Future of policing

What lies in store for the future of policing?

In the coming decades, law enforcement will face an increasingly digitalized and complex world.  As technological advances push the boundaries between the physical and the digital, the criminal landscape continues to become more transnational and more sophisticated.

With this rapidly evolving digital landscape, policing will therefore face new challenges and opportunities.

Given this situation, what will the future of policing look like in the years to come? And even more importantly, what can law enforcement do now to prepare for these impending transformations?

INTERPOL’s collaborative approach to exploring the future

To answer this question, the INTERPOL Innovation Centre has launched a major initiative on the future of policing. This initiative includes a range of activities, which will take place over 2022 and 2023, including interviews with chiefs of police, young upcoming police leaders as well as global business and academics leaders, dedicated Virtual Rooms and in-person conferences.  

These various activities will culminate in the development of strategic recommendations on the future of policing, in time for the Organization’s hundredth anniversary. This Centenary provides us with an opportunity to look backwards as well as forwards to our shared perspective on global policing.

The INTERPOL Working Paper on the Future of Policing

As a first step, the Innovation Centre has produced a Working Paper on the Future of Policing. The paper examines the future operational environment of law enforcement; how the mission, duties and capabilities of policing could evolve; and what we can do to prepare for these transformations.

We will update the Working Paper throughout the year with new input and suggestions, following activities held under the Future of Policing initiative.