Dr Jacqui Karn, Senior Research and Development Officer at the Police Foundation, provided advice to the Policy Studies Institute (PSI) for their project 'Perceptions of the Police and Crime Mapping Trailblazers' carried out on behalf of the Home Office.
The crime mapping service for England and Wales has been providing the public with information about crime and policing at a local level since 2009. Subsequently, the current government extended this service to provide crime data at street level (launched in January 2011) in addition to information about justice outcomes alongside crime data.
In order to further develop these commitments, trailblazer sites were identified to trial new initiatives. The research explored the implementation of, and public engagement with, the activities taking place in the trailblazer sites.