What is the Ethics Committee?
Following a detailed stakeholder engagement, the Ethics Committee has been set up by the Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) and West Midlands Police (WMP). The Committee’s job will be to advise the PCC and Chief Constable on data science projects being proposed by WMP’s Data Analytics Lab.
The Lab is led by specially recruited data scientists and will develop programmes of work that use data more intelligently to help WMP prevent crime, allocate resources more efficiently and help it to do its job of keeping the public safe.
The Ethics Committee has been set up to help ensure that ethics and people’s rights are put at the heart of the Lab’s work. Using the Committee’ expertise, WMP will be in a better position to help people avoid crime and support the communities of the West Midlands.
How was the Ethics Committee recruited?
Following a formal application, shortlisting and interview process which involved shortlisting and interview panels with both male and female representation and expertise from West Midlands Police’s Diversity & Inclusion Team, we are delighted to have appointed people with a very diverse range of relevant skills and experiences.
All appointments having been made strictly on merit. The majority come from, live and/or work in the West Midlands, and there is a 50/50 split between men and women.
We used a specialist BAME recruitment agency to share our advert for the ethics committee vacancies across their networks, including different ethnic minority, single parents, disability, religious, sexual orientation and gender groups.
This was supplemented with adverts in national publications and the sharing of the advert at universities across the West Midlands, through the members of the PCC’s Strategic Policing & Crime Board and across the PCC’s social media.
The policy and operations lead for ethics is Tom McNeil, Strategic Adviser to the Police & Crime Commissioner, and Member of the Strategic Policing & Crime Board.
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The Ethics Committee Board includes the Strategic Advisor to the Police and Crime Commissioner (Tom McNeil), Chief Executive and Monitoring Officer (Jonathan Jardine) and 10 Committee Members.
The board members are Anindya Banerjee, Malcolm Fowler, Peter Fussey, Jamie Grace, Janine Green, Rebbecca Hemmings, Jennifer Housego, Marion Oswald (Chair), Claire Paterson-Young and Tom Sorell.
The biographies of those appointed can be found below.
Marion is the Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Fellow in Law at the University of Northumbr… Read more
Marion is the Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Fellow in Law at the University of Northumbria, an Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute, Chair of the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner and West Midlands Police Data Ethics Committee, a member of the National Statistician’s Data Ethics Committee, an executive member of the British and Irish Law, Education and Technology Association and a member of the Council of Europe Working Group of Experts on Artificial Intelligence and Criminal Law. She is also joint law track chair of the Association of Computing Machinery Fairness, Accountability and Transparency (ACM FAT) Conference 2020.
Marion’s research focuses on the interaction between law and digital technology, and involves multi-disciplinary collaboration and doctrinal, empirical and conceptual methodologies. Building on her background as a practising lawyer within Government and technology companies, she has developed a particular specialism in the use of digital technologies and big data within policing and the wider public sector. She regularly writes, speaks and advises on the impacts of new technologies, and the legal, ethical and social issues raised by personal data sharing and the deployment of innovative technology in the public and private sectors, focusing upon administrative and public law and human rights issues. She has a particular interest in the use of information, Big Data and algorithms to solve public sector problems, and in the challenges to children’s best interests raised by our digital society.
Deputy Chief Constable Louisa Rolfe’s career in policing started in Avon and Somerset… Read more
Deputy Chief Constable Louisa Rolfe’s career in policing started in Avon and Somerset Police, where she rose from being a neighbourhood PC to becoming one of the country’s most senior female officers.
During her 25 year career with Avon and Somerset Police, she led on development of a Regional Organised Crime Unit and Counter Terrorism Intelligence Unit in the South West, a two-force Major Crime Investigation Team, and a tri-force response to roads policing, firearms and dogs alongside Wiltshire and Gloucestershire Police forces.
She is also passionate about diversity and equality issues and, as Head of CID in Avon and Somerset, helped increase representation of women officers in top crime fighting posts.
DCC Rolfe joined West Midlands Police as Deputy Chief Constable in February 2016.
Her role with the force is to oversee the force’s WMP2020 change programme that features 33 individual projects designed to make the force more agile when fighting crime and more accessible to the public.
She led the UK police response to HMIC’s report Everyone’s Business – which focused on improving the response to domestic abuse survivors – urging forces to prioritise domestic abuse and securing substantial improvements across the service. She is also the National Police Chiefs Council lead for domestic abuse.
DCC Rolfe is married with two children.
