Research Output
A critique of the implementation of crime and intelligence computing in three British Police forces 1976-1986
  The study will examine the introduction of the computerisation of crime and intelligence recording in three police forces in the United Kingdom in the decade 1976-1986. The thesis will critique the roles and actions of the main players in this decade, The Home Office in London England, three provincial police forces, Kent County Constabulary, Humberside Police and Lothian and Borders Police, and the computer supply industry.

The study will consider the concept of ‘crime’ from a jurisprudential viewpoint and will consider the legal imposition on chief officers of police to collect, store and distribute certain crime based data. The study will also examine and analyse in detail three computer projects in different police forces. The use of new, complex and expensive computer programs is highlighted with the introduction of free text searching of large data sources and the need for large scale mainframe computers to handle the analysis and storage of that data. The limited success of two police projects will question the requirement for central government control of publicly funded new technology.

The study will examine strategic planning in the process, as well as the rush to be the first police force to embrace the new technology. Further the study will review central government control over public spending, in the first police force based computerisation projects.

In conclusion, the thesis will suggest that new police systems should be scaled to local needs and guided by expert central advice. Additionally, chief police officers should be encouraged to use new technology in a strategic manner, sharing outcomes in open fora. Possible new research problems are listed and evaluated.

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  • Date:

    31 August 2008

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  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    004.2 Systems analysis, design & performance


Naylor, A. S. R. A critique of the implementation of crime and intelligence computing in three British Police forces 1976-1986. (Thesis). Edinburgh Napier University. Retrieved from



Crime reporting; Intelligence reporting; Jurisprudence; Computerisation; Methodology; Government policy; Government fiscal control; Strategic planning;

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