Dec 15, 2017
The use of ambulance data for crime reduction is a form of injury surveillance. Under this practice, data for assault-based injuries is shared with police and Community Safety Partnerships to help them identify where violent crime is taking place, which allows police to target their resources to reduce offending. This guidance is aimed at those who do not currently use ambulance data, or wish to extend their use of ambulance data.
The use of ambulance data for crime reduction is a form of injury surveillance. Under this practice, data for assault-based injuries is shared with the police and Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) to help them identify where violent crime is taking place, which in turn allows police to target their resources to reduce violent offending.
Emergency Department (ED) data have been shown to help police identify violent crime that goes unreported to police, and aid in problem-solving activities that have demonstrably reduced violence. Ambulance data are a parallel data source that can also be used to the same ends, but its utility has not been explored to the same extent as ED data.
This guidance is aimed at those interested in violence reduction and who do not currently use ambulance data, or wish to extend their current use of ambulance data. It is based on the knowledge of practitioners who are currently involved in sharing ambulance data, research into the uses of these data in the UK and internationally and expert opinion. It identifies a number of potential uses of ambulance data as well as common issues associated with the sharing and use of this information.
Introduction to the guidance
Building and maintaining data-sharing partnerships
Understanding the basic ambulance datasets
How might ambulance data be used for violence prevention?
WMAS data requested
Resources for setting up ambulance data sharing
How to make using ambulance data easier
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