The Metropolitan Police Service Central Drug-Trafficking Database: Evidence of Need



This chapter discloses the problems inherent in large database systems, the errors that are entered into it by non-trained or only partially trained data input operators, the inconsistencies in the data that further thwart efforts to glean useful information using traditional methods and the absence of a recognition that correct DB input, though time consuming, can be an ardent partner in the identification of relationships and the generation of profiles as a definite source of help and assistance to the enforcement community. It becomes apparent that the police, local, national and international, have at their disposal access to information that could revolutionize the ways in which their jobs are performed, if only they had the knowledge, foresight, funding and incentive to utilize it.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Drugs and HIV/AIDS ExpertUnited Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Russia and Viet Nam, CDTD Deputy Project Manager and Detective Sergeant, Drugs Directorate, New Scotland Yard, Metropolitan Police ServiceLondonUK
  2. 2.Semeion Research CentreRomeItaly

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