Last week I had a chat with Simon Whitehouse, who’s currently working for the Open Data Institute, leading their Crime and Justice Immersion programme. The blurb for these programmes is ‘working with developers, data owners within and outside government and other interested parties to help establish some substantial and sustainable open data projects.’
They have already had their first session where the three crime and justice challenges for the upcoming months were agreed. The challenges ask how we can use open data to:
- increase community involvement with the criminal justice system?
- create further evidence for what are effective interventions for rehabilitation?
- address the rise in personal crime?
I’m really excited to see what comes out of this work, and I’d encourage any interested developers, designers etc to take a look.
On a similar note, I’m looking forward to attending Hack the Police, at the end of April, which is being run by a group of front-line officers from the Metropolitan Police.