Do-it-yourself citizen investigations with the Sherlock app

There you are, just back from a party and, as it turns out, your house has been broken into. The traces can be clearly seen. The adrenaline rushes through your body. You’re going to track down that burglar! But how do you handle that? In the Netherlands, TNO is currently developing a DIY Detective app together with Dutch Police that …

An interview with Traffic Droid

“Foul!” yells Lewis, aka Traffic Droid, from his bicycle before brandishing a red card in the face of a dumbfounded delivery driver. The scene is not a football pitch, rather the middle of a London street, where Lewis, alias the “Traffic Droid”, is busy enforcing the law. The 51-year-old is one of dozens of British cyclists who have found a …

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Policing with the Digital Community

The recent Next Generation Community Policing conference – organised by a group of 9 community policing-focused Horizon2020 projects – was an opportunity to showcase research findings emerging from MEDI@4SEC. I t was also another opportunity to exchange views with and draw on the expertise of an impressive audience of experts and practitioners, including representatives from EUROPOL and INTERPOL and leading …

DIY Policing: The Modern Sherlock Holmes

The Internet, smartphones and social media have become tools for citizens to perform activities that have traditionally fallen within the remit of the Police and other organisations dealing with public security. As modern Sherlock Holmes citizens may assist the police and go beyond both for good and not so good. Citizens investigate crimes, identify suspects, form vigilante groups, hunt paedophiles …