More safety and security with new technology

Community Policing research projects


The theories underlying community policing received new impetus with the recent advent of smartphones and social media and especially the notion of user-generated content where the users are citizens engaged in closer interaction with their local community and law enforcement agency. The five years 2010-2014 have seen a rapid upsurge of smartphone apps aimed at improving crime reporting and other forms of UGC and interaction associated with community policing.


The INSPEC2T project will provide good practice procedures that law enforcement agencies and communities can adopt in order to promote effective community policing and successfully exploit its benefits.
In furtherance of this goal, the project has the following objectives:
Strengthened community policing: The INSPEC2T project will develop a creative and sustainable solution for community policing, built upon personal relationships and two-way communication, which takes into account social, cultural, ethical and legal dimensions.
Engage and empower the community: The system will build trustworthy relationships between police departments and a motivated and skilled community through the delivery of a more personalised service, allowing citizens to collaborate in setting the police agenda.
Communicate to collaborate: Accelerated communication and information sharing enables collaboration, resulting in early identification of risks and better crime intelligence.
Increased awareness & prevention: The system will result in improved crime prevention thanks to increased awareness, early identification and timely intervention.

Policing Project

Over the past several years, there have been repeated calls both in and out of law enforcement for police departments to engage with their communities on matters of policy and practice. But developing healthy community-police engagement is not easy. Many of the communities most affected by policing have been marginalized politically, yet it is essential to find ways to ensure that they have a voice in how they are policed. There also are questions about how to educate and empower communities to give meaningful input on policing policy. And there are few models for what this sort of engagement even should look like. Still, government by the people requires us to try. Here at the Policing Project, we are working with police officials, community groups, local governments, and experts across the country to develop models and mechanisms for policing agencies to engage with the communities they serve.


Communities the world over, despite their varying social, cultural, geographic and ethnic differences, have common and shared values in their need for safety, security and wellbeing. We live in an age of increasing technical connectively but many citizens and their communities are disconnected from the police who serve to keep them safe. In recognising these challenges Unity will create a new, community-centred approach to Community Policing: developing new tools, procedures and technologies, putting people at the heart of identifying policing priorities and ensuring citizens are an integral part of informing sustainable solutions. Unity will develop and deliver a flexible and scalable citizen-focused CP model which strengthens the effective engagement and cooperation between police forces and the communities they serve to create safer societies for all.
The Vision for Unity:
To capture best practices for cooperation between police and citizens
To develop a communications technology to facilitate, strengthen and accelerate the communication between citizens and police
To design, develop and deliver training for Law Enforcement Agencies and awareness raising activities about Community Policing.


IACP partnered with the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing to research the most promising community policing practices in Indian Country. This project explores what community policing looks like in Indian Country: what makes it unique from community policing in state and local agencies; what strategies are most effective; and how tribes can implement a successful community policing plan in their departments.


33 Police Apps for Law Enforcement Officers and Future Crime Fighters. A research project of Rasmussen College.