The annual ACIA Awards have been running since 2008 with an objective to recognise and reward excellence in the field of crime and intelligence analysis in the UK, Ireland and the Channel Islands. Some of the core aims of ACIA - to facilitate the transfer of knowledge, to develop analytical skills, and to constructively challenge and support our peers, are encapsulated perfectly by the ACIA Awards Programme. Recognising and rewarding people’s efforts and providing a forum for sharing this, is key to what ACIA stands for.
The awards are open to any crime or intelligence analyst, researcher or team, working in the public or private sector. Anyone can nominate an analyst or researcher for an award including analysts or researchers themselves. The awards are open to ACIA members and non-members alike and are free to enter.
Nominations can be for analytical work which impacts at a local, regional or national level and is an opportunity to have your work recognised by your peers and to share best practice with the intelligence analysis community.
The ACIA Awards Programme has always had a very high calibre of a panel of esteemed judges that help to make the awards judging credible and independent. Previous and current judges include; Dr. Shane Johnson from the Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science; Chief Constable Giles York, Chair of the National Analyst Working Group; Prof. Betsy Stanko from the Metropolitan Police Service; Simon Bradwell, GCHQ; Mr Andrew Kent from the Home Office Research and Analysis Unit; Mr Mark Evans from the New Zealand Police Service; Karyn McCluskey Director of Scottish Violence Reduction Unit and Mr Jack Wraith, CEO of the Telecoms UK Fraud Forum (TUFF).
As well as the prestige of winning the Award there is also a prize. Prizes in previous years have included £1,000 of Apple vouchers, advanced analysis courses, a stay in a luxury hotel and attendance at a red carpet movie premiere event. Winners also receive an ACIA certificate and trophy, and if a suitable category exists, automatic entry to the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA) Awards.