Police in London have tested software designed to identify which gang members are most likely to commit violent crimes. The 20-week pilot study is thought to have been the first of its kind in the UK, although similar experiments have been carried out elsewhere. It used five years worth of historic data, but the idea would be to analyse up-to-date details if it is deployed.
A new, online special topics course being offered by Simon Fraser University’s School of Criminology in Vancouver, Canada will give students the chance to hone high-level crime investigation skills by accessing a virtual forensic criminal intelligence analysis lab.
SFU is the first university in North America to build and offer a virtual forensic analysis lab, which includes access to industry standard software and tools such as ESRI ArcMap Crime Analyst and IBM i2 Analyst Notebook, and a number of tools previously reserved for law enforcement and intelligence agency personnel only.
Working together with SFU criminology professor Curt Griffiths, Ryan Prox, a special constable with the Vancouver Police Department and an SFU instructor, will teach Crim 417, Introduction to Crime and Intelligence Analysis: Theory and Practice through SFU’s Centre for Online and Distance Education (CODE). Students enrolled in the special topics criminology course can log in to the lab and use the highly specialized forensic analysis tools online.
The EU and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) have teamed up to launch a campaign on effective disaster preparedness measures. Entitled the Disaster Resilience Journal, it is an interactive web platform full of stories from individuals and communities recovering from devastating disasters. Throughout October, the Journal will be updated daily and will ultimately be comprised of 42 short articles, available in 11 languages. The articles can take a variety of forms, including photo or video essays, interviews, games, or quizzes. Each of them will aim to educate about resilience through example and illustration.
The Journal continues to invite stories on disaster resilience from the public.
More police departments have adopted data analytics as a way to combat urban crime. Supporters of the approach, also referred to as predictive policing, say that if it is used in conjunction with existing policing techniques, such as community policing, it could have a drastic impact on crime. Some note, however, that the predictive policing methodology is more useful for its general tactical utility rather than the accuracy of its predictions.
The European Banking Federation (EBF) and Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which paves the way for intensifying cooperation between law enforcement and the financial sector in the EU.
With the increasing ‘cyberisation’ of crime affecting the financial sector, closer cooperation between the EBF and EC3 is expected to have positive results in preventing and fighting the crimes of tomorrow, including increasingly sophisticated phishing techniques and the spreading of a multitude of banking malware variations/permutations. Both organisations facilitate the connection of essential partners: the EBF links leading financial institutions together and EC3 links cybercrime divisions of police forces in the EU Member States.