Video surveillance recordings and artificial intelligence in crime investigation

Research project
Active research
Project size
Project period
2023 - 2026
Project owner
University of Gothenburg

Swedish research council

Short description

This research project provides knowledge on how the increased use of video surveillance recordings - together with artificial intelligence (AI) to process recordings - affects the police's capacity to investigate and solve crimes including how the material produced is actually used and turned into evidence by criminal investigators. To increase the capacity to investigate and solve crimes, the Police Authority has hired civilian investigators and installed many more surveillance cameras in public places.

We examine the ways in which criminal investigators and image analysts deal with the rapid influx of recordings from surveillance cameras, new surveillance technologies and AI. Our empirical material consists of policy documents, interviews, and extensive observations of daily work. Our analysis combines theories of technology use with theories of formal and informal work. Through this, we will produce empirical and theoretical knowledge about the implications of surveillance cameras and AI for criminal investigation.

Our project contributes knowledge for decision-making on the circumstances under which surveillance cameras should be used and how investigative work should be organized. More generally, we contribute new knowledge on the implementation of new technologies in work organizations.

Principal investigator: Christel Backman
Project members: Cecilia Hansen Löfstrand; GU; Corinna Kruse, Linköpings universitet
Partner: Linköping University