- from the IBM Center for Applied Insights
Police agencies, wherever they are, have some things in common: they are sworn to keep those they serve safe and secure, an essential prerequisite for a stable and prosperous society. And regardless of where an agency serves, in a cosmopolitan North American city or in a fast-growing population in South Asia, digital information sources and social media generate a great deal of data to be mined, plus new ways to engage with the community.
To justify investments in technology, though, police in rapidly developing economies must build a business case that is relevant to their situation and challenges. This study – based on data relating to 56 police agencies from around the world and the communities they serve – suggests the potential returns for rapidly developing economies can be dramatic. The study identifies four distinct profiles of police agency in rapidly developing economies and shows that each should prioritize different investments and anticipate different profiles of agency and societal benefits. Get the study.