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Theme 2: Digitally enabled policing


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2.14 Citizen Forensics

A multi-disciplinary investigation which encourages citizens to help the police collect and analyse disparate data to improve public safety.



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2.01 Detecting grooming behaviour on social media

Developing self-protection tools to automatically identify predators

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2.02 Enhanced engagement of public via social media

What are the best message-writing practices to generate a higher level of social media engagement?

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2.04 Strategies for effective social media engagement

This project aimed to identify key strategies for effective social media engagement by police forces

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2.06 Game-based Learning for Police Training in Child Interviewing

This research project developed a training simulation system for child witness interview training

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2.08 Systems Thinking and Complexity Science for Policing

This project introduced the basic ideas of systems thinking and complexity science, and enabled police practitioners to apply it to real problems from their professional experience

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2.09 Building sustainable policing practitioner communities online

Project used 'nQuire-it' platform to generate data through 'citizen inquiry' methodology (the use of scientific method by the public to raise and resolve problems).

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2.15 Prospecting chatbots as a communication platform to tackle cyber grooming

Investigating the viability of using chatbots as a communication channel for the police to tackle online grooming

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Police car on Westminster Bridge


Meet Dr Rasha Kassem, an OU academic working in partnership with the Centre

Dr Rasha Kassem recently joined the OU as an academic working in the Faculty of Business and Law and is keen to calloborate with the Centre on research around fraud and financial crime.

8th November 2021
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Upcoming Events

Dec 1

Preparing Law Enforcement for the Digital Age - CEPOL European Research & Science Conference

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 (All day) to Friday, December 3, 2021 (All day)

Dec 9

Membership Group Meeting

Thursday, December 9, 2021 - 10:00 to 12:00

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