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Theme 2: Digitally enabled policing


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2.20 Can coercive control behaviour be identified through Machine Learning?

The aim is to investigate whether coercive control behaviours can be identified through automated data analysis techniques.



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2.15 Prospecting chatbots as a communication platform to tackle cyber grooming

Investigating the viability of using chatbots as a communication channel for the police to tackle online grooming

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2.14 Citizen Forensics

A multi-disciplinary investigation which encourages citizens to help the police collect and analyse disparate data to improve public safety.

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2.09 Building sustainable policing practitioner communities online

Project used 'nQuire-it' platform to generate data through 'citizen inquiry' methodology (the use of scientific method by the public to raise and resolve problems).

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2.08 Systems Thinking and Complexity Science for Policing

This project introduced the basic ideas of systems thinking and complexity science, and enabled police practitioners to apply it to real problems from their professional experience

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2.06 Game-based Learning for Police Training in Child Interviewing

This research project developed a training simulation system for child witness interview training

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2.04 Strategies for effective social media engagement

This project aimed to identify key strategies for effective social media engagement by police forces

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2.02 Enhanced engagement of public via social media

What are the best message-writing practices to generate a higher level of social media engagement?

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2.01 Detecting grooming behaviour on social media

Developing self-protection tools to automatically identify predators


Launch of CPRL Collaborative to foster interdisciplinary dialogue and research across the OU with CPRL members

CPRL has launched a new format of research seminars under the brand ‘CPRL Collaborative’ that are open to academics and our police force members. 

23rd November 2023
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Upcoming Events

Dec 7

Membership Group Meeting

Thursday, December 7, 2023 - 10:30 to 12:30

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