Current research projects

The members of FÖPS Berlin conduct research in a broad range of areas relating to Police and Security Management. In addition to the study of the various aspects of Policing and Data Protection, our portfolio inter alia also encompasses research on Crime Prevention and Evaluation of Preventive Programmes, Crisis and Catastrophe Management as well as legal aspects of vehicle automation. Our research is funded by federal and state ministries, foundations and other institutions of third-party funding.

The project “AMBOS” focuses on the possible responses open to the Police in seeking to protect public safety in a range of situations (e.g. demonstrations) against infringement by UAV. FÖPS Berlin has undertaken to investigate the legal questions associated with measures of police in response to UAV in different contexts. This involves the need to balance fundamental rights involved against Police duties and powers. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The project leader at FÖPS Berlin is Prof Clemens Arzt. The project will run from 1 February 2017 to 31 January 2019.

The fear amongst the general public of the deployment of unconventional explosive and incendiary devices has increased in recent years following the general increase of terrorist attacks and raised levels of terrorist alerts. The immediate response in Germany to such devices is led by the Bomb Disposal Service of both the Federal and State authorities, who are tasked with investigating and where necessary, defusing a wide range of suspect packages.

The aim of this project consortium is to provide the best-possible technical support to the security services to achieve a quick and reliable analysis of suspicious objects. In this project FÖPS Berlin focuses on performing a comprehensive legal analysis of the admissibility of the techniques and police measures tested in this project. Reseach is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The project leader at FÖPS Berlin is Prof Clemens Arzt. The project will run from 1 May 2017 to 31 April 2019.

This research project aims to develop a concept of professional training in interviewing technique for the Berlin Police. The project also seeks to design a seminar focusing on achieving “Success in difficult interviews” to be provided within the context of the joint scheme of continuing professional development (Gemeinsamen Fortbildungskatalog GFBK) involving the states of Berlin, Brandenburg, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. The project leader at FÖPS Berlin is Prof. Dr. Birgitta Sticher. The project is carried out in cooperation with an instructor in interviewing techniques, criminalists from the BSEL and colleagues from the Berlin Police Academy.

Conducted in co-operation with Dr Gudrun Görlitz from the Beuth Hochschule, the Berlin startup Noa Technologies GmbH and the State Criminal Police Office Berlin (Landeskriminalamt Berlin) FindMyBike is an interdisciplinary Legal and Management Studies and IT-based study aiming to develop GPS tracking-based solutions with which to facilitate the location of stolen bicycles. The project will also develop standards for a web-based software in which the victims of bicycle theft can transfer data pertaining to their stolen bicycle in a fashion designed to take into account all aspects of data protection. The project is funded by the Institut für Angewandte Forschung Berlin (IFAF). The project leader at FÖPS Berlin is Prof. Hartmut Aden and will run from 1 April 2017 to 31. March 2019.

This project seeks to adapt the latest vehicle automation technology to the needs especially of the disabled and elderly drivers so as to enable them to take advantage of independent vehicle mobility. FÖPS Berlin subjects new technologies developed in this project to a comprehensive legal scrutiny and establishes the legal requirements and restrictions effective on the aims of this project. This also includesthe suggestion of solutions for a legally-compliant implementation of the aims of the project. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The project leader at FÖPS Berlin is Prof. Clemens Arzt. It will run from 1 January 2017 to 31 January 2019.

The aim of this project is to conceive, implement and evaluate a recruitment procedure for the Berlin Police Force. The project will start with an evaluation of the existing Police requirement profile to enable optimization of the selection procedure bringing the best incremental validity. The project leader for FÖPS Berlin by Prof. Wim Nettelnstroth.

A commission set up under the aegis of the Department for Internal Affairs and Sport at the Berlin state government is dedicated to implementing a programme “Berlin against Violence” to combat and prevent the spread of Islamic and Salafist ideology amongst Berlin’s youth. FÖPS Berlin has been commissioned to provide consultation services in the form of a critical reflection on the aims and methods developed by the programme. A study conducted by FÖPS Berlin will assess the development of the Islamic scene in Berlin; the results will inform the collaborative feedback regarding the success and further development of the state prevention programme. Funded by the Senatsverwaltung für Inneres und Sport Berlin, the FÖPS Berlin project is led by Prof. Hans-Gerd Jaschke and will run from 1 October 2016 to 31 December 2017.