Disclosure Details

Threats to life - 290/17

Dated: 29 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 9 March  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.

You asked:

I would like to know how many times the police were called out to an incident where the person was threatening to take their own life in  





2017 - as far as you can go?  

If this could include calls from the person making the threats and any others. 

If possible could the number of men/women/children be broken down? So how many men, how many women and how many children. 


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 however cannot be disclosed for the following reasons.

This information is not held a format that can be retrieved within the permitted time constraints.

To establish a full and accurate response to this request would entail all incidents that were coded as  'Concern for Safety' to be manually reviewed to establish which were related to a  person threatening to take their own life.  During 2016 alone there were in excess of 84,000  incidents recorded as 'Concern for Safety'.   Even at a conservative estimate of 2 minutes per record, which we have considered as reasonable,  we have estimated that to extract this information would take over 2800 hours for 2016 alone, therefore Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act would apply.  Further time would then be required on top of this estimate to establish which were regarding men, women and children and how many of each. 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 that part of your request. 

When applying Section 12 exemption our duty to assist under Section 16 of the Act would normally entail that we contact you to determine whether it is possible to refine the scope of your request to bring it within the cost limits.  However, from the information we have outlined above I see no reasonable way in which we can do so.


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.