Social media for community policing

00000This is the sixth in a series of posts based on the recent COMPOSITE report on police use of social media across Europe. The police are the public and the public are the police Robert Peel’s most quoted fundamental principle is proving even more relevant in the age of social media. Community policing – embodied in Safer Neighbourhood Teams, the most popular and effective change to policing in modern times (in my opinion) – is characterised …

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Probation, Innovation & Geovation

00000The government is currently undertaking a review of the probation service and is encouraging probation trusts to be innovative in responding to fundamental change. Jason Davies’s  (@b00tstrapper) post shows that there’s plenty of innovation in the current probation service.   SWM Probation Trust’s adventures in mapping, phone apps and pecha kucha. It’s Wednesday afternoon, mid-June and we’re back in Southampton. It’s the final of the Geovation Challenge. The judges have retired to their chambers. We’ve made our case and …

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Can I get a witness? Smartphone app crime prevention

00000iwitness is the latest smartphone application promising a technological solution to crime. There has been a recent surge in the development of really useful smartphone apps. @reasondigital collated four life-saving examples last week. @Uturntraining has developed an app that helps prevent deaths by heroin overdose. Last week, I blogged about a new app developed by the New York Civil Liberties Union to monitor the use of “Stop-and-Frisk”. It uses smartphones video and audio recording functions to ensure that police …

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Stop and Search and Replay

00000 Stop and search has always been a controversial issue in the UK and friction point between police and the communities they serve. Indeed several commentators cited it as a potential contributory factor to last year’s riots. The New York equivalent “Stop-and-Frisk” has proved equally contentious with almost 700,000 people questioned on the city’s streets last year. The vast majority were non-white and almost 9/10 had not committed a crime – see this article by …

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How a new smartphone app can save lives

00000Naloxone training app I am writing this post to celebrate the launch of the new @UTurntraining smartphone app which is dedicated to preventing deaths caused by opiate overdoses. The app was launched on 16 January 2012 and is available for download from the Android marketplace for the sum of £1.99. UPDATE: 15 May 2012 – the app is now totally FREE. The iPhone version is already under development. Back in October, I wrote a post …

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Applying ourselves to prevent drug overdoses

00000The mobile phone application market is huge, over half a million apps for iPhone and quarter of a million for Android phones. As I write this, today’s top trending app in the Android Market is Buka HD – just £1.49 will buy you a game which features a big blue bubble whose purpose is to make ‘stars go boom’. In addition, to the thousands of games, there are apps for every purpose imaginable. In the …

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