Harassment - 194/17
Dated: 28 Mar 2017
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')
Thank you for your e mail dated 18 February 2017 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 at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.
1. Could you provide me with the number of allegations of harassment reported to your police force in 2016 where the victim has an occupation recorded as 'teacher' on your systems?
2. For each allegation, could you then state whether the suspect was recorded as a 'student' or a 'teacher'?
3. For each allegation, state whether it resulted in an arrest.
4. The outcomes of each of those arrests.
5. Could I have the same information for 2014 and 2015.
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 within Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police however cannot be disclosed for the following reasons.
The information requested is not held in a format that allows full retrieval within the time constraints. As we have estimated that to extract this information would take over the permitted 18 hours, Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act would apply. This section does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimated that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit of 18 hours, equating to £450.00
You should consider this to be a refusal notice under Section 17 of the Act for your request.
Although excess cost removes Northumbria Police's obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, as a gesture of goodwill I have supplied information below, relative to your request, retrieved or available before it was realised that the fees limit would be exceeded. I trust this is helpful, but it does not affect our legal right to rely on the fees regulations for the remainder of your request.
The results provided below are limited to the occupation of the victim and offender actually being recorded on our crime recording system.
Where the offender occupation has been recorded as 'unknown' in this FOI, it could be because a) we don't know who the offender is or b) the occupation was not recorded.
Where the offender occupation has been recorded as 'other', it is neither teacher or student.
1. There are 44 offences under the category 'harassment', recorded in 2016, where the occupation of the victim has been stated as teacher.
2. There are 5 crimes where the offender was an ex-student; 12 crimes where the offenders' occupation was 'other' and 27 crimes where the occupation of the offender was 'unknown.
3. Four offences resulted in an arrest.
4. Three arrests resulted in a caution and one with a charge.
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.