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We're crime and justice specialists – equal parts research, strategy and communication.

Read our Head of Strategy & Insight Danny Shaw reflect on the five key themes of the most-high profile policing conference in the calendar: the joint annual Summit of the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) – which Crest had a part in planning.

Police forces and tech companies, devolved authorities and public inquiries all play a part in building a safer, more secure society. As the UK’s only consultancy with a crime and justice focus, we’re as much of a blend as the sector itself. We research the big issues or dig into an organisation’s data. We consult with them to assess their demand or understand the policies, then define a strategy. We communicate (and help them communicate) the message to the wider world.

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Modelling demand across police, council and health services

 

How our analysis helped a force to cope with rising demand and shrinking budgets, by measuring the impact of mental health, missing children and anti social behaviour and by making recommendations on moving towards a more preventative, joined up approach with local partners.

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Developing a strategic needs assessment for youth justice

 

To help West Midlands Combined Authority cope with changing demand and shrinking resources, we analysed and flow and needs of offenders aged 10-17, and devised a new strategic approach to improve collaboration between the justice, education and mental health services across seven local authorities.

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Developing a communications strategy and new messaging

 

We co-created with the Parole Board a new communications framework and evidence-based messaging, to improve public understanding of how it made decisions and to increase trust and confidence among key stakeholders following a period of intense scrutiny from media and partners.

Crest Advisory’s consultancy work is paid for by public sector organisations, including police forces, devolved authorities and other justice agencies, and their private sector partners. We provide strategy, communications and governance support to public inquiries, inquests and other independent or arms-length bodies which are funded by government. Our independent think-tank work is supported by charitable foundations and trusts who fund specific pieces of research and are identified in the reports we publish.

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