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Novel information sharing syntax for data sharing between police and community partners, using role-based security.

Uthmani, Omair; Buchanan, William J; Lawson, Alistair; Thuemmler, Christoph; Fan, Lu; Scott, Russell; Lavery, Anne; Mooney, Chris


Omair Uthmani

Christoph Thuemmler

Lu Fan

Russell Scott

Anne Lavery

Chris Mooney


The exchange of information between the police and community partners forms a central aspect of effective community service provision. In the context of policing, a robust and timely communications mechanism is required between police agencies and community partner domains, including: Primary healthcare (such as a Family Physician or a General Practitioner); Secondary healthcare (such as hospitals); Social Services; Education; and Fire and Rescue services. Investigations into high-profile cases such as the Victoria Climbié murder in 2000, the murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in 2002, and, more recently, the death of baby Peter Connelly through child abuse in 2007, highlight the requirement for a robust information-sharing framework. This paper presents a novel syntax that supports information-sharing requests, within strict data-sharing policy definitions. Such requests may form the basis for any information-sharing agreement that can exist between the police and their community partners. It defines a role-based architecture, with partner domains, with a syntax for the effective and efficient information sharing, using SPoC (Single Point-of-Contact) agents to control in-formation exchange. The application of policy definitions using rules within these SPoCs is inspired by network firewall rules and thus define information exchange permissions. These rules can be imple-mented by software filtering agents that act as information gateways between partner domains. Roles are exposed from each domain to give the rights to exchange information as defined within the policy definition. This work involves collaboration with the Scottish Police, as part of the Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR), and aims to improve the safety of individuals by reducing risks to the community using enhanced information-sharing mechanisms.


Uthmani, O., Buchanan, W. J., Lawson, A., Thuemmler, C., Fan, L., Scott, R., …Mooney, C. (2010). Novel information sharing syntax for data sharing between police and community partners, using role-based security.

Conference Name 9th European Conference on Information Warfare and Security
Conference Location University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece
Start Date Jul 1, 2010
End Date Jul 2, 2010
Publication Date 2010-07
Deposit Date Dec 14, 2010
Publicly Available Date Dec 14, 2010
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 394-402
Keywords Information sharing syntax; intelligence model; security policy implementation; role-based security; police; public services; community risks;
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