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About ICT4COP Center

Cutting-edge research and teaching on central issues related to COP

The ICT4COP Center aims to perform and communicate cutting-edge research and teaching on central issues related to community-based policing (COP) and post-conflict police reform. In doing so, the Center will develop and apply novel approaches to address current and emerging challenges related to the multitude of choices which can be made in policing, security provision and police reform in these difficult contexts. It also seeks to maintain a global network of researchers and practitioners with the Police Experts Network.


Identifying transformative ideas

for bridging the gaps between state, public and private security providers to promote understanding and cooperation for enhanced human security, and assisting and studying their implementation.

To develop and apply novel approaches

to the study of post-conflict police reform through combining research, practice and technologies to address the concrete and complex challenges the project has identified.

To create a dynamic arena for researchers 

in social science and technology, international and national police and civil society actors working with communities to share academic, practical and technical experiences and ideas on COP and police reform.

To undertake high quality, interdisciplinary co-productive, applied and action research

on current and emerging issues relevant to COP and police reform.

To communicate research findings

in key international and national policy and implementation environments.

To develop teaching and learning resources

for a variety of interested users, including students, policymakers, bureaucrats, police, and civil society actors.

To maintain and further develop our global network of researchers and practitioners

in collaboration with the PHS Police Experts Network (PEN).

About our project


The ambition
The project comprises 11 work packages. In-depth qualitative research will be conducted in a total of 11 case countries, spread across Latin America, South-Eastern Europe, Africa, and South Asia. Crosscutting themes include youth, gender, technology, and police training.

The research is interdisciplinary, with a common, overarching methodology and a strong focus on dissemination and exploitation of research results.

A clear ambition for the project is to analyze both differences and commonalities in community-oriented policing in very different post-conflict societies, to better inform development and security policy, reform processes, and training and education.