The Next Generation Community Policing (NGCP) International Conference is co-organized by nine (9) EU funded Horizon 2020 R&D projects from the Secure societies – Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens Program of the European Commission. In the event are also participating projects that aim to contribute to the interoperability of relevant systems in order to improve the potential for integration, the performance of R&D funding and the future exploitation of the research results in the area of Community Policing.

The contributing projects of the Conference are:

    • INSPEC2T (Inspiring CitizeNS Participation for Enhanced Community PoliCing AcTions) is a three-year project that started in May 2015. The project is funded by the European Commission, under the “H2020-FCT-2014 Ethical/Societal Dimension Topic 2: Enhancing cooperation between law enforcement agencies and citizens - Community policing” call. INSPEC2T projects’ scope is to develop a sustainable framework for Community Policing that effectively addresses and promotes seamless collaboration between the police and the community. INSPEC2T approach bases its conceptual foundations on EU crime prevention and Member States specific Internal Security Policies, validated research results and best practices from cooperation between police and local, regional and national communities. This is perceived as an origin to apprehend special characteristics, particularities and determinants for trust between all stakeholders. INSPEC2T will be demonstrated and validated in 5 EU cities by a wide range of relevant stakeholders. INSPEC2T engagement and active participation is stimulated through fully dynamic, interactive and immersive training Serious Game applications that empower players to familiarise themselves with the system, gain an intuitive understanding of its functionalities and motivate their engagement in Community Policing activities. Special focus will be given to Community Policing awareness raising activities for both police and citizens. The above activities and associated results, will provide a solid foundation for the evolution of the Next Generation Community Policing roadmap in Europe.

    • TRILLION proposes an open, flexible, secure and resilient socio-technical platform to foster effective communication and collaboration between citizens and law enforcement officers. Using the TRILLION platform, citizens will support the achievement of a better urban security management by reporting crimes, suspicious behaviour and incidents identifying hazards assisting law enforcement agents (LEAs) through active participation. At the same time, LEAs will be able to: a) detect incidents in a more efficient, content and context aware manner, b) locate on-site citizens, other LEA representatives and first responders and communicatewith them and c) request more information and assign specific actions to address on-going incidents. To facilitate collaboration between citizens and LEAs, TRILLION aims to deliver a comprehensive multiple channels platform for incident discovery, prediction, reporting and interaction. Users will have the choice of using existing social networks or directly reporting incidents via native mobile applications. Making use of a wide range of geo-location technologies, information exchanged in a user-friendly manner will be collected and used to detect in real-time situations that are or may become critical in the short to medium term. The acquisition of the information will respect EU regulations on data protection, privacy and will comply with the EU standards.

    • The Unity project is a 36 month project that commenced in May 2015. The WyFi delivery team work with West Yorkshire Police and the office of the police and crime commissioner to coordinate the project. As well as a number of SME and Academic partners, the majority of Unity’s partners are Law Enforcement Agencies, covering 8 EU countries and serving a number of diverse communities; The fundamental vision and end-user focus of the Unity project is to strengthen the connection between the police and communities to maximise the safety and security of all citizens. The vision of Unity shall be achieved through the delivery of three key strategic objectives;
      - To capture best practices for cooperation between police and citizens.
      - To develop a communications technology to facilitate, strengthen and accelerate the communication between citizen’s police and community partners.
      - To design, develop and deliver training for LEAs and awareness raising activities about CP.
      Unity will develop and deliver a flexible and scalable citizen-focused CP model which strengthens the effective engagement and cooperation between police forces and the communities they serve. This will create safer societies for all through the development and live pilot demonstrations of technological tools in eight EU member states that facilitate, strengthen and accelerate community and LEAs communications. These tools shall be amplified and supported by the design and delivery of CP training and awareness raising activities to LEAs, citizens and community partners.

    • CITYCoP sets out to learn what are the common features and the best practices embraced by apps which may have been successful worldwide and determine why apparently promising ones may have failed. It then goes on to produce a uniquely European solution including a smartphone app and an on-line portal, which are capable of being deployed in every European city while still retaining the “local flavour” and diversity. The goal is to engage the citizen and law enforcement agencies in mutual learning of local policing practices, exchange information and alerts, and provide for a platform to develop inclusive problem solving methodologies. A training scheme, including the use of serious games, will be developed to assist the training of officers and citizens in the uptake of the community policing app and portal. The project will outline best practices for police cooperation with the public, directly for community engagement, the use of technology in community policing, and to establish community policing policies in law enforcement agencies.

