Disclosure Details

Stop and Search - 413/15

Dated: 31 Jul 2015

Date of request:      21/04/15

Date of response:    29/04/15

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

Thank you for your email dated 21 April 2015 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 write pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act') to request the following information: 
1.  The date on which Northumbria Police adopted the Best Use of Stop and Search Scheme ('the Scheme');         
2.  The number of authorisations that have been made by Northumbria Police under section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 ('section 60 authorisations') since the police force adopted the Scheme;         
3.  The number of section 60 authorisations made by Northumbria Police since the adoption of the Scheme which have been compliant with the Scheme in all respects;         
4.  The number of section 60 authorisations made by Northumbria Police since the adoption of the Scheme in relation to which advance community notification has been given, as envisaged by Part 4 of the Scheme, and the means by which advance  community notification was given; and         
5.  The number of section 60 authorisations made by Northumbria Police since the adoption of the Scheme in which community notification was only given after the authorisation and/or not given at all.   

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 am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

1. 26th August 2014 
2. - 5. There have been no authorisations made under Section 60 between that date and 22nd April 2015  

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.

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 underour 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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