Place and policing


Last week I was invited to speak at the Metropolitan police’s GIS Awareness day. It was a fantastic day with nearly 300 people attending including the deputy Assistant Commissioner responsible for the Olympics through senior officers to operational staff and analysts.

The purpose of the event was to raise the profile of the use of location or as analysts describe it “place” in the police service. the comments of senior police officers and IT managers indicate the recognition of the importance of LI and particularly of high quality and reliable data:

“Mapping has got the potential to change the way that the police work”

“94% of all intelligence records have a location”

“25% of all location details have one error”

“there is an issue of confidence with inaccuracy”