Information Sharing between Police and Community Partners

01/12/2011 - 29/02/2012

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The exchange of information between the police and community partner organisations forms a core aspect of effective policing and community service provision. However, this must be governed by sets of legislative and organisational rules, or policies. Therefore, a single request for information may require a quick assessment of a large number of rules to evaluate whether the request should be permitted or denied. Increasingly, community partner practitioners have seen a growing need for sharing information, resulting in a greater number of requests, which they need to evaluate in a short period of time. This situation has led to a growing number of incidents where policies have been applied inconsistently or inaccurately.

This research describes a collaborative project, funded by the Scottish Institute for Policing Research, between computer scientists, lawyers, police officers, medical professionals and social workers which aims to produce an effective, yet light-weight, information sharing platform designed from a policing perspective which provides explicit policy definition, a mechanism for quick and verifiable rules evaluation and a platform for evaluating how new rules affect existing policies. The goal is to develop a communication infrastructure that allows information sharing based on legal requirements ‘by design’, through a formal representation of legal rules in a firewall type system. Current work continues to model information sharing rules, and there is a contact with Scottish Enterprise relating to the possible funding of a Proof-of-Concept grant.

Information Sharing between Police and Community Partners is a Research - Other Sources project funded by SIPR. Carried out in collaboration with and others. For further information please refer to .
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  • Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR)
    SIPR is a strategic collaboration between 12 of Scotland's universities and the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland, funded by the Scottish Funding Council, offering a range of opportunities for conducting relevant, applicable research to help the police meet the challenges of the 21st...
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  • Cyber-Security
    Electronic information now plays a vital role in almost every aspect of our daily lives. So the need for a secure and trustworthy online infrastructure is more important than ever. without it, not only the growth of the internet but our personal interactions and the economy itself could be at risk.
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Project Team

William Buchanan
Director of CDCS
+44 131 455 2759
Omair Uthmani
+44 131 455

Associated Publications

Kwecka, Z., Buchanan, W., SCHAFER, B. (2014). "I am Spartacus" – Privacy Enhancing technologies and Privacy as a public good. Artificial Intelligence and Law, 22, (2), 113-139.