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Evidence Based Investigation Tool - safety tests under Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

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Dear Kent Police,

I have long-standing interest in police technology systems and sit on the Surveillance Camera Commissioner's ANPR oversight group. I commend Kent Police's use of modern efficiency tools in the fight against crime such as the Evidence Based Investigation Tool. As with all tools used by the police this tool has to be safe.

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 applies to the police.

Section 6 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 places duties on any person who designs, manufacturers, imports or supplies any article for use at work to ensure that it will be safe and without risks to health, which applies to artificial intelligence and machine learning software. Section 6(1)(b) requires such testing and examination as may be necessary to ensure that any article for use at work is safe and without risks. It is for the designer, manufacturer, importer or supplier to develop tests that are sufficient to demonstrate that their product is safe.

The government confirmed this position in a statement in the House of Lords on 23 May 2018 HL8200. See https://www.parliament.uk/business/publi...

I should be grateful for copies of any information held in your records on
(a) Kent Police risk assessment of the Evidence Based Investigation Tool - this might include a copy of the risk assessment or discussion about whether one was necessary (for instance with an officer in charge of occupational health and safety or the Health and Safety Executive itself).
(b) tests carried out by the designer/manufacturer/supplier that demonstrate the software is safe.

You will be aware from media coverage of the tool of the substantial public interest in this matter. More broadly if Kent is leading the way in innovation in police methods there is strong public interest that the health and safety aspects are got right at the outset before other forces follow Kent's lead.

Yours faithfully,

William Perrin

Freedom of Information Kent, Kent Police

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Dear Mr Perrin,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REF 19/05/818

 

Thank you for your request received by Kent Police on 30 May 2019. I note
you seek access, in summary, to information relating to:

 

Evidence Based Investigation Tool.

 

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Kent Police

 

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Dear Freedom of Information Kent,

Can i chase you for a response to this request please, which has now exceeded the deadline.

Yours sincerely,

william perrin

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