Developing a conceptual model for police custody in the UK

Heather Callaghan, Lisa Jackson, Sarah Dunnett, Antuela A. Tako

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The reduction of police officers in UK forces in recent years has reduced the number of staff in police custody, hence it is imperative that staff, and other resources, are utilized appropriately to optimize the custody process. This work aims to develop a simulation model that looks at resource utilisation in police custody. Resource availability can be modelled and tested using discrete event simulation. Developing an accurate conceptual model is a key stage to link the real-world problem and the simulation model. There is minimal literature presenting an accurate police custody conceptual model and hence, that is the focus of this paper. The key sources of information for constructing this model, previous literature, custody record analysis and a custody suite visit are discussed. A final conceptual model is presented with a discussion of how this will be converted into a simulation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWSC 2018 - 2018 Winter Simulation Conference
Subtitle of host publicationSimulation for a Noble Cause
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781538665725
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event2018 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2018 - Gothenburg, Sweden
Duration: 9 Dec 201812 Dec 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings - Winter Simulation Conference
ISSN (Print)0891-7736


Conference2018 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Computer Science Applications


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