Disclosure Details

Drug Related Crime Data - 323/12

Dated: 07 Jun 2011

Date of request:  27/03/2012

Date of response:   25/04/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated  27 March 2012 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  submit this request for specific information regarding the drug-related crime  data  in  Northumbria Police area of responsibility. The information being  sought  relates  to  the  datasets gathered by various public safety bodies  in your area, as well as data gathered for any strategic crime data analysis  software.  This  information  is  sought  under  the  Freedom  of Information Act 2000 (FOIA 2000).

  1. Are  you  using  a  geographic  information  system  (or  similar  data management/analysis system) to support the work of your community safety partnership?

  2. What  depersonalised datasets are kept in relation to any/all software mentioned in question 1?

  3. What  is the geographic extent of your data collection for the purposes of the software in question 1?

Specific Crime Data for 2009/2010, broken down by Sector of Area Command:

  1. Broken down by Sector of Area Command, how  many  drug  related Stop and Search incidents  (regardless  of  outcome)  took  place in Northumbria? Please provide data sorted by age and ethnicity.
  2. How  many  of the Stop and Search incidents recorded in question 4, led to the detection of drugs (regardless  of  action taken by the authority subsequent to detection)?
  3. Broken down by Sector of Area Command, how many cannabis warnings were issued? Please provide data sorted by age and ethnicity.
  4. Broken down by Sector of Area Command, how many drug related cautions were issued?  Please  provide  data  sorted  by  age, ethnicity and drug class only ie A, B and C (not broken down into specific drug).
  5. Broken down by Sector of Area Command, how many drug related arrests were made?  Please  provide   data  sorted  by age, ethnicity and drug class only ie A, B and C (not broken down into specific drug).
  6. Broken down by Sector of Area Command, how many drug related reprimands and warnings were issued? Please provide data sorted by age, ethnicity and drug class only ie A, B and C (not broken down into specific drug).
  7. Broken down by Area Command, what is the total amount of drugs seized.  Please break this data down by type of drug seized.
  8. Broken down by Sector of Area Command, what is the number of detected sanctions for drug offences? Please sort the data by offence category."

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 Communications, Crime and Corporate Development Departments of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

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

After our advice to you regarding question 5 this part of your request was subsequently withdrawn.
The remainder of the request is as follows

1. Yes - we are referring to systems in use by analysts in support of the Community Safety Partnership.

2. All of our crime and incident records can be analysed by these tools and these source records are themselves geo-coded.  However, these records are not de-personalised. 

3. The geo-referencing on the records mentioned at 2 above is 12 figure grid reference (1 metre).

Note: depersonalised crime and ASB data is extracted from the source systems for use in CrimeMapper, which is for public use on the internet.  All data uploaded onto CrimeMapper is also available to anyone for download.  From the next upload of data (i.e. data for September 2011), the crime categories on CrimeMapper will be expanded to include a category specifically for drugs offences.

Please note The drug class is based on the classification system in operation in 2009/10. The sector given reflects the location of the offence. The age has been taken from the person's age at the time of the search, arrest or the time of their disposal.

The arrest and disposal data should be treated independently i.e. the drugs disposal data is not a list of the disposals from the drugs arrests. For example someone given a cannabis warning may have originally been arrested for a non-drugs related offence but found with cannabis on them when taken into custody. You may also have multiple disposals stemming from a single arrest.
With the above in mind please see the below spreadsheet for this part of your request.

10. Please see the document attached below which answers this part of your request. 

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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