In conflict-ridden and post-conflict societies, some groups in society are more vulnerable than others, and youth may be such a group.
In this project, we have studied the role and engagement of youth in community-oriented policing. Youth have a peculiar role in that they may be seen both as a group in need of special protection by security institutions and as the very group that creates instability and insecurity in fragile societies.
The work package has used research findings to establish a ‘best practice’ police training method and curricula for community-oriented policing. Of interest here is the possible relevance but also the ethical pitfalls of the use of big data in community-based policing.
led ICT4COP’s Work Package 5: Youth Issues, as well as Work Package 10: South East Europe. Within WP5, she conducted cross-cutting research on youth across all the project’s study regions, and within WP10 she was specifically responsible for research conducted in Kosovo.
contributed to Work Package 5: Youth Issues and Work Package 10: South East Europe, and supervised and formally led the efforts of Ruhr University Bochum in the ICT4COP project from 2015 to the summer of 2019, only leaving the project due to retirement. He was actively involved in the grant application process and took part in setting out the objectives for the work in WP5 and WP10; his extensive network in South-East Europe as well as elsewhere in the academic, policing and policymaking world was strongly beneficial to the project.
contributed to Work Package 5: Youth Issues and Work Package 10: South East Europe, by supervising and formally leading the efforts of Ruhr University Bochum starting in the summer of 2019 until the project’s extended end date in November 2020. He is also engaged in the planning and implementation of the post-project exploitation plan.
contributed to Work Package 5: Youth Issues and Work Package 10: South East Europe, conducting extensive field research in Kosovo for the project until the beginning of 2018. Together with Thomas Feltes, he published the International Handbook on Information Communication Technologies for Community Oriented Policing.