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Centre for Risk Research

*****SEMINAR POSTPONED***** Investigating the efficient use of police resources through modelling and statistical analysis Event

Dr Sarah Dunnett
13:00 - 15:00
18 March 2020
Building 2, Room 3043, Highfield campus, University of Southampton, SO17 1BJ

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Police forces play a key role in ensuring the public’s safety by responding to emergencies, performing neighbourhood patrols, monitoring criminal activity, making arrests, investigating crimes and testifying in court. With today’s society in a state of austerity major funding cuts are being implemented on public services including the police. It is vital that the police are still able to protect the public with the limited and decreasing number of resources available and this means an increase in operational efficiency is required to maintain or improve service standards. In this presentation two of the key roles performed by the police are considered. 

In terms of responding to emergencies and performing patrols, algorithms have been developed to enable the optimal allocation of police resource to attend an incident and also generate the ideal response resource patrolling locations.  Hence enhancing the ability to respond whilst operating in a dynamic environment. In the role of arresting and detaining, the process of assessing the risk that detainees pose to themselves and others when in custody is considered. A mixed methods approach is adopted investigating custody data alongside qualitative data obtained from interviewing custody officers. 

Speaker Biography:

P Sarah Dunnett received her BSc and MSc degrees in Mathematics from London University, U.K. and her PhD from Leeds University U.K. She has worked as a lecturer at Leeds University and as a senior research officer at the Health and Safety Laboratories in the UK and is currently a senior lecturer working in the Risk and Reliability group in the Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering at Loughborough University. Her current research has focussed on system reliability assessment involving the application of a variety of techniques including Fault Trees, Binary Decision Diagrams and simulation using Petri Nets. Her work has also extended to the related areas of resilience of nuclear reactors, fault diagnostics and prognostics, automated reliability model generation, aerosol modelling, demand modelling and resource allocation. 

Speaker information

Dr Sarah Dunnett,Risk and Reliability Group, Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough LE11 3TU, University of Loughborough Email:,

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