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.
COVID-19 community support
Emergency services are stretched. Things you can do:
- Find out more about how you can help, and what we are doing at our COVID-19 volunteers pages.
- Help develop and share our mutual aid communities map for people to connect with their nearest volunteer group.
- Help develop and share our community policing dashboard to provide safety and support for those communities.
- Join our data community in looking into COVID-19 datasets to find insights for public safety and health.
Join the wider effort...
- Check out the Coronavirus Tech Handbook - a resource for volunteers and professionals.
Learn Python from the NSA
Join our NSA Python Study Group
in London online on March 28th to explore the NSA's internal Python coding course.
On 7 Feb 2020, Chris Swenson released the scanned, OCR'd output from an FOIA request he made to the NSA - asking for their Python training materials. It's a 400-page 180Mb PDF. Shortly afterwards, Sherif Eldeeb released a reduced, 18 Mb version.
As a group, we'll work our way through the first few modules, supporting each other as we go. We've mirrored the course on Google Drive - where we can collaboratively add comments and notes to the documents as we learn.
- NSA Python Study Group, 28th March, online.
- Projects mixer, 8th February, Discord.
- 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
Read the latest!
- Police Rewired and Hack the Police, College of Policing WhatWorks
- Developing technology that can help us be better witnesses, Policing Insight 🔒
- Using data to fight crime, Policing Insight 🔒
- 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
- Hack the Police 4 report and showcase
- If you would like to join the team and plan Hack the Police 5 in 2020, contact us:
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...