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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

January 6, 2009: Neighbourhood Crime Mapping Goes Live

Neighbourhood crime maps are now up and running on all 43 police force websites. They provide an informed picture of crime trends. The maps also allow readers to see how local crime fighting partnerships address local concerns.

The information provided is broken down into neighbourhood chunks, and includes locations of burglaries, robberies, thefts, vehicle crimes, violent crimes and anti-social behaviour.

These maps help to put crime into local context. Reading national and regional crime figures can be be confusing, and it si helpful to see specific evidence about what is happening in a particular locality or area.

Home Office Minister Vernon Coaker said research found that most people wanted more information about crimes near where they live or work:

'By empowering people with this information they are able to engage more with their neighbourhood policing teams,' he said. I am sure this will lead to an even more responsive and effective police, thoroughly in tune with people’s needs.

'As a result, crime mapping can help ensure people’s voices are heard when police set crime fighting priorities.'

Neil Rhodes, from the Association of Chief Police Officers, said mapping crime has long helped forces to keep an eye on crime trends:

'For many years, all forces have mapped crimes and incidents to help them focus investigations, analyse hot spots and tackle crime vigorously.'

'The information now on the forces’ websites has a different, more community-focused perspective, and means the public can now look at crime levels in their community simply by putting their postcode into their local police force’s website.'

'Forces will continue to work hard to provide the public with the very best information, with more facts to help them understand what is happening in their area and reassure them of what is being done to make them safer.'

Welsh forces, and those in the East Midlands region of England (Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire), have chosen to map collaboratively.

This means that anyone interested in one of those police force areas can explore crime levels in adjoining areas at the click of a mouse.

Crime mapping is a key part of the national policing pledge to which all forces have now committed. The pledge sets basic national standards and commitments to police response times, neighbourhood policing and working with local residents on crime priorities.