More than 50 people from law enforcement agencies across the UK attended an ACRO conference on 18th May that aimed to improve information sharing.
The event was called ‘Maximising intelligence and analysis of international criminality through joint working’ and brought together police forces, the NPCC, the NCA, NaVCIS and immigration services.
As well as showcasing the range of ACRO's work in keeping people safe, the event highlighted the importance of partnership working and making the most of intelligence and analysis.
In feedback, 100% of those who attended said it helped increase their understanding of the breadth of work ACRO does with partner agencies.
Opening the event, Head of ACRO James Fulton said: “Today is about working together as agencies from across the UK alongside each other to deliver better products that keep people safe.”
Echoing that theme, speakers gave presentations on ACRO’s work as a whole plus our work on the recent Strategic Threat Assessment, the EPDT project and our analysis of modern day slavery offences.
A presentation on a recent partnership between ACRO and the NCA was very popular. Senior Manager Ken Littlewood said: “It’s a good example of working across agencies to share information to investigate crime and protect communities.”
If you’re from a law enforcement agency and would like more information about any the conference, you can speak to ACRO’s Intelligence Unit. Click here for our contact information for police forces and other agencies.
How can cream tea keep people safe?
Imagine a sunny, Sunday afternoon in the garden, with scones covered in cream and strawberry jam and a pot of tea.
Sounds great, right? Well that’s exactly the image ACRO Intelligence Manager Mike Scott presented to the conference to make an important point about information sharing.
He said: “Take any one of those elements out of the picture, and the experience isn’t quite the same. A cream tea isn’t cream tea without a scone or cream or jam. It somehow doesn’t taste quite so good.
“The same is true of information sharing; how can we as agencies deliver the best service to the public if we don’t have the full picture about offending. The more information and analysis we’re able to share, the more replete our knowledge and the better our decisions become.”
A selection of feedback from attendees:
“Very informative presentations, great networking too”
“Thank you for an interesting and informative day”
“Very well organised conference – very useful event”
“Positive event, really well prepared presentations & excellent thought around the audience”
“Well done to all involved – very informative & interesting day”