.
Tom Wheelhouse, CEO, Mightify
OPINION: It's time for a proactive approach to frontline health, welfare, skills and career support, believes Mightify CEO Tom Wheelhouse – and investing in action rather than awareness and discussion will bring huge rewards.
Andrew Staniforth, Policing Insight
FEATURE: The shocking events of 9/11 in the USA brought the role of Special Branch and ports police – a crucial part of the UK counter-terror apparatus – into much sharper focus, and fed into an inspection process which would lead to major changes in their role and status, as Policing Insight contributor Andy Staniforth explains.
OPINION: Technological innovation is crucial in enabling digital forensics teams to tackle the growth in devices and data; but the success of innovators relies on police engagement, explains Ian Stevenson, Chair of the Online Safety Technology Industry Association (OSTIA) and CEO of Cyan Forensics.
Superintendent Simon Nelson, President, Disabled Police Association
OPINION: Superintendent Simon Nelson, President of the Disabled Police Association, looks at the impact language and categorisation can have on individuals in diverse 'minority' groups, including those with a disability.
Yael Bar-tur, Digital Media Strategist
OPINION: 'You may be terrified of social media. Unfortunately, you have every reason to be. It's a dangerous place where things get taken out of context and rumours fly': Yael Bar-tur, New York Police Department's former Director of Social Media, explores the risks and opportunities for policing's digital communications.
Former Ch Supt Owen West
OPINION: The COVID-19 pandemic and and Black Lives Matter protests have seen policing face new and unique challenges over recent months; but as crowd control specialist Owen West points out, attempting to ban legitimate demonstrations and reclassifying protest groups as serious crime organisations or domestic extremists is both dangerous and futile.
Dr Sean Creaney, Senior Lecturer, Edge Hill University
OPINION: Knife crime hit a record high in England and Wales before the COVID-19 lockdown, leading to calls for tougher sentencing; but Sean Creaney, Senior Lecturer at Edge Hill University, and Jo Deakin, Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester, argue that engaging young people in their rehabilitation process is a more effective way of reducing reoffending.
Nathan Bird, UK Police Lead, Hootsuite
OPINION: Nathan Bird, UK Policing lead for social media company Hootsuite, believes the changes that policing will need to make as a result of the European Electronic Communications Code – known as ‘Next Generation 999’ – should be seen as a real opportunity to revitalise police engagement and public contact in a digital society.
Gareth Davies, Director, The Bravest Path
OPINION: In the lead up to World Suicide Prevention Day, former police leader turned development coach Gareth Davies highlights the problematic policing culture that contributes to deaths among serving and former officers, and how leadership, learning and emotional development could deliver positive change.
Oscar Bachs, Head of Business Development, Unblur
OPINION: The challenges of the Coronavirus pandemic have stretched emergency services around the globe in strikingly similar ways; Oscar Bachs, from Barcelona technology company Unblur, describes how innovations such as AI and situational awareness software could be used to enhance the safety and effectiveness of blue light workers.
OPINION: Ian Stevenson, Chair of the Online Safety Technology Industry Association (OSTIA) and CEO of Cyan Forensics, outlines the ever-increasing challenge facing police digital forensic teams targeting issues such as online child sexual abuse, and highlights the opportunities for transformational change by utilising new technology to tackle such crimes.
Toby Lindsay, Principal Consultant, Skills for Justice
OPINION: Last week saw the inaugural police-focused Changing Times, Changing Practice event, a one-day webinar hosted by Skills for Justice to share good practice and learning, and explore how organisation development and change can help to create a diverse, trusted and modern police force. Event facilitator Toby Lindsay looks at some of the key issues discussed on the day, and the next steps.
Dr Brian Moss – University of Southampton
OPINION: As policing by consent and the basis of police interaction with the public are widely debated, Dr Brian Moss of the University of Southampton argues that a hardening of police tactics – such as increased used of CEDs and predictive policing – have been met largely with silence by the UK police inspectorates.
Professor Bill Bogart - University of Windsor
OPINION: A report by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) backed the decriminalisation of drugs for personal use; Professor Bill Bogart explores whether the country is ready and willing to take that step.
Keith Potter - Editor, Policing Insight
FEATURE: COVID-19 has represented a major challenge to the emergency services, but has also led to an acceleration in collaborative working; now a new survey aims to capture and share successful collaborations, as a foundation for future workforce transformation