DISC (Database & Intranet for Safer Communities) is a unique online publishing platform designed specifically for sharing information and current awareness among a group of individuals or organisations which share a common purpose. That includes news, documents, ‘alerts’, information about upcoming events – as well as information about individuals. Right from the start DISC was designed to ensure compliance with the Data Protection Act, so it’s widely used for managing personal data, even sensitive personal data. Not only does DISC ‘force’ compliance among its administrators – it makes it difficult for members of each group not to abide strictly by the DPA too.
Where it is used
DISC is the UK’s most widely used online information-sharing system for local Shopwatches, Pubwatches, Business Crime Reduction Partnerships, Business Improvement Districts and a growing number of major shopping centres. There are currently over 140 DISC implementations throughout the country, covering more than 250 towns, city-centres and rural areas, accounting for in excess of 25,000 actively participating businesses. DISC is especially valuable in situations where the Administrator needs to communicate regularly with a community made up of independent organisations or individuals – such as retailers or licensees in local business crime reduction partnerships, helpers in charities and other voluntary organisations, or, in almost any commercial organisation, customers. It reduces the local crime through sharing information with other areas. One feature of DISC is that individual Administrators of DISC – enabled Partnerships can access each others’ offender data in what the company calls ‘Consolidated Offender Dataviews’. Thus Administrators can, with simple easy-to-use filters, check to see if seemingly low-level offenders active in their own areas are, in fact, more widely known and therefore perhaps prolific or ‘Level Two’ offenders.
Since it was a developed app, our most important focus was fixing existing bugs and adding enhancement features to make sure the DISC users had a better experience while using the system. DISC was built with Incident reports and Intelligence reports where users can create new Incident of the crime with complete incident details, offender details, police involvement, offender images & incident images too. Our job was to create a Crime Report based on the Incident report so that it can be sent to police from the system.
This enables the DISC Users to submit ‘Crime Reports’ to a Police email address, which is added to DISC by the Administrator. When a User submits an Incident Report through the website, they will have the option of sending a Crime Report about the Incident to the Police. Crime Reports are generated using data from the Incident Report, Offender and User records, with extra fields for the User to complete themselves.