For the first time the public will be able to track online what happened after a crime was committed in their neighbourhood, with new data published on the government’s crime mapping website today (Thursday 31 May).
In the next stage of development of the groundbreaking website Police.uk, residents will not only be able to access street level crime data but also see what action the local police have taken as a result. The site will also start to show whether offenders went to court, increasing transparency in the criminal justice system.
Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice Nick Herbert said:
The public don’t just want to know what crime is being committed in their local area; they want to know what is being done about it. Did the person who smashed a shop window get arrested? Has the person stealing from the local newsagents been caught and sent to court? The Police.uk site is helping to revolutionise the way the police and the wider criminal justice system are held to account by making this information available at the touch of a button. It will help drive up performance and allow the public to make informed choices in the upcoming elections for Police and Crime Commissioners.
The additions to the site come after the public showed a huge appetite for more information on every aspect of crime in their area, with more than 47 million visits on Police.uk since it launched in January 2011. Police.uk has already undergone a series of innovative updates, providing the public with more criminal justice information than ever before. This includes mapping crimes at points of interest including supermarkets and nightclubs, introducing new crime categories such as shoplifting and increasing accuracy by placing crimes to within eight postcodes instead of 12.
Sue Leffers, Wiltshire Police Head of Operational Support Services, said ‘We very much welcome the development of justice outcomes on the police.uk website. It is a huge step forward in providing the public with the most detailed transparent information and means that, for the first time ever, people will be able to easily access street-level information about a crime, what action the police has taken and, in many areas, the court outcome.
To find out more visit http://www.police.uk/