Lead institutionUniversities Police Science Institute, Cardiff University
Project contactProfessor Martin Innes
* National Counter-Terrorism Functions Command* South Wales Police* West Midlands Police* Surrey Police* Sussex Police
* Cardiff Council* Safer Sutton Partnership
Summary of activitiesThe OSCAR Centre is a new multi-disciplinary centre bringing together academics and practitioners to develop the evidence base and skills base around the use of open source information for policing and public safety. It is led by the Universities' Police Science Institute, part of Cardiff University's Crime and Security Research Institute.
Project aimsThe focus of the centre reflects how more of social life and its associated problems now have a digital footprint, posing challenges to policing and security agencies worldwide.
The work of the centre will span the full range of policing and public safety issues, from national to neighbourhood security, helping to develop innovative methodologies, technologies and insights that will shape the future of policing.
Project activitiesThe centre operates using techniques designed to enable creative and innovative policy and practice development. These include: