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
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
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.
For further information on the Ethics Committee please contact
our office on: firstname.lastname@example.org