Streatham Police Update

Recently Jane and I attended a course on Investigative Journalism with the London College of Communications. One aspect of the course was data journalism and the use of public, open source and government data to support reporting. This issue we will begin to use these shiny new skills in a practical way, both here in the magazine and on our website.

Although we have a superb relationship with out police team at their new Streatham HQ, we will use this space to update you on quarterly reporting and results of the police team in our area.

The police figures are only current up to the end of November, and we have been able to isolate the figures for Lambeth. We expect will be able to to narrow the scope down to Streatham by our next report.

This month in the magazine we will focus on results, but see this article on our website for a map of all offences committed in Lambeth during this past September, October and November. One thing we can say is that our police officers cannot be accused of being lazy. Having logged 11,485 offences over that time period, we bring you the following top line results from their efforts.

5724 cases were investigated but resulted in no suspect being identified. 1005 suspects were charged and are awaiting trial and 133 were tried and found not guilty. 7 suspects were sent to Crown Court, probably on more serious charges and 32 court cases were unable to proceed for various reasons. 111 people were sent to prison, 199 accepted a caution in lieu of being charged, 64 were given community sentences, 56 were given suspended prison sentences and 33 given conditional discharges. 

73 were fined under the law, 57 were ordered to pay penalty charge notices, 4 were ordered to pay compensation, 217 people were given drugs possession warnings and 78 issues were resolved locally without formal citations or, presumably, paperwork.

All in all, we can say our people in blue are putting in a good day’s work!

UPDATE: We have found the location data within the Metropolitan Police datasets seem to be inaccurate, or unable to be displayed properly in a visual mapping application. This Guardian link from 2010 may shed some light. We are following this up in a separate investigation, but are at present, unable to display mapping data accurately..We will report back on it.

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