Disclosure Details

CCTV Footage - 218/12

Dated: 07 Jun 2011

Date of request: 21/02/2012

Date of response: 29/02/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated 21st February 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. How many requests have been made to the council for CCTV footage over the last 5 years?

  2. How many convictions have been made based on CCTV footage?.

In response:

Following receipt of your request, initial searches were conducted with Sunderland Area Command of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police, however can not be disclosed for the following reason.

There is no computerised or automated system in place to identify the various facets of the investigation of incidents and crimes.  Each crime and incident would need to be examined manually with any references to CCTV being examined to further establish if the CCTV system was  owned by a Council/Local Authority.  To give you some indication of the enormity of the research this would entail, there were a total 400,000 crimes in the 5 year period and in the region of 4,500,000 incidents.  We have estimated that the retrieval process of the crimes alone, let alone the examination of each, would take, even at a conservative estimate of 3 minutes per record which we have considered as reasonable, in excess of 20,000 hours, therefore Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act would apply.  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.

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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