Hack the Police 3

The crime-fighting hackathon

Hack the Police 3, the original policing hackathon, took place in two locations during December 2018.

Police Rewired led the London event at Computacenter HQ in Blackfriars, and worked in partnership with CSCV to deliver the Lincoln event at Lincs Police HQ.

The event was conceived and led entirely by volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds including policing, software development, volunteerism and the charity sector.


βœ… Hold two events where communities, and developers who have never encountered police before can meet police officers and solve problems together with them.

βœ… Develop innovative, presentable, solutions to policing problems that could practically be implemented.

βœ… Build relationships between Police Rewired, CSCV, researchers, and police bodies who could potentially trial and support these new technologies - to impact and increase their capabilities.

βœ… Have tremendous fun and create a buzz about policing, crime fighting and innovation!

Key points

βœ… Held across 2 locations: Lincoln and London.

βœ… 16 wide-ranging and creative projects.

βœ… Working prototypes including:

    • community ANPR,

    • virtual reality investigation review,

    • machine learning to summarise crime reports, and

    • machine learning for crime-scene blood-spatter analysis.

βœ… London welcome from AC Sir Stephen House.

βœ… Lincoln welcomes from ACCs Kerrin Wilson and Richard Berry.

βœ… London judging panel:

    • PCC Katy Bourne (Sussex and lead for IT)

    • CI Grace Blake-Turner (Police Now and MPS)

    • Dr Laura Knight (IPSCJ)

    • Charlene-Elise Anderson (Amazon Web Services)

    • Sean McGee & Simon Imbert (ESRI)

βœ… Lincoln judging panel:

    • DCC Craig Naylor (Lincolnshire Police)

    • DI Jo Reeves (Lincolnshire Police)

    • Greg Stevenson (Lincolnshire Police)

    • Chris Gardiner (ESRI)

    • Scott Dunn (G4S)

βœ… Interest from policing bodies to progress these innovations.

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Hack the Police would not have been possible without our policing supporters...

Sponsorship in London

Sponsorship in Lincoln

Hack the Police would not have been possible without the hard work of our volunteers...

Lewis Westbury is a software developer, specialised in mobile systems development. He has been a special constable for almost a decade, and is currently taking a career break from that to work on a masters in Software and Systems Security, and spend more time with Police Rewired.

Rory Geoghegan is Head of Criminal Justice at the CSJ, with previous experience on the frontline of policing as a Special Constable and Police Constable. He started his career in strategy consulting at PwC and also co-founded an online business.

James Curtis is a business planner specialising in income and budget planning for charities and organisations with radical ideas for improving the world. You can also find him running around behind the scenes at events like the Escape Room Industry Conference, Now Play This and Radical Engineers.

Shan Sun is an international tax advisor in London specialising in tax innovation applying data science and machine learning at work.

She is a VR enthusiast, travelling extensively, is happiest when helping others and doing great things for a worthy cause.

Andreas Varotsis is a Police Inspector with the Metropolitan Police, and currently supervises an emergency response team on the London borough of Lambeth. Prior to this, he has worked in a variety of roles within the service, including community policing and a critical incident investigation team.

Andreas is a hobbyist programmer and enjoys dabbling in data-science, having previously worked in financial services and web development. He is completing a part-time MSc in Crime Science at University College London, and in his spare time enjoys programming very broken games and making very average cheese.

Credit for Hack the Police 3 poster: HappyToast