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About us

Crest: equal parts, research, strategy and communication.

Founded in 2011, we are a team of crime and justice specialists. From police forces to public inquiries, from tech companies to devolved authorities, all these organisations (and more) have their own part to play in building a safer, more secure society. As the UK’s only consultancy with this focus, we’re as much of a blend as the crime and justice sector itself. For all the latest from Crest, see What we do.

We research the issues at hand - whether that’s to get a clearer picture of national or local trends, or to dig into an organisation’s data or audiences.

 

We consult with these organisations to model their demand, assess their performance or understand their policy landscape - then we take all this information and turn it into straightforward strategy.

 

We communicate this information clearly - to the sector, to media, to the public. In reports, in statements or in times of tough scrutiny.

Our values

At Crest we work as a team, believing in our values and using them to deliver outstanding results for our clients.

Credible

We are all experts and give informed, clear advice

Courageous

We are optimistic and see the opportunity in every situation

Challenging

We test convention, assumptions and outdated ways of working

Collaborative

We are loyal, kind and look after each other, our partners and our clients

 

Our expertise

Analytics

We know the power of data and its potential to help the justice system to develop better strategies, to measure performance and to drive accountability. From modelling police demand or building multi-agency dashboards, to diving deep into operational data to troubleshoot tricky challenges, our analysis gets answers you can trust and insights you can act on.

Strategy

Whether you’re reforming a justice service or planning a new one, adapting to circumstances or seeking to change them, the right strategy is key to success. From police and crime plans and youth justice reform to violence reduction and devolution, we help clients to clarify their objectives and determine the best way to achieve them.

Policy

Funded by trusts and charitable foundations, we research the big issues affecting crime and justice and develop evidence-based policy on behalf of the sector. Our approach is collaborative, with an emphasis on stakeholder engagement to ensure our recommendations are practical. We believe that taking a whole system approach and devolving power to local communities can help to build a safer society.

Messaging 

We help clients bring their strategies and plans to life through evidence-based scripts and narratives which resonate with audiences they want to influence and stand up to the toughest scrutiny. Using quantitative and qualitative research, collaborative workshops and our own sector insight and experience, we blend the winning arguments and positive proof points to create compelling key messages.

Communications

Getting a fair hearing is key to building trust and confidence in an organisations work. From public inquiries and inquests to tech companies and PCCs, we help clients communicate with stakeholders, customers and the public, by advising leadership teams on strategy and issues, by tracking media and online narratives, and by providing a flexible press office capacity and training.

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