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Influence policing: Strategic communications, digital nudges, and behaviour change marketing in Scottish and UK preventative policing

Collier, Ben; Stewart, James; Horgan, Shane; Wilson, Lydia; Thomas, Daniel

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Ben Collier

James Stewart

Lydia Wilson

Daniel Thomas



Abstract

Influence policing is an emerging phenomenon: the use of digital targeted ‘nudge’ communications campaigns by police forces and law enforcement agencies to directly achieve strategic policing outcomes. While scholarship, civil society, and journalism have focused on political influence and targeting (often by malicious actors), there has been next to no research on the use of these influence techniques and technologies by governments for preventative law enforcement. With grant funding from SIPR and support from The Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR), we have studied how this novel mode of police practice is developing through an in-depth study of Police Scotland’s strategic communications unit and a wider systematic overview of these campaigns across the UK.

Report Type Research Report
Online Publication Date Aug 21, 2023
Publication Date Aug 21, 2023
Deposit Date Aug 25, 2023
Publicly Available Date Aug 28, 2023
Publisher URL https://www.sipr.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/Ben-Collier-Influence-Policing-Full-Report.pdf

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