Since 2015, Nutcracker Research has been part of a consortium of researchers and specialist practitioners working on two European Commission-funded projects

CITYCOP

CITYCOP's goal is the engage citizens and law enformcement agencies in mutual learning of local policing practices with the aim of producing a uniquely European solution - including a smartphone app and an online portal - which are capable of being deployed in every European city while still retaining the 'local flavour' and diversity. 

CITYCOP has the following objectives:

  1. To analyse the social, cultural, legal and ethical issues that affect the building of trust in community policing through technology.
  2. To identify and address previous failures/limitations in the use of technology in community policing by reviewing existing practices worldwide.
  3. To understand how the use of technology in community policing models is received by law enforcement agencies and citizens in selected European cities and the factors that contribute to success in terms of building trust and improving crime reporting. 
  4. To produce a uniquely European technical solution including a smartphone app and an on-line portal, which are capable of being deployed in every European city while still retaining the “local flavour” and diversity.
  5. To develop a system with the aim to facilitate information sharing and trust building between citizens and law enforcement agencies and to pilot the CITYCoP system in four diverse major cities and their surroundings.
  6. To train law enforcement agencies and citizens through serious gaming to facilitate the right information sharing that will allow to prevent, detect and prosecute criminal behaviour efficiently.
  7. To carry out a complete data protection and ethical audit of the CITYCoP system
  8. To develop a CITYCoP Toolkit that can be used by other cities inside and outside Europe which may want to adopt the CITYCoP system.

For more information about the CITYCOP project, please go to www.citycop.eu

 

CARISMAND

CARISMAND aims to deal with the issues of preparadness, response to disasters and after-crisis recovery which is inevitably influenced by cultural background of individuals and the society they live in.

 

Cultural factors play an important role in determining the way people respond to stress, engage in crisis management and accept disaster relief in an emergency.  These factors could also negatively impact the professional response to disaster because of the lack of cultural understanding, sensitivity and competencies as well as due to lack of understanding of the cultural background of the victims of a disaster.

 

CARISMAND aims to identify these factors, explore existing gaps and opportunities for improvement of disaster policies and procedures, and to develop a comprehensive toolkit which will allow professional as well as voluntary disaster managers to adopt culturally-aware everyday practices. 

 

The project employs an approach that examines natural, man-made and technical disasters, placing at the centre specific aspects that affect culturally informed risk perceptions, such as whether disasters are caused intentionally or not, the ‘visibility’ of hazards, and various time scales of disasters etc. 

The expected impact is to better meet the needs of various cultures during disaster relief, thus improving reaction time and reducing fatalities and, ultimately, increasing the overall effectiveness of those who respond to disasters by identifying which cultural factors, important insights, and specific communication styles for a given cultural group should be taken into consideration during disaster situations in urban areas. Furthermore, specific focus is to be put on exploring how to anticipate and identify solutions to cultural problems that may arise in the event of an emergency.

CARISMAND will deliver:

  • formal set of recommendations for stakeholders at all levels that include the implementation and/or improvement of policies and guidelines, educational measures, and a roadmap for further knowledge transfer activities;
  • comprehensive “cultural map” for formal and “informal” disaster managers as well as for interested citizens which is available online, downloadable, and adaptable to their individual or institutional needs.

For more information about the CARISMAND project, please go to www.carismand.eu.

 

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