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2.14 Citizen Forensics

Academic team: Prof Arosha Bandara, Prof Bashar Nuseibeh, Prof Graham Pike, Prof Blaine Price, Prof Mark Levine
Policing partners: Gwent Police, Thames Valley Police, Merseyside Police
Other partners: Milton Keynes Council, Exeter City Council
Status: In progress 

London March

This project reframes key challenges that underlie modern policing in a socio-technical world; a world instrumented with mobile and ubiquitous computing technologies, in which many citizens and communities live, work and play, but which must also manage threats to their wellbeing and their rights. The project aims to support a new engagement between authorities (such as the police) and communities of citizens in order to better investigate (and in the long term reduce) potential or actual threats to citizen security, safety, and privacy.

This includes both empowering the police by opening up new ways of citizens providing data in ways that protect privacy and anonymity, and empowering citizens by using these new technologies to also hold the police to account. We will be harnessing many of the so-called Internet of Things, Smart City and Smart Home technologies to encourage and allow citizens to help the police collect and analyse disparate data to improve public safety at both local and ultimately national levels.

This multidisciplinary investigation draws upon expertise in computing, policing, psychology and organisational theory.


Title Outputs type Lead academic Year
Attitudes towards Online Community Support Initiatives during COVID-19 pandemic: A survey in the UK Report Zhang, M. 2022
Gratitude tree Website Team 2021
Digital detectives: Websleuthing reduces eyewitness idntification accuracy in police lineups Article Elphick, C. 2021
Building trust in digital policing: A scoping review of community policing apps Journal Elphick, C. 2020
Altruism and anxiety: Engagement with online community support initiatives (OCSIs) during Covid-19 lockdown in the UK and Ireland Journal Elphick, C. 2020


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