Monday, 30 August 2010

Wildlife Crime

Heres a challenge to the National Police Web Managers from @Pigsonthewing via Twitter.

@Pigsonthewing has issued a blog appeal for all forces to provide some information about the role of their Wildlife Crime Officers on the police websites. Through some collaborative work via Google Docs, @pigsonthewing has compiled a spreadsheet of the forces showing those which have information about Wildlife Crime and those who do not. It appears that 29 force sites do have information about Wildlife Crime Officers and 22 do not.

Apart from the obvious possibility that some forces don't actually have any Wildlife Crime Officers, it seems strange that there is an almost 50:50 split between those that do and those that don't. Are there any common elements which are provided and which could be adopted as 'standard data' for all forces in due course? As well as providing a 'full-set' of pages throughout the country, we could go further and provide a dataset in the appropriate formats - perhaps as simple as a list of officers' names and contact details. One learning point here which @pigsonthewing rightly points out is that although XML/RSS is the way to provide datasets we could also provide the same data as .CSV format.

Those forces listed with Wildlife Crime links:

Cambridgeshire Constabulary

Cheshire Constabulary

Cumbria Constabulary

Derbyshire Constabulary

Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary

Dorset Police

Dyfed-Powys Police

Fife Constabulary

Gloucestershire Constabulary Crime/item4113.html

Greater Manchester Police

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Gwent Police - Heddlu Gwent

Hampshire Constabulary

Hertfordshire Constabulary

Kent Police

Lancashire Constabulary

Lothian and Borders Police

Leicestershire Constabulary

Lincolnshire Police

Merseyside Police

Metropolitan Police Service

Norfolk Constabulary

Northern Constabulary

North Yorkshire Police

Police Service of Northern Ireland

Strathclyde Police

Surrey Police

Tayside Police

Thames Valley Police

Warwickshire Police


  1. Many thanks for publicising this.

    Andy Mabbett

  2. Nice follow up to @pigsonthewing's article.

    What appears most interesting is that this specific example demonstrates that you chaps at National Police Web Managers Group have the capacity to produce a PNG graphic to overlay this data.

    If you could provide the boundaries that you have used in KML or another suitable format, the inevitable desire for reuse with other open data about the Police Forces could be satisfied.

    Good work.

    Kindest regards,

    David Pidsley

  3. Just dropped Sasha a tweet re: my last request regarding UK Police Forces KML boundaries.

  4. Hi David

    Tweets in relation to OS boundary data... Will download and see if these match force boundaries.


    OrdnanceSurvey Ordnance Survey
    @Sasha_Taylor where are the boundaries from? If they're via OS OpenData they're free to use
    14 Oct Favorite Retweet Reply

    Sasha_Taylor Sasha Taylor
    @OrdnanceSurvey thanks will look at this. Am assuming boundaries were drawn using OS maps a source point. Would these still be ok to use?
    14 Oct Favorite Retweet Reply

    @OrdnanceSurvey Ordnance Survey
    @Sasha_Taylor that's right. All available under CC compatible licensing, you just need to credit us. Any problems, just shout.