Scottish International Policing Conference 2019
The conference focussed on digital policing and the ethical challenges regarding the role of technology in policing – a timely topic given the Justice Committee’s Stage 1 report on the Scottish Biometrics Commissioner Bill was issued this week.
Tom acknowledged that these are challenging times for SPA and all public bodies as we play our part in the governance of a changing landscape and welcomed the opportunity to engage in the ‘informed discussion’ on emerging ethical, legal and societal issues.
Whilst the Authority is firmly committed to ensuring that our police service adapts to meet the needs of the future and to respond to changing patterns of crime, the SPA also has a responsibility to ensure such change takes into account wider societal concerns and the rights of individuals.
In his speech, Tom highlighted that Police Scotland and the Authority learnt lessons from the roll out of Digital Triage Devices (Cyber Kiosks) and this has informed the service’s consideration of and the Authority’s governance of similar issues.
The SPA established a Digital Forensics Working Group in June 2019 which contains representatives from HMICS, Police Scotland, COPFS and Forensic Services to review the delivery, accreditation, oversight and governance of digital forensics in Scotland.
The Authority is also jointly chairing with Police Scotland a Policy and Research Forum which is working with stakeholders, including Scottish Government and SIPR, on wider issues of importance to policing, which will cover the use of new technology.