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OR Society Criminal Justice SIG 23/6/14 – quick summary

The Criminal Justice Special Interest Group meeting on June 23rd 2014 was held at  the London Mathematical Society. This is a (very) brief summary of the topics covered. A full write-up will be available via the OR Society, later, including speaker slides.

Our first presentation was ‘Modelling for crowd safety’ by Dr. Keith Still, Professor of Crowd Sciences, Bucks New University. Keith has 25 years’ experience of consulting in this field and entertained us, as well as educating us on a topic that has serious consequences if done badly (Hillsborough being one of the most topical and shocking examples).

‘Assessing the likely  impact of changes to police processes’ was our second presentation by Martin Rahman and Gail Mawdsley of West Yorkshire Police. They described a bespoke Value Stream Mapping template they have created in Microsoft Visio with the ability to export this to Excel for further analysis.

‘Exploring large data sets for a UK police force’ by Jordi Blanes i Vidal (LSE) and Tom Kirchmaier (Manchester Business School) was a fascinating insight into trends and patterns related to sickness absence.   The analysis had some clear implications for HR policy, particularly in relation to managing an ageing workforce.

Our final presentation was ‘Structuring and modelling types and causes of social exclusion for the Swedish national police board’ by Nasir Hussain from Strategy Foresight Partnership.  Nasir explained General Morphological Analysis which is a 2-dimensional method of displaying the factors associated with a multi-dimensional problem. (Slides here)

The next CJ SIG meeting will be held in November 2014.  Contact Sue Merchant for details.

Download the full report here and slides here.

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