Who will control the police?

Who will control the police?

debate: Police violence case in Kongsberg He understands the question of who should control the police and how it should be done.

Ole Andre Bratten.
  • Ole Andre Bratten

    Crisis researcher and author

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Implementing new technology using body cameras – and preferably in combination with drones – can create better working conditions for frontline staff in the justice sector.
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Norwegian police education is often cited as the best in the world. With a three-year course of study at bachelor’s level and opportunities for both further education and a master’s degree, the police have highlighted competency as critical to the performance of the police service.

Growing digital threats have also increased interest in the demands on policing in the virtual space – but at the same time, incidents in the operational part of the police service have made headlines. Once again, the police’s exercise of power is called into question. Are cameras the answer?

What about a body cam?

Implementing new technology using body cameras – and preferably in combination with drones – can create better working conditions for frontline staff in the justice sector. At the same time, control can be increased. A professional police service that welcomes both. The question is how usage in practice should be regulated. To understand the importance of this question, we must go back in time to implement the police Tetra anti-intercept communication.

Today’s technology makes it possible to shoot in 360 degrees, thus documenting all sides of the enclosure. At the same time that video can be broadcast “in real time” – it will be possible to cache it in local data centers where AI sorts out what behavior needs to be further analyzed and evaluated.

Before that, the editors sent their journalists by listening to the events related to the then open police link. Media equipped with cameras to cover police action can be seen as guarantors of legal certainty. This option has been replaced by Twitter, a platform that the police will abandon. Another incident in Kongsberg helps speed up the question of who will control the police and how will this be done?

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At the same time, it is equally about how we as a society secure police working conditions in the increasingly demanding daily work life.

New technology can increase safety

By looking closely at crime statistics in terms of violence, threats and abuse of public officials, there is no doubt that we see significant challenges. Threats against public officials are on the rise, while work environment legislation protecting against violence and threats of violence naturally protects employees in the justice sector. With the introduction of body cameras, the goal should be to increase the safety of both officials and the public.

Transparency is key to the justice sector of tomorrow With increased transparency as a societal trend, home television viewers have also gained insight into the daily lives of a growing number of professional groups. When the media, not least researchers, are invited on a journal, it creates credibility and trust. Digital tools can help in the most demanding of daily lives.

By rolling out Bodycams, we can increase transparency. This is the natural tendency for an increasingly open and trust-conscious justice sector in dealing with the public. These are big questions that need to be clarified in the future. Then the question is how this plays out in practice, as both technology and privacy legislation are constantly changing.

What about artificial intelligence?

Today’s technology makes it possible to shoot in 360 degrees, thus documenting all sides of the enclosure. At the same time that video can be broadcast “in real time” – it will be possible to cache it in local data centers where AI sorts out what behavior needs to be further analyzed and evaluated. Here we can imagine that aggressive behavior directed at police officers or others automatically notifies the Operations Center which sends more help without anyone having to manually request it.

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This will ensure both the public and service personnel in normal law enforcement missions, as well as ensuring mission resolution in acute and time-critical incidents, such as terrorist attacks. Privacy issues are more challenging than technical issues, as we have to put in place mechanisms that ensure prompt access for advocates and legal assistance in criminal cases, as well as access to the media and the general public in general. However, when transparency is the starting point, it should be possible to find good solutions that take into account all points of view.

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