Disclosure Details

Investigations - 519/12

Dated: 07 Jun 2011

Date of request:      19/06/2012

Date of response:   29/06/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated  19th June 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 am writing to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act for information relating to the number of crimes reported to your police force which are marked "not for further investigation".  Specifically, I would like to know the following:
For each of the following years – 2011/12, 2010/11 and 2009/10

  1. How many crimes in total were reported to your police force?

  2. How many of these crimes are subsequently marked "not for further investigation"?

If possible please provide a breakdown of the crimes marked "not for further investigation" by type of crime.

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 decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

Northumbria Police investigate crimes in line with the National Crime Recording Standards and follow a set process.

Where there is to be no further investigation a crime will be Screened Out (not the same as a "No Crime"), for example if the crime is now detected, or there is no further information available to assist in the investigation.  If this is the case the allocating officer will show that the crime is finalised within the crime recording system.  However, such a crime can be further investigated at any time and removed from Screened Out.

A crime requiring no further action can still be Screened In when further details are required to finalise the report, for example details of stolen property or damaged vehicles.  A crime will also be Screened In where there has been an arrest and the person has been bailed to return to a police station.

If you decide to write an article/use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted above so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

With the above in mind please see the document attached below which contains information specific to 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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