ICT4COP Final Conference

ICT4COP Final Conference

Community-based policing and post-conflict police reform: 12-13 November


Understanding human security in post-conflict areas was at the core of this large-scale, multi-national project. Join us for discussions on the findings with a lively programme that includes UN Police Adviser Luis Carrilho, Guy Vinet (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) and many more.

Over a 5-year period, the EU-funded project  Community-Based Policing and Post-Conflict Police Reform (ICT4COP) explored community-based policing initiatives in 11 case countries and the potential of information and communication technologies to support such efforts.  Where conventional top-down police reforms fail, community-based policing (COP) may succeed - but not without its own challenges.

Join us for a 2-day online presentation and discussion on the findings of this project. The event is free but registration is required.  The link to the event will be sent to registered participants. Check the text in your registration confirmation email.


In post-conflict regions around the world, insecurity is commonplace with reforms often resulting in militaristic police forces rather than community-oriented police services. For researchers and policymakers alike, community-based policing holds great promise as an approach that promotes human security, where conventional, top-down police reforms have failed. 

The event kicks off with a welcome speech and keynote address on the role of community-based policing in law enforcement. We will then provide an overview of the research, main findings, outcomes and key recommendations of the ICT4COP project as a whole. This will be followed by a presentation and discussion from each of the teams that conducted regional research in Africa and Central America, and a session on the technology pilots that were implemented in Pakistan, Kosovo, Guatemala and Kenya. The session will conclude with a summary of the day’s proceedings. 

The second day will begin with a short review of the previous day and set the stage for the day’s proceedings. This will be followed by a presentation and discussion from the research teams focusing on South Asia and South East Europe, as well as a presentation of the resources developed by ICT4COP including the project’s e-platform containing the e-handbook, e-learning course, and other relevant materials. This will be followed by a high-level panel session where project researchers and prominent EU and UN police advisors will discuss the topic of COP and post-conflict police reform: Implications for EU policy. The event will conclude with a summary of the two-day conference, and a discussion of the way forward. 

"The event will bring together researchers, practitioners and top policy makers to learn about our extensive research findings from five years of studying community policing and police reform in 12 post-conflict countries. Please join us for two inspiring days of discussion and debate!", says Project Leader Ingrid Nyborg.

Day 1: Thursday 12 November

Cecilia Dunster, Conference Host, Chief Inspector, Thames Valley Police, Oxford, UK.

May‐Kristin Ensrud, Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Safety, Norwegian representative at the Programme Board for Secure Societies.

09:10‐09:25Keynote: Law Enforcement in Europe and Beyond: A Role for Community‐Based Policing?José Romero Morgaz, Policy Officer, DG HOME, Organised Crime and Drug Policy.
09:25‐10:00Project Findings

  • Purpose
  • Approach and methodology, focus on human security, ethics, co‐production
  • Findings: overall, definitional, comparative, cross‐cuttng, implications for policy and practice 

Ingrid Nyborg, Project Leader, Associate Professor, Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric), Norwegian University of Life Sciences

Tor Damkås, Chief Superintendent, Norwegian Police University College

10:10‐10:45Regional Findings ‐ AfricaSession Moderator: Stian Lid, Researcher, OsloMet
10:45‐11:05Regional Findings: Africa. Comments and DiscussionPlenum
11:35‐12:10Regional Findings: Central AmericaSession Moderator: John‐Andrew McNeish, Professor, Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric), Norwegian University of Life Sciences
12:10‐12:30Regional Findings: Central America. Comments and DiscussionPlenum
12:40‐13:15Technology Pilots. Community Policing and ICT in Practice: Pilots from Pakistan, Kosovo,
Guatemala and Kenya.
Arunima Sehgal Mukherjee, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Informatics, University of Oslo
13:15‐13:35Technology Pilots: Comments and DiscussionPlenum
13:35‐13:40Day 1 SummaryCecilia Dunster, Conference Host
Day 2: Friday 13 November
09:00‐09:05Review of Day 1 and Introduction to Day 2Cecilia Dunster, Conference Host
09:05‐09:40Regional Findings: South AsiaSession Moderator: Ingrid Nyborg, Project Leader, NMBU
09:40‐10:00Regional Findings: South Asia. Comments and DiscussionPlenum
10:10‐10:45Regional Findings: South East EuropeSession Moderator: Fabienne Coenders, Faculty of Law, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
10:45‐11:05Regional Findings: South East Europe. Comments and DiscussionPlenum
11:35‐11:45Resources available from ICT4COP: Presentation of the e‐platform, e‐learning, e‐handbooks,
special issues and policy briefs
Daniel Juddson Lohmann, Leader of Work Package 11, Faculty of Landscape and Society, Norwegian University of Life Sciences

Panel Session. Community oriented policing and post‐conflict police reform: Implications for EU

In this session, project participants and police policy experts will be challenged by the moderator to
address how the project results can contribute to policy and reform efforts in policing in post-conflict
contexts. Conference participants may submit online questions. 

Project participants:

Alice Hills, Professor, Institute of Advanced Studies, Durham University
John‐Andrew McNeish, Professor, NMBU
Kari Osland, Senior Research Fellow, NUPI
Ingrid Nyborg, Project Leader, NMBU
Tor Damkås, Chief Superintendent, Norwegian Police University College

Police policy experts:

Francisco Esteban Perez, Director, Civilian Planning and Conduct Capability (CPCC), Service of Deputy
Secretary General CSDP and crisis response, European External Action Service ‐ Secretariat‐General of the EEAS (TBC)

Luis Carrilho, United Nations Police Adviser, Police Commissioner

Session Moderator:

A. Heather Coyne, International Police Expert and member of the ICT4COP Police
Expert Network (PEN) 


Summary and the way forward

Guy Vinet, Head of the Strategic Police Matters Unit/Transnational Threats Department, OSCE
Secretariat (TBC)

Cecilia Dunster, Conference Host

Ingrid Nyborg, Project Leader, NMBU