Technology is ubiquitous in public safety. New and emerging technologies can provide immeasurable technical, tactical, and outcome benefits to law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve. Agencies have deployed them to identify innovative and evidence-based solutions to chronic crime challenges, enhance partnerships and services, and enhance public safety. The National Police Foundation (NPF) and their partner, SEARCH, support agencies by providing resources and technical assistance around these technologies and strategies around building digital trust with their communities.
NPF is hosting a series of virtual regional roundtables to develop shared understandings of use cases and generate critical themes and considerations for law enforcement seeking to build digital trust and leverage emerging technologies to advance public safety. NPF is also developing a series of resources that highlight important technologies and their roles in contributing to community and officer safety, promising practices and lessons learned, and building digital trust to ensure that technologies can be leveraged to plan, prepare for, and respond to First Amendment assemblies and mass demonstrations. The resources will be developed in collaboration with law enforcement and public safety leaders, subject matter experts, and other relevant stakeholders.
Current research suggests that absent clear understanding, internally, technology can be harmful to police departments. Externally, it can contribute to privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties concerns. Leveraging new and emerging technologies requires internal and external “digital trust.”
Building Digital Trust Promising Practices Guide – This guide will be available September 2021.
First Amendment Assemblies and Building Digital Trust webinars and Executive Briefs – These resources will be available September 2021.
The NPF is working in partnership with SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, and with funding provided by the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance under Grant Award Number 2016-DG-BX-K005.
Senior Project Associate
National Police Foundation
technology, police-community relations, trust, First Amendment