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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


New Vacancy - Senior Lecturer and Director of Research and Strategic Partnerships

This role provide an exciting opportunity to join the Open University’s Centre for Policing Research and Learning, based in the Faculty of Business and Law while working with all faculties of the University.

24th September 2020
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