Hack the Police 1

The first policing hackathon

In the summer of 2013, front-line officers from the Metropolitan Police's Commissioner's 100 set up and ran the first UK Policing Hackathon: Hack the Police.

The entire event was a voluntary effort to develop and trial new technology and new ways of working.

Invitees were both serving front-line officers, and independent software developers.


The hackathon produced a variety of interesting projects and tools - each demoed to the crowd, and winners selected by the Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe.

  • Best in Show went to the Secure Evidence Recorder by Tim Perry.

  • Best Public Confidence Boost went to the counter-terrorism advice app.

  • Best Regard for the Public Purse was for the property processing app.

  • Best Crime Reduction Tool was awarded for a CCTV coverage app.

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Hack the Police 1 created energy and excitement about use of technology, and the disruptive effect it can have on public safety, policing, and crime. Read more in these posts: