This paper describes the current challenges facing police forces and proposes ways in which Chief Officers should address them.
The media is full of stories about the threat of cyberattack on states, companies and individuals. Uber and AirBnB have fundamentally disrupted long established industries. Citizens can file tax returns and apply for passports online. But only a tiny proportion of police forces around the world offer citizens the ability to report crime online and then to track the progress of their case.
Yet policing affects all of us. It is a vital element in any properly functioning society. And it is a basic tenet of policing that “the police are the public and … the public are the police.” It must then keep pace with changes in society, whatever the challenges involved.
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