The value of crime and justice statistics

Crime and justice is changing and we think it is important that the statistics continue to reflect the real world; undoubtedly there are challenges to doing this. In our review of the Public value of crime and justice statistics in the UK we identified a need for statistics that join-up across the system, yet the separation of government and organisations, particularly in England and Wales, means that this is not always the case. And we think that more work could be done across the UK so that crime statistics achieve similar public value in all administrations.

We have started conversations between producer organisations to explore some of these issues through two roundtable discussions. The first was with producer organisations across the UK and looked at increasing value by sharing information. The second was with producer organisations covering England and Wales and looked at increasing value through sharing and linking data.

Our previous work

In our work on crime and justice statistics we have a strong record of publicly challenging the status quo in crime statistics, in the trust that the public can have in crime statistics and the quality of the underlying data. We broadened our view to consider the value that crime and justice statistics bring to public debate, starting with a crime and justice statistics seminar in London in 2015 to gather expert views on how crime and justice statistics might extend their value.

During 2016 we added to our knowledge through:

  • one-to-one conversations with academics and people who interpret crime and justice statistics for a wider audience
  • a commissioned international review of leading-edge developments in crime and justice statistics
  • mapping the existing landscape of crime and justice statistics across the UK
  • regular contact with producers, following public dialogue and reading academic and methodological papers to keep abreast of topical issues and understand areas of concern

Our view on the Public value of crime and justice statistics was formed out of this ongoing activity.

If you are interested in contributing to our work or would like to receive an alert as more information becomes available, please get in touch.

 

Contact for more information:

Pat MacLeod
pat.macleod@statistics.gov.uk
020 7592 8657

Statistics on the Operation of Police Powers under the Terrorism Act 2000 and Subsequent Legislation (Home Office)

This is one of a series of reports prepared under the provisions of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 . The Act allows an appropriate authority to request an assessment of official statistics against the Code of Practice for Official Statistics in order for them to gain National Statistics status. This report is in response to such a request. The report covers the set of statistics reported in Operation of police powers under the Terrorism Act 2000 and subsequent legislation: arrests, outcomes and stops and searches, for Great Britain (Terrorism Statistics) produced by the Home Office.

Section 3 of this report adopts an ‘exception reporting’ approach – it includes text only to support the Requirements made to strengthen compliance with the Code and Suggestions made to improve confidence in the production, management and dissemination of these statistics. This abbreviated style of report reflects the Head of Assessment’s consideration of aspects of risk and materiality. The Assessment team nonetheless assessed compliance with all parts of the Code of Practice and has commented on all those in respect of which some remedial action is recommended.

This report was prepared by the Authority’s Assessment team, and approved by the Assessment Committee on behalf of the Board of the Statistics Authority, based on the advice of the Head of Assessment. . The Assessment team nonetheless assessed compliance with all parts of the Code of Practice and has commented on all those in respect of which some remedial action is recommended.


Letter of Confirmation as National Statistics

Publishing statistical reports at 9.30am – Home Office

Protocol 2 Practice 4 of the Code of Practice for Official Statistics provides for statistical reports to be published at 9.30am on a weekday.

The Home Office has told us that it is not always possible to publish its statistical reports on Scientific Procedures on Living Animals at 9.30am because the laying of this document before Parliament is a statutory obligation laid down in section 21(7) of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986, and it is not always possible to arrange a publication date that coincides with dates when the report can be laid before Parliament at 9.30am.

The Authority has confirmed that in these specific circumstances it is acceptable, instead, for the Home Office to publish these statistics at 10am.

Police Statistics in England and Wales

This is one of a series of reports prepared under the provisions of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007. The Act requires all statistics currently designated as National Statistics to be assessed against the Code of Practice for Official Statistics. The report covers the police statistics reported in the following National Statistics publications produced by the Home Office:

  • Police Powers and Procedures England and Wales (Police Powers);
  • Police Service Strength England and Wales (Police Strength Annual and Update);
  • Seizures of Drugs in England and Wales (Seizures); and
  • Firearm Certificates in England and Wales (Certificates).

Section 3 of this report adopts an ‘exception reporting’ approach – it includes text only to support the Requirements made to strengthen compliance with the Code and Suggestions made to improve confidence in the production, management and dissemination of these statistics. This abbreviated style of report reflects the Head of Assessment’s consideration of aspects of risk and materiality. The Assessment team nonetheless assessed compliance with all parts of the Code of Practice and has commented on all those in respect of which some remedial action is recommended.

This report was prepared by the Authority’s Assessment team, and approved by the Board of the Statistics Authority on the advice of the Head of Assessment.


Related downloads

Letter of Confirmation as National Statistics

Letter of Confirmation as National Statistics (2)

Letter of Confirmation as National Statistics (3)