How do you stop Murders happening?

Andy Waters, IT Project Manager, Home Office and Police Sector


Some murders happen because police forces cannot share information between themselves and other relevant agencies. The Soham murders kicked off the Police National Database programme. Soham represented a failure of information sharing: Humberside had information that had it been made available to Cambridgeshire would have stopped Ian Huntley ever being employed in a school.

The key obstacle to information sharing is that police forces hold the same information, but on a variety of systems in different formats and structures. The objective of the Police National Database (PND) was to consolidate intelligence information held by more than 50 UK forces, each of which had multiple systems on which they held intelligence Information.

To achieve this, the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) designed, built and managed a Code List Management Service (CLMS) to provide the tools to reconcile and aggregate this intelligence information. Why did NPIA do this? Because nobody anywhere else in the world were doing it when they tried to buy a CLMS.

This presentation will provide an overview of CLMS, and describe how it is relevant to all ICT projects, not just to the police sector. It will also outline the NPIA's experience in commercialising the service, and in bringing the service to the wider public and private sector.

Speaker Profile:

Andy Waters has worked in the Home Office and Police Sector for nearly 25 years. Originally an IT professional at the Police National Computer (PNC), he made the transition to the project management 'dark-side' about 10 years ago when he realised project managers had more fun. Previous projects include Home Office Criminal Policy IT Strategy, HOLMES2 and Casualty Bureau (police systems for managing major incidents and crimes), Police Corporate Data Model, the Information Systems Strategy for the Police Service, Police Service ITIL Implementation Strategy, and most recently the Code List Management Service and its commercialisation.

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