INSPEC2T | Inspiring Citizens Participation for Enhanced Community Policing Actions
INSPEC2T aims to transform the opportunity of a seamless collaboration between citizens and LEAs inside a community to reality, through means and practices that can advance the meaning of Community Policing.
Community Policing (CP) is both a philosophy (a way of thinking) and an organizational strategy (a way to carry out the philosophy) that allows the police and the community to work together in new ways to solve problems of crime, disorder and safety, crucially contribute on improving the quality of life for everyone in that community. The philosophy is built on the belief that people deserve and have a right “to have a say” in policing in exchange for their participation and support.
Adopting Myhill’s definition of community engagement for policing, CP is the process of enabling the participation of citizens and communities in policing at their chosen level, ranging from providing information and reassurance, to empowering them to identify and implement solutions to local problems and influence strategic priorities and decisions. Implementing CP in a practical local setting is a complex and long-term task as fostering and developing police-community relations requires active engagement from the police organization, individual officers and community representatives.
From a conceptual perspective, community engagement should address three principal levels – the ‘democratic mandate’ level, which sets the dominant philosophy for policing; the ‘neighborhood’ level, which focuses on local priorities and problems; and an ‘intermediate strategic’ level, focusing on wider force, regional and national issues and priorities.
In order to achieve and boost the aforementioned characteristics, INSPEC2T focusses on the key components that Community Policing is comprised of:
- Community Partnerships: Collaborative partnerships between the law enforcement agency and the individuals and organizations they serve to develop solutions to problems and increase trust in police.
- Organizational Transformation: The alignment of organizational management, structure, personnel, and information systems to support community partnerships.
- Problem Solving: The process of engaging in the proactive and systematic examination of identified problems to develop and evaluate.
Strengthened community policing: Concept for a sustainable Community Policing value system
Engage and empower community: Build trustworthy relationships between police departments and a motivated and skilled community
Communicate to collaborate: Accelerated communication and information sharing enabling collaboration as a default: link to early identification of risks, better crime intelligence and co-creation for timely interventions.
Increased awareness & prevention: Increased crime prevention thanks to early identification and timely intervention.
05/2015 - 04/2018
- Center for Security Studies (EL)
- TNO (NL)
- German Police University (DE)
- VICESSE (AT)
- Fundación centro de tecnologías de interacción visual comunicaciones (ES)
- University of Ulster (UK)
- INTRASOFT International (LU)
- CGI (NL)
- ADITESS (CY)
- TRILATERAL (UK)
- SATWAYS (EL)
- ETICAS Research & Consulting (ES)
- EXUS Software Limited (UK)
- IMC (EL)
- Valencia City Council – Local Police (ES)
- Lancashire Constabulary (UK)
- Guardia Civil (ES)
- PLAYGEN (UK)
Horizon 2020 (European Commission)