INSPEC2T Project at The Next Generation Community Policing Conference

KEMEA, January 2018

The Next Generation Community Policing Conference – NGCP with an emphasis in the use of technologies provided through the Social Media and Smart Apps in the Context of Fight against Terrorism and Organized Crime, was held in Heraklion, Crete from the 25th to the 27th of October 2017.

The conference provided all the participants with the opportunity to renew contacts and discuss issues of mutual interest with delegates across Europe, Asia, Africa and America; namely delegates coming from countries with different community policing initiatives. It is also gratifying to note that the conference agenda covered a wide range of very interesting research topics which aim to advance policing through innovation and science. This is achieved via EU-funded projects, which aspire to advance community policing practices and study the interactions between new technological advancements and existing Societal, Ethical, Legal and Data privacy frameworks.

The conference was structured in these two major thematic areas: the Technological and the Ethical Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) & Data Privacy.

The Technological area panels covered issues related to:

  • Strategies and Technologies
  • Technology and Community Policing
  • Contextual Visualization of Crime and Big Data Analysis
  • Performance Assessment
  • The Next Generation of Community Policing
  • Smart Policing
  • Making our Cities Safer

The presentations analyzed and presented several technological models and architectures related to Community Policing. The use of Smart Apps and Social Media and their contribution to Community Policing, as well as in data used for Intelligence Analysis. The advances in Criminological research through the use of Smart Devices and the implementation of the so-called Serious Games on this domain. Moreover, the technological means offered through the implementation of Decision Support Systems (DSS), an INSPEC2T project innovative approach, as well as the multimedia use and analysis supporting police-citizen relations and the police force daily operations.

The ELSI & Data Protection area panels covered issues related to:

  • Ethical challenges in the Era of Technology Driven Policing
  • Preventing Harm and Protecting Privacy
  • New Technologies and Citizen Engagement
  • A Framework for Trust
  • Challenges and Opportunities
  • Expectations of an Effective Performance in Police Community Relations
  • Strategic Considerations for Community Policing

The most important concept as it was expected to be was the analysis and the implementation of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) being effective and how this is affecting Community Policing related issues. Furthermore, the ethical dilemmas occurring from the use of ethically sensitive information in criminal intelligence and criminal investigations. The future of crime reporting and the use of Smart Apps as well as the Information Communication Technologies (ICT) regarding the creation of the new Ethical Framework ‘landscape’. Most importantly, the analysis of the whole new framework related to the further development and the sustainability of the created trust among the citizens and the police aiming to secure societies.

Τhe NGCP International Conference provided the opportunity to participants to share the outcome of their research with key stakeholders from all over the world, as well as to debate their approaches with distinguished End-Users (Europol, Interpol, NGOs, CP activists, Criminologists, Academia etc.).  New ways of advancing community policing principles through more  effective and efficient tools and procedures were presented. This was achieved in combination with live demonstrations of the technological solutions which were developed by the organizing project teams. The INSPEC2T team made an extensive presentation of the scientific work achieved so far, in respect to the Technological aspects, but also to the Ethical, Legal and Privacy aspects of the project.

During the last day of the conference, live demonstrations and simulations of the technological solutions were carried out. Demonstrations were held both indoors and outdoors to introduce to participants the use of technology and Smart Apps in the fields of Community Policing. The INSPEC2T team presented a CP scenario to highlight the benefits than new technologies can bring into NGCP solutions. The INSPEC2T scenario also emphasized the concept of public-private partnerships. Private security companies cooperated with community groups and local/national police forces to advance CP to a next level and offer safer and more secure communities.

The NGCP Conference participating countries were: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, South Africa, Switzerland, United Kingdom, & U.S.A.