Community engagement in policing allows citizens to collaborate with Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) to prevent and control crime. Widespread social media use provides an opportunity to facilitate this collaboration, sharing of intelligence and support on ongoing investigations.
INSPEC2T develops a sustainable framework for community policing that effectively addresses and promotes seamless collaboration between the police and the community. The project develops an innovative technical solution to engage with and empower communities and to enhance communication and information sharing.
Trilateral Research leads the dissemination and exploitation of the project.
This involves developing and implementing the project’s strategic communications plan to raise awareness of INSPEC2T, increasing the impact of the project exploitation activities.
As project leader on dissemination, Trilateral is responsible for:
In the first 18 months of the INSPEC2T project, the dissemination, communication, and exploitation activities targeted over 340,000 stakeholders.
Trilateral has provided bespoke advice on the privacy and data security considerations and requirements for the design and implementation of the INSPEC2T system. Our design recommendations have been implemented into the INSPEC2T solution design by the technical team.
Additionally, Trilateral has led the assessment activities for one of the project test case – the Preston test case – working in close collaboration with Lancashire Constabularly.
Our team has conducted primary research (8 interviews, a workshop, and observation during the testing phase) with representatives from Preston Police, partner organisations and staff and students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to understand the maturity of Community Policing in Preston and user feedback on the INSPEC2T solution.
The value of INSPEC2T was highlighted by the different stakeholder groups in terms of helping organisations address citizen concerns, reducing communication costs, and facilitating enhanced communication between citizens and Law Enforcement Agencies.
The INSPEC2T project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, for further information visit the INSPEC2T website.