Safety, Efficiency, Prosperity
The business case for modernizing policing in rapidly developing economies
In some respects, police agencies are much the same the world over, whether they serve a cosmopolitan city in North America or a fast-growing population in south Asia. All are sworn to keep those they serve safe and secure, an essential prerequisite for a stable and prosperous society. And regardless of where an agency serves, the rise of digital information sources and social media brings an abundance of data to be mined and new ways to engage with the community.
To justify those investments in technology, though, police in rapidly developing economies must build a business case that is relevant to their situation and the challenges they face. This study – based on data relating to 56 police agencies from around the world and the communities they serve – suggests the potential returns for rapidly developing economies can be dramatic, on average almost double those of their mature economy peers. The study identifies four distinct profiles of police agency in rapidly developing economies and shows that each should prioritize different investments and anticipate different profiles of agency and societal benefits.