Disclosure Details

Missing Persons - 67/12

Dated: 07 Jun 2011

Date of request: 16/01/2012

Date of response: 14/02/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated 16 January 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: 

  1. The most up to date quarterly figures for missing people in your force area for the last three years. (Given that the data from the NPIA is taken from 2009/10 - It is important that where possible, BBC Tees refers to the most current figures available.)

  2. How many people are currently classified as missing in your force area?

  3. Does your force have a specific missing persons unit in operation?

  4. If so, how long has it been in operation?

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 Crime 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.

  1. See the spreadsheet attached below which answers this part of your request.

  2. 31 persons were recorded as missing as of 5pm Wednesday 18 January 2012.  Obviously these figures are dynamic and can differ minute by minute.

  3. No.

  4. N/A.

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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