Community Policing

Solving problems together

We are an interdisciplinary research group from the Ruhr-Universität in Bochum (Germany) and the Jagiellonian University in Krakow (Poland) with backgrounds in sociology, law, linguistics and police science. Our research group is embedded in the the EU Research Project Information Communication Technologies for Community Oriented Policing [ICT4COP]. This project involves numerous researchers from 10 different universities and institutions around Europe. It comprises 11 work packages conducting field research in a total of 11 case countries, spread across Latin America, South-Eastern Europe, Africa, and South Asia. Our aim is to assess and analyze community-oriented policing in different post-conflict societies with a focus on the question of how ICT may contribute to its success. The focus of project is to gain a better understanding of human security in post-conflict settings. The research is interdisciplinary, with a common, overarching qualitative methodology and a strong focus on dissemination and exploitation of research results. This website serves as one of many dissemination efforts.

 

The challenge

Where conventional, top-down police reforms fail, community-based policing (COP) holds promise – but also entails challenges. Post-conflict societies, although they vary in most respects, have something in common: public institutions including the police are conside­red weak and untrustworthy. Abuse of police powers, corrupt practices, and impunity are characteristics people often ascribe to their authorities.

This research project sets out to better understand these and interlinked challenges, and to propose new ways of dealing with them. Questions to be addressed include:

  • Could policing in post-conflict societies become a public service and not merely a public authority?

  • Are the police in post-conflict societies accountable to the population, and able to respond to gender- and youth-specific crimes and insecurities?

  • To what degree can information and communications technologies contribute to or detract from improved human security for vulnerable

 
 

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Prof. Dr. Thomas Feltes MA

WP10 and WP5 leader

Country focus: Kosovo

Ruhr Universität Bochum

Faculty of Law

Department of Criminology, Crime Politics and Police Science

Scientific background: Law and Educational Science

     
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Fabienne Coenders MSc

WP10 and WP5 leader-representative

Country focus: Kosovo

Ruhr Universität Bochum

Faculty of Law

Department of Criminology, Crime Politics and Police Science

Scientific background: Sociology

     
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Prof. dr. Janina Czapska, MA

WP10 member

Country focus: Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia

Jagiellonian University in Kraków

Faculty of Law and Administration

Department of Sociology of Law

Scientific background: Law and Police Science

     
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Katarzyna Struzińska, MA

WP10 member

Country focus: Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia

Jagiellonian University in Kraków

Faculty of Law and Administration

Department of Sociology of Law

Scientific background: Law and Linguistics

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ICT4COP: A Research Project
funded by the EU Commission's
Horizon 2020 Research & Innovation Programme