Disclosure Details

Harassment - 112/13

Dated: 18 Feb 2013

Date of request:      04/02/13

Date of response:   15/02/13

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

Thank you for your email dated 4 February 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: 

- Harassment

How many crimes of harassment have been recorded by your police force over the past four years,  2009-2012  inclusive, that relate to the following search terms, mentioned specifically in  the  MO  description:

- Facebook
- Twitter
- Google Plus
- Bebo
- Blackberry

Please  could  you  give  me  the  number of incidents  by  calendar year, January 1 - December 31, for 2009, 2010, 2011and  2012.  In  other  words,  please  could  you  break down the number of incidents by year.

- Please  could  you  tell me which website or application was involved in each  incident  of  harassment. In other words, please state which of the following was involved in each incident:
- Facebook
- Twitter
- Google Plus
- Bebo
- Blackberry

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

Year Blackberry Facebook
2009 17
2010 25
2011 2 30
2012 1 24

 There were no crimes where Twitter, Google Plus or Bebo were mentioned

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.

Additionally, we can neither confirm nor deny that we hold any other information relevant to your request by virtue of the following exemption:
Section 23(5) Information relating to the Security bodies;
Section 23 is an absolute class-based exemption and therefore there is no requirement to conduct a harm or public interest test

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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