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

At Crest we’ve been monitoring the public’s attitude towards the way the health emergency has been policed, through polling conducted by YouGov. We commissioned two surveys in April last year, near the start of the first lockdown, and a third, which was carried out among 1,566 adults on 13 and 14 January. Read more

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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Latest reports and insights

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.

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