DIY Policing

Berlin, Germany

10th January 2017

Social media empowers citizens to perform activities that fall within the range of police work and the work of other organisations dealing with public security.As modern Sherlock Holmes citizens assist the police and go beyond. They investigate crimes, identify suspects, form vigilante groups, hunt paedo- criminals and report on crimes. The goal of the event is to discuss the opportunities and challenges of DIY Policing and its relevance for public security today and in future. Participants at this workshop will gain a deeper understanding of the opportunities and challenges of DIY Policing presents. Through interacting at the event with other interested stakeholders – representatives of law enforcement agencies, the public, security planners and researchers – will engage in a creative conversation and develop useful contacts within the MEDI@4SEC Community.


Participation at this event is free of charge but is by invitation only. If you are interested in attending this workshop  please register using the button above and completing all of the information requested. We will contact you in November to confirm your booking and with further details about the event.


This workshop will use social media for others to follow and pick up. By participating, you agree that the organisers may share information about the event, including photos and quotes.


This workshop is organised on behalf of the MEDI@4SEC consortium by Fraunhofer IAO. For other questions please contact Sebastian Denef (

The MEDI@4SEC project brings together communities, policing and policy makers to better understand how social media can be used more effectively to tackle crime and the fear of crime, while at the same time preserving the freedoms offered by that social media.