Using Agile Project management to combat Identity Crime

Tuesday 13 November 2012

6.00pm - 8.30pm (refreshments available 30 minutes before)

BCS London, Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA | Maps

Gary Miles

In one of the first applications of the Agile approach in the Metropolitan Police, a new system has been developed to combat the use of known false identities in criminal activities. Last year, the system prevented £5 million pounds worth of fraud, and detected a further £15 million pounds of fraud.

Amberhill is a unique police operation tasked with combating the use of forged, counterfeit and fraudulently obtained genuine identity documents to commit crime. It receives details of false documents in various formats from organisations and law enforcement agencies across the UK. These are assessed, processed and enhanced before shared with partners in the Public and Private Sector via bespoke Information Sharing agreements. This data is cross-matched and the positive matches investigated to identify prevention, disruption and enforcement opportunities. It has prosecuted 80 people found to have obtained enhanced CRB disclosure to gain employment with children and vulnerable adults, whilst disrupting another 500. It is held up as best practice in relation to cross-Government Information sharing.

Using Agile project management techniques and working with the Institute for Government, Home Office and Cabinet Office, a comprehensive database was developed to replace the spreadsheets previously used. The next stage of development includes externally hosting the software product to enable direct access by partners as well as automating the extraction and dissemination of the data to partners on a weekly basis.

About the Speaker:

DI Gary Miles is the Operational head of Amberhill with over 26 years of policing experience. He has had previous experience of conventional projects and will give his views as a project client on the benefits and pitfalls of undertaking an Agile project.

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