Crime and Justice

Our interest in crime and justice statistics is broad – put simply it includes any statistics that are about crime or about justice. It starts with crime and includes the people and organisations affected by or involved in crime. It extends to the justice system – including civil and family justice – and the people and organisations within it. It also includes statistics on the general public’s perceptions of crime and justice.

We published our review of crime and justice statistics across the UK in April 2017 and subsequently published the international report that formed part of the review. We are now looking at justice statistics – including civil and family justice – in more detail.

Coming out of last year’s work, we held a series of roundtable discussions with producer organisations to explore how collaboration across the different UK administrations and data sharing between organisations can further increase the value of these statistics. We will publish an update on this work in summer 2018.

We recently confirmed the National Statistics status of statistics from the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey. And we awarded National Statistics status to new statistics from the Crime Survey for England and Wales on Fraud and Computer Misuse for the first time. We have agreed with the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency that we will begin assessing the Northern Ireland Crime Survey in March 2018.

We will continue our dialogue with the Office for National Statistics about progress on improving the quality of police recorded crime statistics.

Contact: Pat MacLeod or Catherine Bromley

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