Disclosure Details

Crimes - 031/13

Dated: 31 Jan 2013

Date of request:     09/01/2013

Date of response:   30/01/13

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

Thank you for your email dated 9 Jnauary 2013 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: 

  1. I would like the number of police patrols in Sunderland on a monthly basis. I would like the latest figures, so 2012 if these are the latest,
    and the figures for 2011.  By police patrols I mean police patrols of the streets, whether on foot or car or horse.

  2. I would also like the same, monthly figures, from 2012 and 2011 as to the amount of street crime committed in Sunderland.  By street crime, I mean crimes reported that have happened on the street. Purses / bags / mobile phones stolen, people who have been caught dealing on the street, people caught urinating or defecating in public etc. In other words people who have been caught committing crimes on the street.

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 both Sunderland Area Command and the Corporate Development Department of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held in part by Northumbria Police.

I have today decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

  1. No information held. We do not collate the number of police patrols and there is no requirement for us to do so.

  2. See below attached which answers this part of your request.

Please note: Northumbria Police is committed to maintaining visible policing services as delivered by 24/7 response, neighbourhood teams, Police Community Support Officers (Patrol) and the detectives who support our communities.

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 crime 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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