How can policing utilise smart assistants, such as to manage the logistics of police deployment and tasking or to ensure that victims and witnesses receive the best possible support?


"The ability to pass information quickly, accurately, and securely, and the ability to intercept or disrupt communications of others.

Our interests here relate to how policing can better service the public and victims to that they have easy and timely access to information. This might consider the use of possible ‘self-service’ options or smart assistants to provide assurance to victims on their case progress. This interest is not about reducing the person contact the pubic have with the police workforce but being able to use that contact in a smarter, more effective way. "

Next steps

"We welcome your engagement with our ARIs in the following ways:
• If you have evidence that completely or partly supports or answers one of our ARIs, we invite you to share that with us. For any ongoing research relevant to policing and crime reduction, we encourage you to register your research on the College of Policing’s research projects map, which has been designed to promote collaboration and support requests for participants.
• If you are, or plan to be, carrying out research that relates to one of our ARIs, we’d like to hear about it. While we cannot respond to speculative approaches for research funding, we will where possible act to support your ambitions, including finding you policing partners where possible.
• If you are submitting a funding or grant application that aligns with one of our ARIs, we hope that referencing policing’s ARIs will help to strengthen your case for the possible public impact of the research.
• We will use the ARI document to structure our academic engagement, prioritise events and build new connections with external partners. We will be using our ARIs in our engagement with UKRI, and we will publish any opportunities for funding via our website
Please send any correspondence and questions to, including ‘ARI’ in the subject heading."


This question was published as part of the set of ARIs in this document:

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