Call outs - 1190/15
Dated: 15 Jan 2016
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')
Thank you for your e mail dated 24 December 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 at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.
1) the annual number of incidents police were called out to at prisons within the force's catchment area, broken down per institution, per year for each of the last 5 calendar years.
2) the monthly number of incidents police were called out to at prisons within the force's catchment area, broken down per institution, per type of callout, per month, for the calendar year of 2015.
On 04/01/16 you then added:
This request refers to ALL police force deployments at prisons held on your force's incident handling system - i.e. not only those reported call-outs but also incidents 'happened upon' also recorded. You may feel this was apparent in the initial request but has been queried by a force and this is a clarification to the initial request
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
The information provided has been obtained by searching using the prisons postcode, any record where a postcode was not completed may be missing.
HMP Castington and HMP Ackilngton merged in 2011. They had separate post codes and then it became HMP Northumberland using the Acklington postcode only. However in 2012 there were still some records being attached to the old unused postcode so we have included both.
We have separated the prisons out when necessary because HMP Castington was initially a young offenders institute.
There are currently no youth detention centres in Northumbria.
Regarding "Callout type" in our response to question 2, Public safety incidents includes things such as suspicious circumstances/packages, wanted persons, wildlife calls. Administration related incident includes lost and found property, police generated resource activity and pre planned events.
With the above in mind please see the attached which fully answers your query
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.
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