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Research project

Artificial Intelligence and Ethics at the Police

Artificial Intelligence and Ethics at the Police

2018 - 2019
Francien Dechesne
The Dutch National Police

Virginia Dignum, Jordi Bieger (TU Delft Design for Values Institute)

AI can contribute to improvements in law enforcement through applications such as predictive policing, automated monitoring, (pre-) processing large amounts of data (e.g., image recognition from confiscated digital devices, police reports or digitized cold cases), finding case-relevant information to aid investigation and prosecution, providing more user-friendly services for civilians (e.g. with interactive forms or chatbots), and generally enhancing productivity and paperless workflows. AI can be used to promote core societal values central to police operations (human dignity, freedom, equality, solidarity, democracy, and the rule of law), but the use of AI may also challenge values carefully guarded in existing processes and procedures.

The police organization in the Netherlands is committed to protect fundamental human rights and to ensure respect for the rule of law. Therefore, this research, funded by the Dutch National Police aims to identify morally salient requirements, to ensure responsible use of AI and contribute towards enhancing (rather than limiting) legitimacy of and trust in the police in the Netherlands.

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