Professor Anindya Banerjee joined the Department of Economics in January 2008 as Prof… Read more
Professor Anindya Banerjee joined the Department of Economics in January 2008 as Professor in Economics. Before coming to Birmingham he was Professor at the European University Institute in Florence and Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford. Professor Banerjee received his Ph.D. from the University of Oxford.
His interests lie in time series econometrics, including factor models, and the econometrics of integrated panel data. He has recently been using his expertise in econometric modelling to look at the use of algorithmic methods in augmenting police decision making.
Seventy three and married with twin daughters and a grandson, Malcolm has had a stake… Read more
Seventy three and married with twin daughters and a grandson, Malcolm has had a stake in the West Midlands since moving to Birmingham over fifty years ago. For over forty seven years he was a criminal defence Solicitor practitioner and advocate. With Higher Rights of Audience since June 1995, he has since then undertaken much Crown Court advocacy to include jury trials and other sensitive and serious cases.
Malcolm has held many exacting voluntary posts, notably as President of the Birmingham Law Society, as Chair of the Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association, as Chair also of the national Law Society’s Criminal Law Committee and as a member of the Society’s Council and its Human Rights Committee. Since retiring he has continued with many voluntary activities touching upon close interests and resolute beliefs in criminal justice and penal reform. For about fifty years he has been a regular broadcaster and legal commentator on a host of criminal justice and allied topics.
Pete Fussey is a professor of sociology in the Department of Sociology at the Univers… Read more
Pete Fussey is a professor of sociology in the Department of Sociology at the University of Essex, UK, a department that is consistently ranked among the highest in the UK for research excellence. Professor Fussey’s main research interests focus on; surveillance, digital sociology, human rights, control and the city and has published widely across these areas. He is a director of the Centre for Research into Information, Surveillance and Privacy (CRISP), and research director for a five-year large-scale ESRC project analysing the human rights implications of emerging technology, with particular focus on digital policing and surveillance practices in the US, UK, Brazil, Germany and India. His other work focuses on organised crime in the EU with particular reference to the trafficking of children for criminal exploitation (monograph Child Trafficking in the EU: Policing and protecting Europe’s most vulnerable published by Routledge in 2017).
Professor Fussey has also worked with and advised national and regional governments in the UK and Europe on a number of issues including the regulation of surveillance, public order policing and the security and social implications of urban mega-events. Most recently we have conducted collaborative work with a several national oversight bodies including the Investigatory Powers Commissioners Office.
He is also currently working with UN agencies on issues concerning human rights and digital technology and also leads the human rights strand of the UK’s national surveillance camera strategy.
Jamie Grace Committee Member Jamie Grace Jamie is currently Senior Lect… Read more
Committee Member Jamie Grace
Jamie is currently Senior Lecturer in Law in the Department of Law and Criminology at Sheffield Hallam University, holding this post since January 2014. He is course leader of both the MA and LL.M in Applied Human Rights courses taught in his Department. He is an active researcher in the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice, and a Fellow of the Sheffield Institute of Policy Studies, both part of Sheffield Hallam University.
He was previously Senior Lecturer in Law in the School of Law & Criminology at the University of Derby (with various roles from June 2007 until January 2014). In terms of his research, Jamie is a privacy law specialist, and chiefly teaches on human rights issues connected with policies in criminal justice, welfare and education.
Since completing her post-graduate certificate in law, Janine has specialised in tack… Read more
Since completing her post-graduate certificate in law, Janine has specialised in tackling anti-social behaviour, holding a number of roles in Councils and Housing Associations.
Until 2018, Janine was Managing Director of a national organisation with over 300 member organisations. The primary drive of the team was to develop, share and influence best practice in relation to ASB. Janine has worked with the Home Office on a number of occasions, acting as an expert practitioner and peer reviewer. She was significantly involved in providing evidence to shape the ASB, Crime and Policing Act 2014.
Janine is now self-employed, providing services directly to her clients. She continues to offer support and guidance to a number of national policy forums and groups. She is also a “BBC Expert Woman”, providing contributions to the media on the subject of ASB. Janine is a judicial member of the Scottish Court Service and a proud trustee for ASB Help, a charity established to improve the services given to victims of ASB.
Rebbecca has lived and worked in Birmingham all her life. As a citizen of the city, s… Read more
Rebbecca has lived and worked in Birmingham all her life. As a citizen of the city, she is keen to ensure that it is safe place to live and that all residents are treated fairly and equally. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Strawberry Words consultancy. Over the years facilitators have worked in schools to improve written and spoken English and facilitate conversations around diversity.
