North Yorkshire Police Launch New Crime Tracking Data
10:11am 31st May 2012
(Updated 10:13am 31st May 2012)
For the first time people in North Yorkshire and the City of York will be able to track online what happened after a crime was committed in their neighbourhood, with the introduction of new data published on the government's crime mapping website today.
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.
Temporary Chief Constable Tim Madgwick, of North Yorkshire Police, said:
"I fully support greater transparency in the police service and the criminal justice system as a whole, therefore innovations such as the crime mapping website are very much welcomed."
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