Lab leader Jamie Whyte noted that it needed a bit of fiddling around to get it to work but;
It is now trivial for us to add in further geographical areas, and the partnership can now have access to the latest-available crime data about Trafford, without having to request it from Greater Manchester Police’s analyst.
The police. co. uk api is quite powerful but does need some tweaking as I found when I looked at it as part of some FOI/ Data Journalism training I was doing.
But the team haven’t stopped there. Once they had cracked it they did the decent thing and helped out their neighbours:
We figured that because it used to take us a long time, it would probably take others a long time too, so we made a version for all Wards in Greater Manchester. This really wasn’t very much extra effort, but probably worthwhile.
A nice touch.