Crime statistics are well used and highly valued across the UK by people and organisations inside and outside of government. Producer organisations’ resources are stretched at a time when information needs are increasingly complex. This meeting brought together representatives from the UK’s main crime statistics producer organisations. Its aim was to explore opportunities to share information and facilitate joint working to help ensure that crime statistics keep up with ever-changing developments in the real world. We heard that meetings to discuss technical ‘nuts and bolts’ issues take place as the need arises and are highly valued. However, opportunities to hold similar conversations about more strategic issues are rarer, and welcome. There will continue to be changes to technology and society that crime statistics need to reflect and we encourage producer organisations across the UK to make opportunities to meet regularly and at a strategic level.
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