https://data.blog.gov.uk/2013/07/01/the-launch-of-data-police-uk/

The launch of data.police.uk

Today, we are delighted to announce the launch of our new ‘hub’ for all of our open data – data.police.uk.

Following best practice and principles set out by the Open Data Institute, we’ve made a number of improvements to the way in which we provide data and information, which include:

-       The ability to easily customise crime and justice data downloads, as well as functionality to bulk download large amounts of data, and personalise results by a range of geographical areas.

-       Improvements to our archiving process, including providing a full history of all change logs backdated to January 2013.

-       Improved documentation for our application programming interface (API); including information on data provenance, quality assurance, anonymisation and information about how to get in touch.

-       The provision of a ‘roadmap’ – providing information about forthcoming changes to Police.uk

Data User Group

As well as our forum, we’ve also recently set up a Data User Group.  If you’re interested in discussing data issues with us, receiving notifications of upcoming developments, sharing with us your ideas and how you’ve used the data, or suggesting any improvements then please click the option to register your interest.

You can visit our forum here and a thread providing further details on these changes has been posted here.

New Crime Categories

On Friday, we announced new crime categories available on Police.uk; bicycle theft, theft from the person, public order and possession of weapons. Also, violent crime was renamed to violence and sexual offences.

These categories will now be available to download in CSV file and query in the API.  A thread detailing these changes is here and a link to the Home Office news story is here.