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AEsOP (Applied Engagement for Community Participation) was created as part of the UNITY project. UNITY was funded by the European Commission as part of the Horizon 2020 programme for research and innovation under grant agreement number 653729, and was conceived with the intention to develop ICTs that facilitate strengthen and accelerate the communication between citizens and police.

Staying true to the vision of UNITY, with AEsOP we set out with the intention of developing an educational game to raise awareness of community policing within communities themselves. AEsOP provides the user with twelve scenarios, each of focusing on a different type of criminality. The game puts the user in the shoes of various community actors, including the police, allowing them to play through a range of interactive stories with branching decision paths to reveal how various types of citizen and community participation can help prevent and reduce the impact of local crime issues. The game uses mechanics borrowed from the 2D-adventure game genre and the narrative storytelling approach used by interactive graphic novels. Making use of rich hand-illustrated art, we hope to ensure AEsOP is approachable for all.





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