What are the efficiency and crime solving benefits as a result of deploying Tread Finder technology in a live custody environment, compared with the paper based alternative?
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This project will repeat a previous lab-based RCT into a field environment testing the previous outcomes that Tread Finder is 98% faster and 92% cheaper than the alternative paper-based alternative. Additionally that Tread Finder will produce real-time intelligence links within 15 minutes of the digital sample being taken compared with hours, days and weeks observed using paper based alternative.
London Borough of Barnet, North London, Metropolitan Police.
Target sample size
Participants - inclusion criteria
All persons arrested for a recordable crime.
Automated randomised allocation
Randomised controlled field trial, with allocation of footwear samples into a digitised in-custody footwear technology or the business-as-usual, paper-based model. Randomisation using the Cambridge Randomiser 2.0.
Summary of findings
This RCT provides evidence which supports the hypotheses:
a) the average speed of obtaining a Tread Finder Sample and a paper-based sample are similar – approximately 4 minutes – however the Tread Finder arm provided pattern matching and coding within the capture process, whereas the paper based method does not
b) the average time to obtain an automated intelligence package using the treatment is 08:40 minutes, while nil packages were detected using the comparison system.
Evidentiary materials from Tread Finder are linked to 16 intelligence links out 64 samples, with nil returns in the paper-based arm of the experiment.