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Case studies

These case studies provide an insight into the science and technology activities taking place across policing. 


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Tools for the Trade

Recruiting and building a high calibre, highly engaged police force is a priority across the country. To meet ambitious recruitment targets, policing needs to scale up the way that recruitment and vetting happens.
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Delivering Justice - The 3D Modelling Technology Bringing New Evidence to Trial

Partnerships between police and academic institutions have been crucial in advancing the field of forensic imaging. With the rapid pace of technological advancements…
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Improving Response to Victims of Domestic Violence

Kent Police sought to tackle the rise in demand of domestic abuse related calls and to improve witness and victim satisfaction, which they recognised as a key requirement for improvement.
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Operation Yardbird - Improving Efficiency and Bringing Offenders to Justice

In the world of policing, science and technology play a vital role in ensuring we stay a step ahead on tackling and preventing crime to better protect the public, deliver justice, and support police on the frontline.
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Innovative Solutions For a Safer Future for Women And Girls

Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is a complex and sensitive issue, especially their safety in public spaces. The police play a vital role in protecting women and girls from violence…
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Facial Recognition - Delivering More Precise Policing

Facial recognition technology has become an important tool for many police forces worldwide, including the Metropolitan Police Service (Met).
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9 Jun 2023
Inside Essex Police's Battle Against Knife Violence

Knife crime is on the rise, and is presenting a large and complex challenge for police forces across the country. Instead of focusing only on investigating crime after it has occurred…
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The TOEX Programme - Bringing Criminals to Justice

TOEX, the specialised programme led by Kate Thacker, takes a proactive and intelligence-led approach to policing, offering resources and expertise to help agencies tackle complex cases involving organised exploitation.
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16 Aug 2023
Transforming Crime Investigation: A Digital Revolution

Processes used to collect, store and manage evidence in criminal investigations are becoming digitalised as the police harness the benefits that this represents for the workforce and for service provision.
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24 Jul 2023
An Interview with Sir Anthony Finkelstein

Sir Anthony Finkelstein CBE FREng DSc MAE FCGI is a world-leading engineer and computer scientist. He is a member of the Council of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)…
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3 Mar 2023
Hacking for Police

Following a collaboration between the Home Office's Accelerated Capability Environment (ACE) and the Common Mission Project…

The OPCSA has designed these case studies as a repository of information across policing, they are not official endorsements for the technology and research mentioned. For operational guidelines, based on best available evidence, please visit: Policing guidance | College of Policing