Police.uk and Data.police.uk: Developing Open Crime and Justice Data for the UK.


  • Amanda M Smith Open Data Institute




Open Government Data (OGD), open data, United Kingdom, Home Office, crime, police, national policing, crime data, Ministry of Justice, justice data, mapping, data hub, transparency, accountability.


In this paper we describe the evolution and development of the police.uk and data.police.uk sites, which publish open data about crime and justice in the UK, and make it accessible and comprehensible to the public. Police.uk has received over 64 million visits (754 million hits) since launching in January 2011. Open crime and justice data represents a key sector in the UK open data landscape, and citizens are keen to engage with the criminal justice system to become more informed about local levels of crime and other policing information. This paper sets out the policing context in the UK, discusses the journey in providing such open data, the processes involved and challenges encountered, and explores possible future developments.


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Author Biography

Amanda M Smith, Open Data Institute

Amanda is the Community Engagement Manager at the Open Data Institute. She is primarily responsible for managing our two EU funded FP7 research projects; DaPaaS (Data-and-Platform-as-a-Service) and ODM (OpenDataMonitor) and is the ODI’s lead for the Share-PSI project, thematic network of practitioners across Europe who exchange experience and ideas around implementing open data policies in the public sector. Before joining the ODI, Amanda worked in policing and government, and she holds a BA Hons in Criminology. She discovered her passion for open data when working with police forces throughout the country to release open crime and justice data, developing the national crime mapping website, Police.uk and its data site Data.police.uk. As a Staff Officer to a number of senior officers she has had responsibility for wide range of national policing portfolios. Amanda has been honoured with Chief Constable commendations 3 times in her career, including the successful delivery throughout England and Wales of the Neighbourhood Policing Programme.



How to Cite

Smith, A. M. (2014). Police.uk and Data.police.uk: Developing Open Crime and Justice Data for the UK. JeDEM - EJournal of EDemocracy and Open Government, 6(1), 87-96. https://doi.org/10.29379/jedem.v6i1.326



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