Distributed cognition in police operations

R. B. McMaster*, C. Baber

*Corresponding author for this work

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In this paper, we report an investigation into the structure of the command and control network within West Midlands Police, principally focussing upon the role of police control rooms within this network. We present an analysis of police responses to emergency incidents using the systems-level approach of distributed cognition. The study found that the "OASIS" information system plays a key role within the command and control network, enabling communications and the flow of incident information across the various control rooms; from a distributed cognition perspective, the OASIS system is a key artefact, performing a number of roles which support the coordination of police activities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporary Ergonomics 2005
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2005
EventAnnual Conference of the Ergonomics Society: Contemporary Ergonomics 2005, CE 2005 - Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Duration: 5 Apr 20057 Apr 2005

Publication series

NameContemporary Ergonomics 2005


ConferenceAnnual Conference of the Ergonomics Society: Contemporary Ergonomics 2005, CE 2005
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics


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