Thank you so much for your responses, really appreciate it!
In terms of the scientific applications of this package, I don't have one specifically in mind, but I think this would be of benefit to social science researchers, health policy, and public health, and it could be combined with other existing datasets.
My motivation for writing this packages was that I needed a real-world dataset with longitude and latitude to test out a maximum coverage optimisation model package I'm making, copertura (which I think I'm going to rename
maxcovr), as I (unfortunately) cannot share the data I am using. I saw that there was this really great API for the police data, and it seemed like a good opportunity.
I'm convinced that this package is a good idea, and whilst I really want the package to benefit from the rich infrastructure and community in rOpenSci, I understand that this package might be better off under another group such as rOpenGov.
Would it be appropriate for me to still ask questions about this package development if it is not part of rOpenSci?
Thanks again everyone for your input,