National police statistics should be released once a month, and not when they are six months out of date, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) has said.
“Police update crime statistics every 24 hours. We only get it after it’s been outdated,” said Gareth Newham, head of governance, crime and justice at the ISS today.
“If you could get it once a month … communities could see what’s happening in their neighbourhoods and start acting without the help of police.”
He said this would take a “massive burden” away from the police.
“Right now, people have no clue what’s happening in their areas.”
Newham said the decision not to release the statistics once a month was a political decision.
He said Cabinet had changed the previous policy from once every quarter to annually.
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