What does the UK Police National Database tell us about the future of police intelligence?

REBECCA PHYTHIAN, Stuart Kirby

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Abstract

Developments in technology are transforming society, which creates more opportunities for offenders. The challenge for the police is to identify criminal patterns from an offender’s electronic traces, to provide actionable intelligence. However, these traces are held by diverse police forces and are rarely connected. In 2011, to overcome this challenge, the Police National Database (PND) was launched to provide a national intelligence overview from local data. This study examines the database, using a mixed methods approach. Descriptive and inferential analyses highlight that different forces use the PND, and its various capabilities, with different levels of frequency. Interviews with PND users also identified the following themes: specific examples, perceived strengths, perceived deficiencies, and future considerations. Implications for policing practice are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPolicing (Oxford)
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 19 Jul 2022

Keywords

  • Police National Database
  • police
  • intelligence
  • information sharing
  • technology

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