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

Pythian, Rebecca and Kirby, Stuart orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-3049-1248 (2022) What does the UK Police National Database tell us about the future of police intelligence? Policing . pp. 1-14.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1093/police/paac074

Abstract

Developments in technology are transforming society, creating more opportunities for offenders and complicating the policing landscape. The challenge for law enforcement is to identify criminal patterns from an offender’s electronic traces and 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 of PND usage data highlight that different forces use the PND, and its various capabilities, with different levels of frequency. Thematic analyses of interviews and focus groups with PND users identified: specific examples of PND use, as well as its perceived strengths, perceived deficiencies, and future considerations. Implications for policing practice are discussed.


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