The government’s website, police.uk, which contains raw data on crime in the country, has been improved in order to enable the public to search for crime information in their local area, receive email alerts when updates of their interest are added, and maybe even view mug shots of convicts, following a Home Office survey that concluded that the website was not useful.
According to Damian Green, the police minister: “Tools like ‘Compare Your Area’ will ensure the public has detailed information at their fingertips…. The millions who have visited the website show the public’s thirst for greater transparency across the whole criminal justice system.”
However, the Home Office study criticised the initiative, which has cost £500,000 so far, saying that “more information is not always desirable and can be counter-productive… There is a danger that initiatives will lose public support if their relevance is unclear, particularly given the current climate of austerity.”
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