DISC is by far the UK's most widely used system for local business crime reduction partnerships, made up of retailers and licensees in towns, city-centres and rural areas around the country.
Currently* DISC is used by over 140 of these partnerships. Throughout the UK, DISC helps them keep crime down, while enabling public agencies to more accurately target interventions before a troublesome youngster develops into a dangerous criminal. So it's not just local businesses that benefit - police, local social services and the wider community benefit too.
Partnerships like these have been using paper-based systems for sharing information about local offenders for many years. But here, as everywhere else, on-line systems are demonstrably more efficient, effective, and lower-cost to run than paper-based ones. DISC makes it easier to run such partnerships efficiently - and more economically.
Just as important as cost-effectiveness is compliance with the law. DISC is legally compliant to a degree that paper-based systems simply cannot be. Not only does it ensure fully-secure information-sharing; it also includes built-in processes that ensure compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and 'Best Practice' from Administrators as well as from their Members. Currently DISC is used by more than half the constabularies in England & Wales for information sharing with independent crime reduction partnerships.
*as at 1st August 2016
Individual DISC implementations can link together into 'Data-Sharing Groups' so they can identify travelling or prolific offenders. Administrators can also be given 'Cross-DISC Authoring' rights to publish content simultaneously across any number of other DISC implementations. Data Sharing Groups and Cross-DISC Authoring are quick and easy to set up - but always require mutual agreement between all participating Administrators.
DISC's automated eNewsletter plays an essential part in increasing Members' engagement, typically increasing participation levels to 80% or more over a period of a few months. If the eNewsletter is important for voluntary groups, it's essential for partnerships run by Business Improvement Districts who must seek re-election by their levy-payers every three or five years.
By participating in Data-Sharing Groups and Cross-DISC Authoring, police forces can link into, and support, their own local crime reduction partnerships more efficienty and effectively. DISC's 'Partnership Engagement Platform' (PEP) enables police to support ALL crime reduction partnerships across their force area - not just DISC-equipped ones. PEPs enable police to distribute personal data in compliance with MOPI (Management of Police Information) obligations and Information Sharing Agreements (ISAs), and include automated ISA management.