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Friday, March 30, 2012 in Blog

Last year the Daily Telegraph pointed out that: “Hot weather prompted a rise in police calls”  and conventional wisdom holds that violent crime increases during hot weather. Even our language is peppered with references to “hotheads”, whose anger “simmers” until they either “lose their cool” and “blow up” or finally “cool down”.

Florida State University researchers found that, over two years, violent assaults consistently increased in Minneapolis as temperatures rose toward the 80s. They attributed the change partly to “social opportunity”: when the temperature goes up, more people spend more time outside. (In other words, they argued that ...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 in Blog

With anti social behaviour being in pretty much every prospective Police and Crime Commissioners ‘top things to focus on’ list, and with alcohol consumption being a key factor in a significant amount of said anti social behaviour, the recently released Home Office Research Report Number 60 makes for topical interesting reading and provides some useful practical evidence about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to alcohol intervention strategies.

The report is a summary of findings from two evaluations of Home Office Alcohol Arrest Referral pilot schemes which were set up across 12 police forces over the period Oct 2007 ...

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 in Blog

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to an interesting event in London hosted by Nuance. They’re a leading provider of speech, text and imaging solutions for business and consumers and have been doing some really progressive work in bringing time and efficiency saving applications to policing.

Essentially the event showcased four application areas: voice biometrics (recognising people over the phone by their speech patterns), call automation through call steering and routing, secure interview transcription and speech enabled stop and search.

Whilst all offer significant value, from a frontline perspective the applications that took my eye were the ...

Thursday, January 26, 2012 in Blog

Predictive Policing: Buzz phrase of the moment or the latest tool for catching criminals and reducing crime in the police toolbox? Either way there’s a lot of noise and focus around predictive policing at the moment.

It’s said that once is accident, twice is coincidence and three times is a pattern (analysts: feel free to disagree here!) and so it is with ‘predictive policing’ at the moment.

The first predictive policing thing to catch my eye recently was the work that Spencer Chainey from UCL’s Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science (twitter: @SpencerChainey) has recently undertaken with the Trafford ...

Thursday, November 17, 2011 in Blog reports that Tesco has today launched its first augmented reality programme that will allow customers to view 3D images of more than 40 products from the electronics and entertainment sections both instore or online.

Powered by augmented reality firm Kishino, people can use computer terminals now located in seven Tesco stores across the UK to scan a product code or Tesco Direct catalogue.

Tesco has said that it hopes the use of augmented reality on customers’ home desktops will reduce the number of returns, as people can get an idea of the size of the product before ordering online.

Tesco is ...

Friday, September 9, 2011 in Blog

In some policing areas in the UK English is very much the second language and the variety of languages spoken is overwhelming. This poses real problems for all aspects of policing, as essentially, policing is about people and people are about effective communication. No communication = ineffective policing.

Just to add to the problem, online social communication within and between individuals, groups and communities has seen explosive growth and is only just getting started. So, with budgets being more tightly constrained than ever and translation costs at an all time high, how can local police communicate with non english speaking communities? Well, fortunately, ...