Wednesday, 02 November 2011 13:59

Website highlights police performance

Written by  Ruralcity Media
Website highlights police performance

RURAL residents can now compare their local police performance with other forces at the click of a mouse.

Members of the public can look up performance categories including crime rates, quality of service and victim satisfaction and compare all 43 police forces in England and Wales via

Communities can also access information on offences of public disorder and possession of weapons, shoplifting, criminal damage and arson, theft and drugs recorded on every street.

This information on offence rates has been published as part of the government's commitment to drive greater transparency across the criminal justice system, said police minister Nick Herbert.

Communities will be able to look up levels of crime and antisocial behaviour in their area which they can use to hold their local police, and in time their elected police and crime commissioner, to account in a meaningful way.

Minister for policing and justice Nick Herbert said: "Our crime mapping website has attracted phenomenal interest since its launch earlier this year with more than 430 million hits to date.

"We want to build on this success and deliver a more transparent and accountable criminal justice system.

"The addition of further crime categories and easy access to police force performance data will give people the information and power they need to hold their local forces to account and ensure that crime in their area is driven down."

Crime mapping was just one way the government was empowering communities and strengthening the link between the police and the public, said Mr Herbert.

The government was also working on a number of further improvements to the site which would be brought forward by the end of the year.

These included the provision of more specific crime and antisocial behaviour location information.

At present crimes were mapped to an anonymous point (called a 'snap-point') on a street with 12 or more postal addresses, said Mr Herbert.

"We want to reduce this threshold and publish crime information for key locations such as football stadiums, parks and supermarkets so that the public has access to an even greater level of information about crime and antisocial behaviour which might impact on their day to day life."

By May 2012, the public would also be able to see what had happened after a crime had been reported to the police and track its progress through the criminal justice system.

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