About the Project

The theories underlying community policing received new impetus with the recent advent of smartphones and social media and especially the notion of user-generated content (UGC) where the users are citizens engaged in closer interaction with their local community and law enforcement agency. The five years 2010-2014 have seen a rapid upsurge of smartphone apps aimed at improving crime reporting and other forms of UGC and interaction associated with community policing.

The research project CITYCoP (Citizen Interaction Technologies Yield Community Policing) analysed the common features and the best practices embraced by apps which have been successful worldwide and determined why apparently promising ones have failed. It then produced 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.

As one of the CITYCoP project partners, the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Fundamental and Human Rights (LBI-GMR) helpt to develop a human rights framework to ensure that the human rights of all those involved in the use of the app are protected and safeguarded. The LBI-GMR team also contributed the chapter “A Human Rights-Based Approach to Community Policing (CoP): Participation, Equality and Non-Discrimination with Special Focus on New Internet Communication Technologies (ICTs)” to the final publication Changing Communities, Changing Policing.

During the project, the LBI-GMR also held the Human Rights Talk “Community Policing – people’s police or a policing people?”, bringing together panelists from academia, police and the human rights field to discuss this conflicted theme (16th May 2017).

The CITYCoP Final Conference, presenting the academic research carried out as well as the SecureU mobile application developed, was held in Florence on 17th – 18th April 2018.

Further information on the project: ®

a. Funded from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 653811

Project Data

Country: International
Persons involved: Anna-Müller Funk and Fiona Steinert (Project management); Waltraud Kotschy, Petr Kudelka, Anna Müller-Funk, Karl Schönswetter, Hannes Tretter (Researchers)
Contact persons: Michael Lysander Fremuth
Lead Organisation: University of Groningen (RUG), Holland
Partner Organisations: 22 partner organisations, including the University of Malta, the Fraunhofer Institut für Intelligente Analyse- und Informationssysteme, the Hoplite Software, the City of Florence, the Nutcracker Research and the South Yorkshire Police, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Fundamental and Human Rights (LBI-GMR)
Project start: 06/2015
Project end: 05/2018
Project completed: Yes
Funded by: European Commission, Directorate General Research, Horizon 2020 Programme


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