Highlights from October 23-24 at The Notch Conference Centre, Malta

The European Association for Crime Analysts (EACA) proudly reports the successful conclusion of its Annual Conference 2023, held at the Notch Conference Centre in Malta on October 23 and 24. The event, the first conference organized by the association founded in 2022, witnessed insightful presentations and discussions, fostering innovation in crime analysis across Europe. Delegates were warmly greeted with an opening by its President and Vice-President, Friedrich “Sam” Steiner and Andreas Melinato.

This was closely followed by an engaging welcome speech by Police Commissioner Angelo Gafà from the Malta Police Force, setting the tone for the extensive two-day agenda.

The keynote speaker for the conference was Dr Spencer Chainey from University College London. The highly inspirational talk, on hot Spot Analysis for effectively informing hot spots policing, demonstrates the effectiveness of hot spot analysis in delivering tangible results including across South America.

Key topics explored during the conference included:

  • Smart Home Technologies in Law Enforcement by Martin Allen from HMRC.
  • Digital Multimedia Evidence Challenges presented by Emi Polito of Amped Software.
  • Face Recognition’s Future was addressed by Bernhard Egger, the retired Criminal Director of the Bavarian Police.
  • Cryptocurrency Investigations 101 by Scott Johnston of Chainalysis.
  • An intriguing discussion on The Dark Web by Dr Geetha Rubasundram from the European Forensic Institute.