ACIA Awards - Winners 2011
Brendan Goffin - Suffolk Constabulary
Natalie Conway - Hertfordshire Constabulary
Police Staff member - Police Service of Northern Ireland
Ian Norris - Hertfordshire Constabulary
Helen Murphy - Durham Constabulary
Jim Dunleavy - Durham Constabulary
Paula Wensley - Cleveland Police
Victoria Price - Durham Constabulary
Awards were presented at the ACIA Conference on 24th May 2012. Brendan Goffin says of his experience with the Award:
Before February 2012, I had been working as an intelligence analyst with Suffolk Constabulary for 8 years, and working as a statistical analyst, project analyst and business analyst for the 4 years previous to that within HM Customs & Excise. During this time, I had strived to produce quality strategic and tactical analysis that informs organisations but despite this, limited formal recognition had been forthcoming for the effort that I had put in.
This all changed in February 2012 when my principal intelligence analyst Matthew Bland mentioned that he would like to nominate me for an ACIA award in recognition of my problem solving analysis on Operation Afresh – an anti-social street drinking problem in Ipswich. If I’m honest, I knew very little of ACIA but was very pleased that Matt had thought it was worthy of putting forward for such an award. When I found out that I had won, well it was the most proud moment in my career.
Naturally, I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to collect the award (a beautiful trophy and also an unexpected monetary voucher) and present my analytical work in Brimingham in May 2012. I hope attendees gained an insight around how passionate I am about this project, both in terms of what it has achieved to date and how my analysis has contributed to this. My ACIA award photo is attached. On my return, I received much positive internal media publicity, and a nice letter from the Chief Constable of Suffolk Constabulary.
I knew that winning the ACIA award automatically nominated me for an IALEIA award in 2013 but didn’t expect to hear anything. You can only imagine how I felt when I heard in February 2013 that I had won an IALEIA individual award for excellence. I suddenly had a contender for proudest moment of my career. The award’s presentation was due to take place the second week in April 2013, the same week as my family holiday. After wrestling with my conscience, I decided to attend and was very glad I did so as this was a once in a lifetime experience and I met so many wonderful people from around the globe.
The conference was informative, the awards banquet was humbling, the trip up the Willis Tower was amazing if somewhat scary, and the visit to see the Chicago Cubs baseball game was pretty dull but an experience. Not everything went smooth in that I accidentally left my suit at home (hence attached IALEIA photos unfortunately show my attire as casual rather than smart), I waited 4 hours to get through US passport control at Chicago airport, and then realised that all US bills did not include tax which left me a little short of money. However, these were just dropped stitches in my trip’s tapestry.
If anyone has the opportunity to be nominated, and the fortune to win then I would highly recommend it. I have only positive memories to go by now.