With the opening of the National Police Lab AI, the National Police Corps, Utrecht University, and the University of Amsterdam will soon begin collaborating in the field of artificial intelligence. The lab is the ideal facility for young scientists to conduct research into ways that artificial intelligence can support police work over the coming years. The official opening will be held at Utrecht University on 16 January.
Processing online police reports and analysing hours of image recordings in just a few seconds: these are just two examples of possible police applications of artificial intelligence. The long-term collaboration as part of the National Police Lab AI will ensure that police officers will be able to rely on the most state-of-the-art technology in the field of artificial intelligence for years to come. “Artificial intelligence will enhance our operational effectiveness”, says Theo van der Plas, Programme Director for Digitalisation and Cybercrime. “The increase in the amount of data available in society, and the rapid pace of technological developments, will have an enormous impact on police work. With this collaboration, we will have the knowledge necessary to respond to these changes in-house.”