Better Policing Collaborative - PKF award: CSE Target Prioritisation Tool

Research Institution / Organisation

University of Birmingham

In Collaboration With

Better Policing Collaborative

Principal Researcher

Dr Jessica Woodhams

Level of Research

Professional / Work-based

Project Start Date

October 2015

Research Context

​The Better Policing Collaborative is one of the successful bids awarded funding from the Police Knowledge Fund.


Through research and knowledge exchange activities, the project will develop a tool to assist in the prioritisation of suspects, design training and investigate the tool’s implementation.


  • Develop the tool, based initially on a sample of cases obtained from West Midlands Police, with a larger sample drawn from three other forces;
  • Develop training for undercover officers in the use of the tool;
  • Investigate automation of elements of the tool to ensure its deployment is as time and resource efficient as possible.

Research Methodology

Interim reports and publications

The Challenges of Identifying and Classifying Child Sexual Abuse Material 

Juliane A. Kloess, Jessica Woodhams, Helen Whittle, Tim Grant, Catherine E. Hamilton-Giachritsis

Date due for completion

July 2019
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