The Challenge

Police interaction with the public has historically been a difficult relationship to maintain and progress positively – in popular culture, law enforcers are often depicted as the enemy.
This can have both a positive or a negative effects on police activity and community policing at large. The capture and supply of evidence from the general public using smartphones and social media is already helping solve crimes, we need to extend these capabilities and improve the flow of information for a safer society.

As police organisations across the globe attempt to shed their hardline image, digital technologies, including applied games and social media can open up new possibilities for better and bidirectional public communication and help improve community policing.

How do we leverage digital and social technologies to make police appear ‘human’, so that communities can engage more readily and openly?
How could information be shared and used as evidence without getting caught in the legal framework of independently owned platforms and privacy laws?

The Solution

INSPEC2T project is developing a series of Community Policing tools, designed to accelerate and facilitate better communication, and an enhanced crime reporting experience that delivers a seamless collaboration between police and communities.

PlayGen are developing awareness-raising solutions that use applied games to engage and motivate users to deepen their engagement in Community Policing activities and in turn strengthening community cohesion and reducing insecurity.

INSPEC2T is creating a platform to promote the ‘human’ side of policing inspired by positive reporting – from the humour of #dashcam to the collaborative spirit of community neighbourhood watch.

Project Objectives

  • Strengthened Community Policing – The INSPEC2T project is developing a creative and sustainable solution for community policing, built on personal relationships and two-way communication, which takes into account social, cultural, ethical and legal dimensions.
  • Engage and empower the community – The system is building 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 is enabling collaboration, resulting in early identification of risks and better crime intelligence.
  • Increased awareness & prevention – The system is improving crime prevention thanks to increased awareness, early identification and timely intervention.

We are working with 17 international partners who are all leading experts in their respective fields, ensuring that the project meets social,cultural, ethical and legal principles; these include: