chapter  5
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Combating crime through partnership: examples of crime and disorder mapping solutions in London, UK

Inanysuchinformation-sharingandpartnershiparrangement,issues thatneedtoberesolvedinclude:

•clearlyidentifyingrequirementsfordatacollection,datamanipulation, appropriatetypesofanalysisandoutputs

•completeandconsistentsetsofcrime(andother)data •theavailabilityofup-to-dateinformation "automatedprocessforgeocodingevents "asimplemethodandwellstructuredprocedureforhandlinginform-

ation •ahighlevelofcommunicationbetweendataprovidersanddatausers •appropriatetypeofGISandsupportingstatisticalanalysissoftware,

includingensuringthecompatibilityofdatatransferandanalytical techniquesbetweensoftwarepackagesusedbydataproviders/partners

•clearlyestablishingsystemexpectationsandprojectaims,plusthe time-framewithinwhichoutputsshouldbeexpected

•considerationonwhowouldbethemostappropriate(andskilled) staffmember(s)fortheday-to-dayoperationoftheproject,andin whichdepartmentwouldtheprojectmostappropriatelybebasedfor guidance,accesstodata,useofoutputs,managementreportingand impactonpolicy

•documentingproceduresandanalysestoahighstandardanddifferent readershipforums

•usersupportbysoftwarevendors •theavailabilityoffundingtomakechanges/updatestothesystemor

trainingofuser. (adaptedfromOpenshawetal.1990)

Manyofthepointsabovearelinkedtoissuessurroundingtheneedfor ahighlevelofcommunicationbetweenthosepartnersengagedininformationsharing.Issuesoftechnologyandsystemcosthavelargelybeen overcomebyGISsoftwaredevelopmentsandreducingpricesoverthelast tenyears,butthelackofsufficientGISexpertiseandknowledgestill representabarrierforthosewhowanttodevelopday-to-daypractical applications.Forexample,itisextremelyraretofindinyourlocalpolice stationanofficerwhohasknowledgeinGISandwhocoulddesign mappingsolutionsthatwouldhaverealvalueinoperationalpolicing.