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 …

Watching the detectives: Why are citizens filming the police?

Social media has become part and parcel of modern policing. However, is not only law enforcement agencies that have been adopting it in the realm of public security. Citizens are using social media for a myriad of purposes. As smartphones have become a 21st century Swiss army knives in everyone’s pockets, citizens are recording all kinds of daily events in …