Ethics Committee

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.

Key contact

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.

Committee Reports and Minutes are published here

For further information on the Ethics Committee please contact our office on: wmpcc@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk