Evaluating and improving the performance of police work through the World Internal Security and Police Index (WISPI)

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As part of global competitiveness where countries and organizations compete to blaze a trail in various fields of development and progress, internationally accredited think tanks launch indices annually and organizations such as the UN adopt such indices.

World Internal Security and Police Index (WISPI) was proposed by Dr. Mamdooh Abdelmottlep and was designed and constructed by experts, researchers, and scholars from different countries worldwide. The WISPI is composed of indicators designed to be applied on 127 countries in collaboration with International Police Science Association (IPSA) and Australia- based Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP.

World Internal Security & Police Index (WISPI) is composed of many indicators and a wide range of qualitative and quantitative data intended to rank countries according to states of internal security. The index also measures the ability of police institutions worldwide to render effective security services as well as measuring the public's confidence in such services; rates of fear of crime; rates of crime victims and the indicators of police operations and activities.

The index is scheduled to be launched on an annual basis under the supervision of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), and International Police Science Association (IPSA), and to ensure neutrality and credibility and gain international accreditation for the index; IEP will work independently on the index with direct supervision from IPSA.

The task assumed by IEP in collaboration with Sharjah Police and IPSA includes the introduction of the index; defining its scope; designing of an international security index that governs standards of security initiatives; a collection of data from 127 countries; carrying out benchmarking; determination of time series; formation of the database; testing the robustness of the index and carrying out continuous improvements of the index.  

The index has also a dedicated web page that includes interactive maps, and the web page is updated annually. Internationally, we only find the Global Peace Index which was launched in accordance with Geneva Protocol, and the Global Terrorism Index and both of the said indices do not measure internal security states: they focus on violence cases in countries instead.  There is also a host of local indices for internal security that measures peacefulness within the country and focuses on outcome rather than input. Examples of such local indices are United States Peace Index (USPI), United Kingdom Peace Index (UKPI), and Mexico Peace Index (MPI). And therefore, Dr. Mamdooh invented the international index for internal security.

IEP is the world's leading think tank dedicated to developing metrics to analyses peace and to quantify its economic value. It has an intensive experience in the arena of index and indicators' design and construction: it released Global Peace and Global Terrorism indexes as well as a host of local indices such as the United States Peace Index (USPI); United Kingdom Peace Index (UKPI) and Mexico Peace Index (MPI).  It was ranked in the top 15 most impactful think tanks in the world on the Global Go To Think Tank Index. IEP is a non-governmental organization accredited by the UN and has consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

IPSA is a Nonprofit, NGO aiming to promote policing through the adoption of scientific initiatives such as translation of security books into Arabic and English languages; holding annual conferences, and awarding an international prize in police research.

The researchers team assigned with the implementation of the index have excluded all indicators or information gained from sources (institutions, corporations, etc.) with political affiliations in a bid to keep the index more scientific and professional so that it reflects the true security state in each country.

We hope that the new index further boosts IPSA's role in encouraging other countries to enhance their internal security; protect the community against crime and compete positively in this regard.