Humberside Police deploys ‘fuzzy matching’ to fight crime

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Humberside Police deploys ‘fuzzy matching’ to fight crime

Tash Shifrin

Humberside Police force has deployed Informatica’s Data Quality software to monitor, clean up and enrich the information it uses to fight crime.

The software has enabled the police force to align its data with internal and external quality standards and improve the effectiveness of its crime and intelligence information systems.

Humberside Police head of information services Graham Dawson said, “We identified poor data quality and consistency as major inhibitors to the successful use of technology in crime prevention and intelligence.

"With Informatica Data Quality we were very quickly able to establish just how deep our data quality problems were and to immediately set about addressing them with the relevant business system owners.”

The software also allows the police to carry out “fuzzy matching” across its systems – bringing up a list of results based on likely relevance, even where initial search terms may not exactly match.

The technique allows police officers to find links between known individuals and crimes, and between incidents recorded in different systems.

These links had previously been difficult to establish because of poor data quality and the lack of unified data management standards.

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