Serious Violence Dashboard

Working with Thames Valley Police’s Service Improvement Team, the Violence Reduction Unit have designed a new tool to help officers and staff tackle serious violence across the Thames Valley.

This interactive dashboard is a powerful data visualisation tool created by the Violence Reduction Unit (VRU), Service Improvement and the Data Enablers Programme. It allows users to rapidly understand where serious violence is happening and target these hotspot locations for patrols or problem solving activity.

The dashboard is already proving a valuable resource across the force and has helped plan and deliver a number of operations, and is in daily use under Operation Rasure.

PS Jade Hewitt, Violence Reduction Unit: “The Serious Violence Dashboard is really good to be able to use for hotspot patrols, and help LPAs with directed patrolling. Ultimately we need to know do you turn left or right out of the police station, and this dashboard helps to answer that.”

DCI Lewis Prescott-Mayling of the Violence Reduction Unit: “Knife Crime and Serious Violence for clear reasons remains a force priority as it devastates lives and our communities. The team has worked extremely hard to develop this in a way that it can drive operational business in this crime area. We can now focus activity on hotspots and hot people for focused deterrence or diversion for individuals at risk. This is also just the start, we have other data visualisation in development around stop and search and injury data from South Central Ambulance and Emergency Departments soon.”