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Imagining 2030

From crowdsourcing evidence via thousands of pieces of digital media as part of an investigation, to building detailed simulations for complex responses to limit risk, using in-home sensors to assess a crime scene, or machine learning to detect patterns in an investigation — what seemed like science fiction a decade ago is now a reality.

None of us can foresee exactly how the next decade of policing will unfold. We can, however, assess how digital trends, behaviours around data, and
new technologies will change the nature and volume of demand, and this will impact our ability to respond.

This strategy identifies key digital trends, and each raises some pressing questions for the direction of policing in England and Wales over the next 5-10 years: