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Policing 4.0

Deciding the future of policing 

Internationally, policing is under the microscope. In Ireland, the Commission on the Future of Policing have issued their final report, setting out a vision for the future of policing in Ireland. In the UK, a rise in serious violence and falling detection rates in some parts of the country have brought political focus onto the resilience of a model of policing. Globally, the changing nature of crime and terrorism, and the widening of the spheres of operation of policing into the private and online worlds, are challenging policing structures and infrastructure.

This necessitates new ways of thinking and responding: Policing 4.0 is here.

Policing 4.0 explores these challenges facing policing today and the powerful trends and forces that will influence crime and policing over the coming decades.

This report, conducted by Deloitte UK, holds insights that are equally applicable to the Irish context. In an increasingly globalised society, police services around the world are facing similar challenges and need for transformative thinking. Police services are continually needing to transform to respond to shifts in patterns of crime, society, policy and technology.

The report is informed by commentary on the global policing sector, analysis of international police data and interviews with chief officers from UK police forces, leaders of national policing organisations and leading academics.

For Irish policing and justice leadership, this report is particularly timely. With the Commission on the Future of Policing’s report, The Future of Policing in Ireland, just published, opportunity exists for leadership to transform and shape the future of Irish policing.

Findings

Policing 4.0 finds that policing is changing. Rapid developments in technology, spending reductions and profound shifts in society and patterns of crime have contributed to changes in police structures, recruitment approaches, ways of engaging the public, investigative methods, approaches to preventing crime, supporting victims and protecting the vulnerable.

Policing leaders are working tirelessly and with skill to address problems, but are deeply concerned about policing’s capacity to harness technology effectively and police ‘readiness’ to deal with crimes enabled by technology.

Politicians and policing leaders have some big choices to make about their role, priorities, and policing philosophy. They must decide which new capabilities they will need to invest in to cope with policing’s new realities, and to achieve the vision under the Future of Policing in Ireland.

The report provides a new framework for thinking about key policing choices and a set of ideas and case studies of success to support decision making whilst sharing a vision for the future of policing.

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