Policing in a networked world

PwC global policing survey highlights the challenges and findings from police leaders across 6 countries

PwC Global Policing Survey

Policing is at a critical juncture. Demographic and societal changes, along with technological innovations, have created new and varied types of crime. The challenges and opportunities facing police urgently require an ambitious, sophisticated and unified response if policing is to stay connected with and fulfil its mission in democratic society.

The view from the dash-cam: key findings

New technology is changing how the police operate

The explosion of digital data and its proliferation into almost every aspect of peoples’ daily lives, together with the connective power of increasingly agile technology, has created both a threat and an opportunity for law enforcement.

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Cultural norms are changing

Citizens increasingly expect the police to keep them safe in public, private and online spaces. This has increased workloads for officers, and it requires new capabilities to be developed. Officers increasingly operate across a complex range of familial, societal and mental health issues, as well as look backwards into historic cases. 

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Crime and criminals are changing

Criminals are using more advanced techniques to target vulnerable groups. Emerging crime types, such as cybercrime, do not translate well into the traditional model of frontline policing or the concept that a crime is linked to a location, a victim and an offender. Police organisations today are finding it harder to keep pace with new methods of disguising or hiding criminal activities, particularly online. 

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