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2014-07-07 12:27

COMPOSITE conference "Good Leaderships in Times of Change – Empirical Findings and Suggestions for Police Leaders" by Kate Horton

COMPOSITE's final conference on "Good Leaderships in Times of Change – Empirical Findings and Suggestions for Police Leaders" on 12 and 13 June 2014 in Rotterdam (the Netherlands)

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2014-07-03 13:45

"Police is regain control by using twitter and Co."

COMPOSITE researcher were interviewed about their research on "police & social media".

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ICT Trends in European Policing – first COMPOSITE report

2011-04-04 09:30

ICT Trends


The report from the project’s Work Package “Technology Adaptation” is an exciting document about current and planned information and communication technology projects within the police forces of the ten participating countries. Based on interviews with police officers and the analysis of various documents, and based on interviews with technology vendors in the field of ICT for policing, the report presents the following themes that describe major trends in ICT for European policing:


  • the integration of intelligence data systems

  • the adoption of mobile computing

  • the use of surveillance technologies

  • the application of digital biometrics the crosscutting issue of user acceptance

  • the emerging challenge of social media applications.

The report highlights the many commonalities, but also the existing differences with respect to how the trends materialise in the ten countries. One important result for all countries is that only few ICT developments involve multiple police forces from different countries. Most initiatives remain bound to local and national contexts and there is only limited awareness about “what is going on” in other countries. COMPOSITE’s envisaged online Police Monitor, an online database on change processes in European police forces, will capture ICT trends and allow police to develop a better oversight.

The report also provides the groundwork for the next stage of our research in the Work Package “Technology Adaptation”. Here, the aim is to identify best practices with regards to the usage of ICT in policing. We will start this stage by organising a workshop on social media applications and their relation to police work. Details on the workshop will be published soon.

For any further questions or interests in that workshop, please contact Sebastian Denef at 


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