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 …

Shining a blue light on social media‘s impact on public safety and security

There is an urgent need to bring together communities, policing and policy makers to tackle how social media can be better utilised to tackle crime and the fear of crime, how they can protect individuals and communities from the dark side of social media while at the same time preserving the freedoms offered by that social media. The use of social media within …

Researchers to help shine blue light on Social media‘s impact on public safety and security

A Europe wide research team led by the University of Warwick has won European funding to bring together communities, policing and policy makers to tackle how to protect the public on social media, and use social media to tackle crime and the fear of crime, while also preserving the freedoms offered by that social media. Professor Jon Coaffee from the …