Rebbecca Hemmings is also the Development Officer for the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance. This role sees her building regional networks, increasing the cultural diversity of the membership and training people who are committed to rehabilitation within the criminal justice system through the arts.
Jennifer joined Essex Police in May 2015, to lead on digital transformation. Prior to… Read more
Jennifer joined Essex Police in May 2015, to lead on digital transformation. Prior to that Jennifer spent 9 years as a Senior Manager in the NCA having joined SOCA when it first started on the 1st April 2006. Jennifer worked in the NCA Intelligence Hub as Head of Open Source, as well as leading the Picture of Threat Team, the Drugs Intelligence desk and Industry Alerts.
Jennifer also spent a couple of years in SOCA’s Cyber Unit and looking after Digital Forensics as well as Information management. Jennifer has a strong digital background, having worked in Open Source, Cyber and Digital Forensics at Senior Management level, and is Deputy Chair of the NPCC Open Source and Information Working group. She also chairs an Open Source Intelligence sub group for the Forensic Regulator. Jennifer has an Executive Masters in Intelligence, Analytics and Media and is an associate lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University.
In addition Jennifer currently holds an Honours Degree in Law a Post Graduate Diploma in Management and is an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. She is the Eastern regional lead for 3i, which holds the ethics portfolio, and leads on regional convergence opportunities for the Chief Constable of Suffolk.
Claire Paterson-Young completed her Doctorate in Criminology, exploring the social im… Read more
Claire Paterson-Young completed her Doctorate in Criminology, exploring the social impact of custody on children and young people. Within this research, Claire designed a social impact measurement framework to measure the impact of custodial services on children and young people. Throughout her career, Claire has been employed in several roles such as Lecturer in Criminology, Child Sexual Exploitation Coordinator, Restorative and Youth Justice Service Lead and Youth Intensive Support Coordinator.
She has experience working with multi-agency teams and partnership initiatives, engaging with a number of different senior stakeholders across different sectors. This includes working with the National Crime Agency, Police Scotland and various Local Authorities and Voluntary Organisations in the United Kingdom. Further to this, Claire owns her own business offering consultancy and training in Child Sexual Exploitation, Restorative Justice and Social Impact Measurement.
Tom Sorell is Professor of Politics and Philosophy at Warwick University. He has long… Read more
Tom Sorell is Professor of Politics and Philosophy at Warwick University. He has long- standing interests in the ethics of security and policing, as well as the ethics of data analytics. He is also involved in research on machine learning in cancer diagnostics. He is the editor (with Kat Hadjimatheou and John Guelke) of Security Ethics (Routledge). He has led the EU-funded DETECTER FP7 Security project and assisted in leading its successor, SURVEILLE. From 2013-2016 he was ESRC Global Uncertainties Leadership Fellowship in the ethics of counter-terrorism and the fight against organised crime.
He is a member of the Biometrics and Forensic Ethics Group of the Home Office, and the Strategic Hub on Organized Crime at RUSI. He is the author or editor of 20 books and the author or co-author of 150 peer-reviewed articles.
Jonathan Jardine is the Chief Executive, Monitoring Officer and Head of Paid Service… Read more
Jonathan Jardine is the Chief Executive, Monitoring Officer and Head of Paid Service for the West Midlands Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner. He joined what was then West Midlands Police Authority as Policy Manager in late 2008, after working in local government and health, academia, the military and the private sector.
He was appointed Chief Executive in 2015. Jonathan has undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from the University of Wales.
Jonathan’s membership will be delegated to Tom McNeil periodically.
The policy and management lead for ethics is Tom McNeil, Strategic Adviser to the Pol… Read more
The policy and management lead for ethics is Tom McNeil, Strategic Adviser to the Police & Crime Commissioner, and Member of the Strategic Policing & Crime Board.
After growing up in the West Midlands, Tom graduated with an undergraduate and Masters degree from Durham University and Cambridge University respectively. After starting his career as a commercial lawyer he later became a charity law specialist advising leading charities, social enterprises, trade unions and public bodies on a significant variety of legal issues.
Other experiences include being a governor for an autism specialist school, serving as a Special Constable for the Metropolitan Police, sitting as a non-executive director for a human rights organisation, volunteering for a number of years for the children’s charity Barnardo’s and gaining political experience by standing as a parliamentary candidate in two general elections in the West Midlands. He has also recently been appointed as a trustee for the National Union of Students and Chair of its Group Audit & Risk Committee.
He is particularly passionate about policies aimed at preventing crime through the power of education and tackling poverty.