Every year, more than 40,000 burglaries take place in the country. In most cases, the citizen then contacts the local police by telephone. He examines the house and the damage, and takes a first report from the victim. Policy is that in all cases the police officer contacts the Forensic Investigation Department (FO) after a burglary. This is a criminal investigation department that specialises in evidence collection (e.g. taking finger and footprints, recording property damage).
A FO officer must go on site to record the evidence. On average, an employee is capable of recording about four burglaries a day. This time consists of going to the scene, recording the trace evidence and then drawing up an official report on the traces found. The current workload is too high for the current workforce, and there are multiple parts of the process that could be executed more efficiently.
Therefore, the Dutch police are looking at innovative solutions on multiple fronts that can improve efficiency. Firstly, they are looking for solutions that can allocate FO officers to crime scenes and automatically dispatch them based on occupancy and location (e.g. similar to how Uber assigns drivers to passengers). Secondly, there is often incomplete or wrong information present in the communication between the first police officer that is present, and the FO officer that picks it up later. Consequently, they are looking for tools that can improve the information transfer and/or communication between these two actors. Lastly, they are looking for solutions that increase the efficiency of the actual evidence collection process (e.g. shoeprint identification).
This challenge is part of the Ministry of Justice and Security Hub-Startups initiative. Through this initiative, the ministry involves both internal and external parties and takes cooperation with tech companies to the next level. This is accomplished through a structural platform for cooperation between the different departments and startups. In short, a platform that identifies, unlocks, and realizes opportunities for both the Ministry and the solution provider.
The challenge owners will select the top applicants, who will be invited for selection day. The top applicants get the chance to share their solution with key stakeholders from the Ministry of Justice and Security. Afterwards the top three will be invited to participate in the tender process, which will determine who will be selected for the collaboration (PoC/Pilot).
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