Critical incidents and next generation public safety

Emergencies and disasters are becoming more frequent and having a greater impact on communities around the world.   Against this background public safety officials and response agencies are faced with more complex, dynamic and time critical decisions using a management system that appears to struggle to cope with catastrophic events.   The development of new algorithms and approaches to support decision making during these events has the potential to provide significant community value.  In order to bridge the gap between theory and practice, it is essential that researchers understand the practical environment in which their novel algorithms and systems will be applied.   This presentation will outline some of the practical challenges associated with disaster management and provide participants with an overview of the operational context in which public safety officials operate in.

Ged Griffin

Ged Griffin

Inspector, Capability Department, Victoria Police Force
Senior Industry Advisor, Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety (CDMPS), The University of Melbourne

Ged Griffin has been a member of the Victoria Police Force for approximately 32 years and is currently an Inspector at the Capability Department. He has performed duties in general operations, disaster management, marine policing, criminal investigations, intelligence and counter terrorism operations. He has performed a wide range of international roles including duties at the UN Serious Crimes Unit (Timor Leste), Victoria Police Contingent Commander and as Liaison Officer supporting the former Victorian Premier Hon Mr Steve Bracks during his work assisting the new government of East Timor. Ged was involved in establishing the Victoria Police Counter Terrorism Coordination Unit and was the project manager responsible for replacing Victoria Police’s metropolitan analogue radio network for a new state of the art digital radio network. Ged actively researches new and evolving technologies that impact on police operations and public safety and is regularly invited to conferences around the world to speak about his work. Ged is also a member of the Australian Civil Corps and has been a Team Leader for the Post Disaster Response Team. He has also conducted assessments in the Asia/Pacific region regarding national disaster risk management arrangements on behalf of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. During 2015 Ged took leave from Victoria Police to establish and manage the Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety at the University of Melbourne. In 2016 he was invited to take on a role as a Visiting Fellow at the Australian Institute of Police Management in Sydney New South Wales. In 2017 he established the International Critical Control Room Alliance with a number of colleagues involved in public safety communications.