digital community

Algorithm as colleague? Effectiveness and legitimacy of predictive policing

Predictive policing faces a lot of scepticism and criticism. Is this type of policing actually increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of the police?  The scarcity of empirical evidence making it difficult to determine the effectiveness of predictive policing. There are also voices of concern which argue that these systems are lacking transparency and might lead to profiling and stigmatisation of …

Aiding A Community Policing Solution: The TRILLION Project

With the ever increasing need to constantly engage with citizens law enforcement agencies and their partners have tried to adapt to the use of new technologies. MEDI@4SEC has already illustrated the growing challenges that social media has brought for LEAs in delivering everyday security. It has also highlighted the benefits that DIY policingcan bring and the emerging technologieswhich are enabling …

Missing Person! Crowdsourcing a Solution

Twenty-four hours had passed since GC went missing. He was suffering from an illness which required daily medication. A worried relative headed to the police to report the incident… right after posting it on her Facebook. She had no doubt of the benefits that asking for other citizens’ collaboration via social media could. But should Law Enforcement Agencies and other …

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 …

digital community

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 …

Engaging citizens through social media – a local view

Social media represents both a challenge for public security planners and offers a great opportunity for law enforcement agencies in order to enhance the service that they provide. Valencia Local Police (PLV) is aware of this and in developing  an active presence on social media has been grappling with new ways of working. The duties of PLV are mainly focused …