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Targeting crimes and criminals through data

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The Society of Data Miners is delighted to announce the second in a series of Analytics Practitioner Seminars at the Alan Turing Institute for Data Science.

Speaker: Rick Adderley, A E Solutions.

This talk will discuss the challenges of mining Police data to provide operational intelligence. Rick will introduce the data and systems involved in day-to-day reporting, resource tasking and arresting offenders, including the issues of linking data across systems and the challenges of extracting useful information from free text. Digging into more advanced analytics, Rick will discuss criminal network analysis or CNA, an important tool in crime prevention and detection, and the differences between analysing overt networks (SNA) and covert networks (CNA). Rick will describe how supervised and unsupervised learning methods have been used in the identification of prolific and priority offenders, and how the results are used to solve crimes and target offenders, and to use resources effectively. Finally Rick will describe the EU-funded FP7 project Valcri (, and its task to provide a Police data set that is suitable for release into the research community.

Rick is a retired Police Officer having served for 32 years in an operational capacity. His legacy to the Service is an intelligence product which was developed for the West Midlands region and is now used by all UK Police Forces; he specialises in profiling criminal activity. Rick retired in 2003 and started his data mining company, A E Solutions, focusing within the UK Emergency Services arena. Rick is also a director of the Society of Data Miners.