Copcast Smart Policing Android App
at the end of 2016 i completed a 6-month part-time contract working as trainer, data monitor and liaison for APCOF (The African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum)
APCOF, in partnership with the Igarapé Institute (Brazil), is piloting the Smart Policing Project. The initiative harnesses the potential of smartphones used by police and other public safety personnel together with an Open Source Android application to promote accountable, proactive and safer law enforcement in low and middle income settings. The application allows for real time recording and streaming of video and audio content to a server, and analytics interface software monitored by senior officers. The Smart Policing Project’s main objectives are to increase oversight over users of the application; enhance police-community relations; and reduce the incidence of excessive use of force by officers against citizens. The application is currently being piloted by the Western cape Provincial Traffic Department and the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department among others.
- training users (police officers) in the use of the App
- monitoring their performance
- logging user data and compiling a weekly report which was sent out to area managers
providing technical support, including:
- setup and fine-tuning of devices (Samsung J1 and J5, Huawei P6)
- weekly user reports to management
training workshops in which new officers were introduced to the App and equipment, as well as how the monitoring process works - mostly in order to allay fears that they were being spied on.
- I was also commissioned to design the new body camera harnesses and see the manufacturing process through to completion. the original harnesses were so poorly designed as to be unusable. [img](harnesses JMPD)