  • ICT4CoP
    • Community-Based Policing and Post-Conflict Police Reform, or ICT4COP, aims to understand human security in post-conflict areas. Where conventional, top-down police reforms often fail, Community-Based Policing (COP) holds promise – but it also entails challenges. Post-conflict societies, although they vary in most respects, have something in common: public institutions are conside¬red weak and untrustworthy. This is true for police insti-tutions as well. Abuse of powers, corrupt practices, and impunity are characteristics people often ascribe to their authorities. Meanwhile, conflicts have regional and global ra-mifications. Citizens everywhere are endangered by problems arising from conflict, such as human and drug trafficking, and terrorism. The ICT4COP project seeks to better understand these and interlinked challenges, and to propose new ways for dealing with them. Questions we ask include to what degree information and communications technologies contribute to or detract from improved human security for vulnerable populations and if and how police in post-conflict societies are accountable to the population. The project comprises 11 work packages and in-depth qualitative research is conducted in a total of 11 case countries, spread across Latin America, South-Eastern Europe, Africa, and South Asia. Crosscutting themes include youth, gender, technology, and police training. ICT4COP is coordinated by the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Department of International Environment and Development Studies, Noragric. The project includes 10 partners and 5 third partners, and is headed-up by Dr. Ingrid Nyborg, Associate Professor at Noragric.

    • is a 3-year project that started in May 2015. The project is funded by the European Commission under H2020 Secure Societies Programme (FCT-10-2014 - Urban security topic 1: Innovative solutions to counter security challenges connected with large urban environment). The main objective of the project is to increase the perception of security of citizens in urban areas by activating in a more transparent and sustainable way their participation in communities, through which information and interventions can be provided both to proactively protect citizens from falling victims to criminal activities as well as to reactively provide more timely and effective response and assistance. In order to do so, the City.Risks project will leverage a set of innovative technologies, city infrastructures, and available data sources but, more importantly, will aim at making citizens' smartphones the modern tool for increasing their personal and collective sense of security. Pilot field trials will be carried out in the city partners: Rome (I), London Waltham Forrest (UK) and Sofia (BG).

    • The NEXES Research and Innovation Action aims to research, test and validate the promising integration of IP-based communication technologies and interoperability into next generation emergency services, so that they attain increased effectiveness and performance. Empowered by smartphones with cameras, messaging and internet-based applications connecting to social media, citizens expect emergency services to use the same technologies. However, this is not the case. NEXES innovates the approach to the dynamics between emergency services and citizens, allowing (i) the use of total conversation capabilities in emergencies, including social media, to the benefit of citizens, including those with disability or special needs (ii) the exploitation of improved location information to rapidly and effectively identify and locate the caller and the incident site and (iii) the leverage of Internet-enabled connectivity to enhance interoperability and shared awareness among emergency services, to the benefit of a more secure society.

    • VALCRI - Visual Analytics for sense-making in Criminal Intelligence Analysis – is an 18-partner EU-funded Integrating Project. Our goal is to develop an integrated, multi-function system at TRL-5 validated in a user environment. VALCRI seamlessly and fluidly supports analytic tasks that range from strategic to tactical and investigative analysis. Strategic analysis tools include crime trend charts, zoom-able maps that show distribution of crimes, and statistical process charts to indicate if changes are significant. The maps and time-based charts also act as filters to create lists of crime reports. Analysts and investigators can engage with aggregated analyses and fluidly transition to individual cases. VALCRI’s machine learning based semi-Automated Semantic Knowledge extraction or ASK engine will help the analyst “show me more reports like this”, searching for reports with similarities in the modus operandi, witness statements, and other unstructured text. VALCRI avoids ‘automation surprise’ caused by black-box computation by encouraging computational transparency. Results are presented in a human-understandable manner. VALCRI applies feature extraction to fluidly transform a stack of crime reports into a table for Comparative Case Analysis. VALCRI also proactively suggest other crimes in the same area and period that may provide new leads or a potential suspects list. Results can be arranged spatially on the ‘thinking landscape’ of the analyst workstation to encourage analysts to do what humans are good at doing: use their expertise to creatively formulate questions about unknown unknowns, uncertain or missing data, make informed abductive inferences, and engage in storytelling to create plausible explanations. VALCRI helps the analyst transition to scientific, evidence-based hypothesis testing to support critical thinking.

    • PREDICATE is a two year project (2016-2017), which has received funding under the call for prevention and preparedness projects in the field of civil protection and marine pollution (ECHO/SUB/2015/713851/PREV29). PREDICATE consortium consists of three partners:
      1) KIOS Research Center - University of Cyprus (Coordinator)
      2) Center for Security Studies
      3) Cyprus Civil Defence
      PREDICATE aims at enhancing the disaster prevention capabilities of civil protection and other relevant services in local, regional, national, and international level, by demystifying the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) for watch-keeping and patrolling Regions of Interest (RoI).To guide UAS selection, PREDICATE will develop detailed needs assessment and technology review procedures. To guide the use of UAS, PREDICATE will develop an intelligent path planning toolkit for efficient UAS operation. Moreover PREDICATE can provide support to LEAs, during crises (e.g. inspection of a ROI against looting after a disaster) or on demand (e.g. traffic accident, evacuation management, man/vehicle tracking. etc)