Policing is changing through challenges and opportunities presented by technology, the mix of crimes that police deal with, the many non-crime related demands on police time and the complex problems they come across that need multi-agency responses. There is a story to tell about how policing is changing and we want to know how well statistics and data help to tell that story to inform public debate. If statistics and data do not do this coherently, the public debate risks being too narrowly focused on single headline stories like cuts in police spending or police screening-out crimes. More importantly it reduces the public’s ability to participate in democratic debate.
Our aim through this work is to increase the value of statistics and data on policing to improve public debate. Ultimately, we want to see statistics and data that better support the public’s need for information about policing, increase transparency and improve accountability of elected representatives.
We are starting with a review that will explore the demands on the police, the available statistics on policing and the public debate about policing across the UK. We want to understand how statistics might be improved to better support public debate on policing and what might prevent this happening. If you have specialist knowledge in this area we would be pleased to hear your views.
|Aim of our work||To increase the value of statistics on policing to improve public debate on this topic|
|What we want to achieve||Statistics that better support the public’s need for information about policing, increase transparency and improve accountability of elected representatives|
|Our study||Our study investigates whether available statistics tell the public what the police are doing, including how policing is changing and the effect this has on resourcing. In the absence of statistics that tell the story of policing coherently and convincingly, the public will be uninformed and their ability to participate in democratic debate will be reduced|
|What we will investigate||Policing and the demands that are placed on the police||Recent public debate about the police||Statistics that describe aspects of policing||Obstacles that prevent statistics better informing the public debate|
|Evidence gathering||Interviews with police leaders and others with insight into policing and demand placed on the police||Analysis of media stories||Analysis of available statistics||Interviews with statistics producers, decision makers in government, and with police leaders and others with insight into police data|
|Review of published reports and attending events||Interviews with journalists and other intermediaries in public debate||Analysis of media stories||Review of published reports and attending events|