Greater transparency is at the heart of the government’s commitment to open up and allow the public to hold it, and local services, to account.
The national crime mapping website, Police.uk, is key to achieving this by providing street-level crime and anti-social behaviour data.
Building on the success of Police.uk, trailblazer areas are exploring how to take transparency across crime, policing and justice even further and faster. These projects encompass a wide range of exciting and innovative work that is helping to change the way in which the public engage with the police and access crime information and data. This work is being taken forward with the full support of the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice and the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA).
Below is a brief summary of the work the trailblazers are doing and how you can find further information:
Avon and Somerset
Avon and Somerset’s TrackMyCrime case tracking system allows victims of crime to follow the progress of the investigation into their crime as well as contact the investigating officer.
TrackMyCrime will not replace speaking to a police officer in person, rather it gives victims more choice about how and when they receive information from their local police. The system provides a faster and more efficient service sending the victim automatic alerts via text or email whenever the police computer system is updated. A number of police forces have already signed-up to using the system.
Visit TrackMyCrime for more information.
Community Safety Partnerships in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight have launched a Crime reports website. It provides automated daily crime and incident data from the police and fire service that is current, relevant and accurate, to allow residents to take timely and appropriate action to prevent themselves from being a victim of crime.
Working with the Information Commissioners Office the project is assessing the provision of crime/incident location accurate pins on a map to provide accurate information balanced against the privacy of individuals regarding crime in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
The Surrey Police Beat mobile phone application, available to download from Police.uk, enables the public to see what their local neighbourhood police teams are working on, to vote on local priorities, and allows officers to tweet on the beat.
Visit the police apps page on Police.uk to download surrey police beat.
Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and West Yorkshire
Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and West Yorkshire have used their expertise to inform and support the delivery of a prime ministerial commitment on publishing police actions and justice outcomes on Police.uk.
In addition, we are currently piloting West Yorkshire’s In The Dock initiative on Police.uk, which provides the public with images of convicted criminals along with a short summary of their crime and sentence.
Dyfed-Powys and South Wales
Dyfed-Powys and South Wales are piloting a newsletter template that allows neighbourhood policing teams to update and engage their local community.
Greater Manchester Police
Greater Manchester Police are piloting the Airwave radio system rather than filling in paper forms to record encounters. The system is expected to lead to faster interaction times, cost savings, reduced bureaucracy, greater transparency and more accurate recording.
To provide local communities with accessible information about police operations, the Home Office is working with Greater Manchester Police to explore how this could be mapped online.
Humberside Probation Trust
To break new ground by featuring ‘storyboards’ following the day-to-day experience of Community Payback on the Probation Trust website. By working closely with local neighbourhood action groups (NAGs), police, council authorities and community groups, crime hot spots could be directly identified and tackled and reparation assured by means of this project.
North Yorkshire Police want to build on and enhance their innovative existing “Caught on Camera” scheme which shows CCTV images of suspects and witnesses involved in a crime on their website and social media channels. Their bid proposes to map the images of suspects on to Police.uk against the location of the incident. Outstanding suspects could then be identified by a ‘captive audience’ with local knowledge, empowering local communities.