Episode 9

Published on:

2nd Jan 2024

S4 | Ep 9 | Building Trust; The Power of Prediction with Aimee Smith, Director of Data at Metropolitan Police

In Episode 9, of Season 4, of Driven by Data: The Podcast, Kyle Winterbottom is joined by Aimee Smith, Director of Data at Metropolitan Police (probably known as Scotland Yard by most outside of the UK), where they discuss the opportunities that Data & Analytics presents to revolutionise policing and moving to prediction for prevention, which includes;

  • Tackling Organised Crime Groups
  • Chairing the national police data board bringing together 43 organisations
  • Being one of the most complained about organisations to the ICO
  • The importance of executive sponsorship
  • How investment is linked to your highest leadership level
  • The biggest challenges Met Police/Scotland Yard have with data
  • Why their people are genuinely their biggest asset and the challenge that creates for D&A investment
  • Peelian principles; why data has always been used in policing
  • What they have done to prove their value
  • Using credible stakeholders within the organisations to tell the data story
  • The different levels of data-led decision-making
  • The opportunity to revolutionise policing through data and analytics
  • The challenges of being judged based on media headlines
  • Why the obsession with catching offenders could be the wrong approach
  • Prioritising workload in potential life and death situations
  • How the public help set the organisation's business strategy
  • Why most people don’t connect data to their core role and mission
  • Why their data can be valuable to UK PLC but the challenges in articulating how
  • How the expectations of how data is used are different within the same organisation
  • Fixing broken relationships with the black community while also trying to deploy DS/ML with biased data
  • Tackling bias and ethics as an organisation that people love to scrutinise
  • Using their own DS team to test for bias
  • Choosing not to deploy certain solutions due to bias and ethical concerns
  • Needing to build trust with the public before they can execute on predictive analytics
  • A shout-out to Davin Crowley Sweet

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About the Podcast

Driven by Data: The Podcast
Designed for Data Enthusiasts to hear from the Data & Analytics industry's thought leaders
Orbition Group is delighted to bring you this podcast series, which is designed for Data Enthusiasts, to hear from some of the most high-profile Data, Analytics and AI thought leaders from around the globe.

Each episode will detail the guests journey to the top while bringing unique insights, drawn from first-hand experience on the industry’s most trending topics.

This podcast was created as a way for our industry's most respected leadership figures from across the world to give back to the Data & Analytics community, by sharing; knowledge, experiences and ideas, to inspire, innovate and provide real-life use cases on the industries most pressing topics/challenges.

About your host

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Kyle Winterbottom

Founder of Orbition Group, a Search and Talent Solutions business that operates exclusively within the world of Data, Analytics & AI.

I am hugely passionate about enabling organisations to drive decisions and obtain value from the use of Data, Analytics & Artificial Intelligence.

As such, I believe it is imperative that as a community, we share; knowledge, ideas, real-life use cases and inspiration to collectively give back to our industry.

Given my fortunate position of speaking with hundreds, if not thousands of leadership figures within the global Data & Analytics community each year , I feel it is my duty to share the successes, failures, challenges and opportunities.

Therefore, I have positioned Orbition Group to be a facilitator of that knowledge sharing, through these podcasts, events we host and public speaking.