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How Startups Penetrate Policing

A new report looking at how startups can infiltrate the policing market has been released and highlights several challenges facing SMEs set to work with the sector.

A new wave of tech startups is set to transform policing in the UK by helping forces across the country change how they operate.

The PoliceTech report was carried out by Public, an organisation set up by former Number 10 aide Daniel Korski to bridge the gap between startups and public sector.

The 75 most innovative startups are discussed at length in the report, with areas of expertise ranging from data analytics firms to predictive policing companies, all of which have the potential to dramatically change how policing operates.

One startup, Chrous Intelligence, has been developing data cleaning software since 2011, and is already used by 85% of the UK’s police forces, as well as every counter-terrorism and Home Office immigration unit.

Richard Helson, Chorus Intelligence’s customer relationship director said: “Every software company in the world exports into an Excel spreadsheet.

“Some are really clean, some are really dirty, and we will take any of that data and clean it to an evidential standard. Police officers can’t make judgments on data unless it is cleansed.”

According to Helson, however, Chorus is still waiting on payment for services rendered three years ago, highlighting procurement speed as a major issue in the policing space.

The report has also put other issues under a spotlight, such as the practical and ethical aspects related to algorithmic data, machine learning and contracting with companies who sell to countries that hold questionable human rights records.

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