UK government investigates future police tech


The Home Office has announced its plan to undertake a ‘market assessment’ of cutting-edge technology predicted to be available to the police over the next two decades.

The project will be carried out in collaboration with the National Police Chiefs’ Council, as well as the Defence and Security Accelerator, and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory.

According to the Home Office, main areas of interest include data/information solutions, automation, augmentation, and ‘behaviour’. The latter category includes professional development technology, the identification of new crime types, and technology to “increase confidence in police actions.”  

Speaking of the project, a spokesperson said: “We are keen to develop a better understanding of the different technological approaches from academia and industry, against the full range of commercial sectors. This information will provide us with knowledge on the maturity of novel solutions that are in development, and areas that potentially require further government investment.”

A Home Office request for information in relation to the project was launched at the end of October.

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