The use of video surveillance technology from providers such as BriefCam can support the daily surveillance of the community.
In today’s digital and data-driven world, access to information is becoming increasingly critical – especially because criminal efforts are often focused on the use of sensitive data. By hacking sensitive databases and systems, or using information technology to coordinate attacks, data intelligence drives today’s criminals. While the US crime rate has generally declined due to the significant shift towards more sophisticated data-driven crime, law enforcement agencies rely more than ever on actionable information.
The increasing emphasis on big data is a driver for the adoption of community police, law enforcement strategies based on police transparency, community involvement and open sharing of public safety information. Many local and law enforcement agencies use information technology, develop community police programs, and encourage open and constructive collaboration with local residents and businesses to support public safety initiatives and improve productivity across the community.
Integration of information technology
The integration of technology into law enforcement has developed rapidly in recent years. The police rely on technological solutions to store and process information and information. A highly developed software is executed, with the help of which investigations and activities based on data can be advanced. Reliance on data-driven solutions also gives police the ability to connect with their communities and involve local residents and business owners in law enforcement efforts.
Video surveillance is a good example of this. Video can be an important source of data for the police force – especially when combined with video content analysis solutions that allow law enforcement agencies to expedite investigations, increase situational awareness, and uncover city-wide trends and patterns over time. By working with the police and providing video recordings or access to live feeds, business owners can contain and deter violence or crime in their workplaces while providing critical data for law enforcement purposes.
The analysis of video content is becoming a key competitive differentiator for cities as city officials and planners can make intelligent decisions based on data and insights from video footage. Whether it is video analytics or other intelligent technologies, access to data enables intelligent decision-making that enables the city to offer its current residents an improved quality of life and to proactively prepare for population growth and urban expansion.
For example, in the city of Detroit, police worked with local gas stations on a crime-fighting initiative called Project Green Light Detroit. The police are installing high-performance, high-resolution video cameras that allow them to better monitor threats and emergencies and react in real time. Law enforcement benefits from the video data, which can be analyzed to search for evidence or information, or to trigger real-time alerts using pre-defined conditions.
Smart technology supports community policing and benefits law enforcement, local businesses and residents by improving security in the neighborhood. Step up police efforts to deter and investigate crime; Support for urban development and traffic optimization with long-term analyzes and trend information as well as support for companies with information to enable long-term economic growth.
Increased reach and immersion
The United States Mayors’ Conference released a report on national police-community relations and found that in a number of states, less than half of residents consider the police to be “a good job”. Improving trust between the police and their communities is vital. The report recommends building this trust through daily interaction – or immersion – between police officers and the public and raising community awareness of law enforcement activities. Law enforcement officers are trained to prioritize regular contact with locals in different neighborhoods and commercial institutions.
Police can strengthen their role in the community by hosting or attending local sports, social and charity events, demonstrating their commitment and commitment as invested members of the community. This immersion helps create paths of trust that encourage citizens to openly share information with police.
Communication and cultural sensitivity
Increased commitment to the community alone is not enough. To build trust, the police also need to optimize the way they communicate with the community. A key component in strengthening positive communication is cultural sensitivity. The police need to understand the nuanced micro-societies in their cities, the diverse backgrounds of residents and business owners, and the life experiences typical of the local population. This can help law enforcement agencies identify social clues they might otherwise miss and share information more seamlessly with their constituents.
Municipal Police Strategies
Community police strategies also promote the “transactional model of communication,” which means that when law enforcement officers are confronted or spoken to a community member, they must do so in a way that makes the individual feel like they are sharing information – no spontaneous questioning.
The ultimate result of respectful dialogue, smart technology integration, and police immersion in local activity is a robust and respectful collaboration between law enforcement and the public that enables safer communities. Working with the public, the police receive critical data to prevent crime, expedite investigations and closure of cases, and help transform their city into a safe and smart city.
This article was published in the November 2020 issue of the International Security Journal. Get your FREE digital copy here