Disclosure Details

Arrests - 931/14

Dated: 25 Nov 2014

Date of request:      07/11/14

Date of response:     25/11/14

Provision of informati11 held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated 7 November 2014 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

  I would like to request the following information under Freedom of Information laws

For the calendar year 2014 so far, the number of people aged 65 or over who have been arrested by your force. For each of these people, I would like to know: 
a) the date they were arrested
b) their age
c) the crime they were arrested on suspicion of
d) whether they were male or female
e whether they were charged 
f) some locator for the arrest - ideally the full address, or alternatively the longitude/latitude data used for the public police.uk maps. Should this level of data be considered unacceptable & potentially subject to redaction, I would accept some less specific locator, such as partial postcode 'M1', 'E1', 'CF15', etc, or local authority/town/city, or police division. I'd like the locator to be as specific as possible, so I'd prefer postcode to local authority, and local authority to police division.

In response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

  Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Corporate Development Department of Northumbria Police.
I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

The information given in this response  is based on the number of arrests of people aged 65 or over for the period January - October 2014 not the number of people arrested.

The reason for counting the number of arrests is that in part b you could have people being counted twice, ie; January they are aged 69 and in February they are aged 70, so would be counted once in the group 65-69 and then again in the group 70-74.

With the above in mind please see the below attached which answers your request in full.

Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another.  Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data.  For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.

How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure which can be found at: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.


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