The Code of Practice is clear that statistics add value when they support society’s need for information. Our interest in the importance of statistics and data in public discourse reflects that fundamental idea. The choice of policing for our first review examining statistics in public discourse reflects that policing and crime are never far from the public’s interest.
This paper is the result of discussions with various organisations with an interest in policing, statistics and media debate. Its purpose is to set an ambition that statistics can build on what’s produced to inform a better public conversation about policing.