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CPIC Updates: Changes & Benefits

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Jules Auger

on 4 April 2014

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Transcript of CPIC Updates: Changes & Benefits

- “a national database, which provides computerized storage and easy retrieval of information pertaining to crimes and criminals.”
- CPIC still operates and functions in the same way as it did when it was introduced to the VPD in the 1970s
- levels of CPIC which display different levels of information; index, synopsis, criminal record

CPIC Background
CPIC Updates: Changes & Benefits
- criminal record or background checks by employers for prospective employees
- in the field
- use by detectives and specialized forces
- allows for a unified compilation of national information in regards to Canadian crimes and criminals
Instances of Use
- Minister of Public Works (2011), "CPIC is the main database used throughout Canada"
- CPIC held over 10 million records in regards to crimes and criminals and allowed for over 80,000 police officers to connect to a shared database
- privacy of the database and the security level that it holds has become a topic of discussion.
- CPIC Advisory Committee provides advice and recommendations to the RCMP Commissioner for approval and implementation
- the adoption of IT in the field of policing increases the quality and competence of its officers
- key areas of concern with technology and policing are insufficient financing, insufficient guidance and insufficient insight (Custers, 2012)

Literature Review
- we have implemented a number of goals that we think CPIC should implement in its design
- looked at existing search engines for inspiration
- Google does not limit search results based on a misspelling or typos
- Analytics: CPIC should include a search history feature
- the system should definitely be updated to be more user-friendly and efficient
- Availability of CPIC is still a concern in the entire police workforce
- Concern over number of available transactions
- CPIC fails to accommodate various information sources and implement new information formats
- optimizing search functions and its program abilities
- CPIC does not allow users to easily access to additional information and/or other databases
- less time-consuming and increases work
Methodology & Recommendations
- Limiting wasted time, divert police efforts back onto the field
- Leading complaints by users (Morden)
- Measure success of changes
- Officer sample group interviews
Thank you!
Chan, J. B. (2001). The technological game: How information technology is transforming
police practice. Criminology and Criminal Justice, 1(2), 139-159.

Custers, B. (2012). Technology in policing: Experiences, obstacles and police needs. Computer Law
& Security Review, 28(1), 62-68.

Luen, T. W., & Al-Hawamdeh, S. (2001). Knowledge management in the public sector: principles and practices in police work. Journal of information Science, 27(5), 311-318.

Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada. (2011) Audit of selected RCMP operational databases. Section 37 of the Privacy Act.

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