Community policing
police officers on a street scene in day light

Unity was a €4.5m project aimed at strengthening the connection between the police and the diverse communities they serve to maximise the safety and security of all citizens. Unity took a rounded approach by analysing citizens and policing perceptions of community policing in Europe. This research produced an analysis of the current and desired state of community policing to inform a new model of community policing and devised approaches to mediate citizen-police communications through mobile and online applications.

One of the key outcomes of Unity was the definition of the six pillars of community policing, namely,

  1. Trust 
  2. Communication and information sharing 
  3. Collaboration 
  4. Addressing local needs 
  5. Accountability
  6. Crime prevention

CENTRIC's role was to develop the citizen and police mobile applications, supporting the development of the Community Policing Architecture Framework (CPAF) and the creation of the choose-your-own-adventure game AESOP to enhance community engagement.

Funding Statement

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UNITY received funding from European Commission Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement Number 653729

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