Police Rewired

Volunteers, fighting crime, with code.

Who we are

Police Rewired are a community of volunteer professionals with an interest in policing technology, community safety, and fighting crime.

We build tools to make people safer.

We support and engage our members through a series of projects, hackathons, workshops and meet-ups. All our projects are open source and volunteer-led.

We connect independent developers with policing organisations, front-line policing staff, community groups, and partners with interests aligned with ours to help develop world class solutions.

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2020 meet-ups:

2019 meet-ups:

  • Hack the Police 4 Showcase, 25th November, New Scotland Yard

  • Hack the Police 4, 14-15th September, London

  • Emergency Recorder planning, 16th May, Discord

  • Burglary Victims Bot Project Meet, 12th March, London

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Nov 2020

Apr 2020

  • Look for the helpers, the story of volunteerism during the corona-crisis, from open data

  • We're only human, how we cleaned up the data from thousands of volunteer groups across the UK

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  • Support and develop the public safety projects that our volunteers are working on.

  • Run events that reach outside of policing for ideation and prototyping of new tools in public safety.

  • Develop and grow our membership into a self-supporting civic tech community.

  • Connect policing and public safety bodies with our civic tech community.

  • Promote user-first, and open source techniques for public safety service development.

Our core project for 2020 is the Active Citizens Toolkit (ACT).

  • The toolkit targets people who wish to take part in the safety story of their communities.

  • We are building a library of short accessible articles, written by public safety practitioners.

Hack the Police 4 took place, 14-15 September 2019

If you'd like to contribute to any of our crime-fighting public safety projects, join our community to hear more about them - or check out the projects page to see if you'd like to volunteer your skills.


A photo of the crowd at Hack the Police 4

Detect the Undetected!

50 developers, designers, students, academics, police officers and staff joined us in September 2019 for Hack the Police 4. Working with partners from the College of Policing and the MPS, we delivered investigation themed challenges and the teams at the hack produced a dozen innovative new solutions - from crime scene to case file...

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A photo from the Hack the Police 4 showcase

Growing and developing investigative projects...

In November 2019, we were fortunate enough to be able to bring 6 of the projects from Hack the Police 4 to New Scotland Yard. Winning teams were able to present their projects to a room of investigators and experts in policing - who offered their support, advice and connections to help bring these projects to life.

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For a flavour of our events from 2018, view our 2018 Q4 term card!

2 police officers stand in front of a poster that says "Policing made simple!"

November 2018: Projects meet

On November 6th we held our first meet-up at Newspeak House to kick off some exciting new projects. We welcome software developers, designers, and creative problem-solvers.

If you're interested in joining a project, or if you'd like to pitch an idea to other developers, join our community.

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A photo of a pile of stickers from Hack the Police

December 2018: Hack the Police 3

Hack the Police 3, the original policing hackathon, took place in two locations during December 2018. Police Rewired worked in partnership with CSCV to deliver the Lincoln event, and led the London event. If you love hackathons and you want to do something exciting and worthwhile, keep an eye out for future events.

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A photo of the back of a t-shirt that says "I've hacked the Met"

August 2013: Hack the Police

In 2013, Officers from the Commissioner's 100, a change group within the Metropolitan Police, held the first policing hackathon and named it Hack the Police.

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The poster for Hack the Police 2 featuring a policeman and a number of supporting technologists and staff around him.

December 2017: Hack the Police 2

Only 4 years later, Hack the Police returned, this time in collaboration with the Forensic Psychology Unit at Goldsmiths.

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The original invite poster for Software Self-Defence 101, inviting participants to hear Glyn Wintle share infosec horror stories and insights.

April 2018: Software self-defence 101

Police Rewired hosted a short talk from Glyn Wintle, cyber security professional and outspoken advocate of best practices. Glyn shared tools and tips for designing security into software; and told a few horror stories everybody should hear...

Credit for Police Rewired and Hack the Police posters: HappyToastCredit for some illustrations: Lukasz Adam