Home Office Research Report 67 examines five ‘Trailblazer’ initiatives which aimed to provide the public with further information on policing.
The research involved interviews with key staff involved and focus groups with members of the public to explore their views and opinions on the initiatives.
The research highlights considerable public curiosity, and to an extent an appetite, for crime and criminal justice information. However a key message from the research was that providing more information should not be an end in itself. Information needs to be relevant, useable, of high quality and tailored to suit its purpose, whether that is crime prevention or holding the police to account.