Crime by Nationality - 412/12
Dated: 30 Jul 2015
Date of request: 08/05/2012
Date of response: 18/05/2012
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 8 May 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.
The people proceeded against by nationality for the period 01/05/2011 to 01/05/2012 with the data broken down into the nine major offence types - violence against the person, sexual offences, robbery, burglary, theft and handling, fraud or forgery, criminal damage, drugs, other notable offences.
For people proceeded against, broken down by nationality for the period 01/05/2011 to 01/05/2012 could you further break down into:-
Careless or inconsiderate driving
Causing death by dangerous driving
Criminal damage to a vehicle
Driving under the influence of drink or drugs
Driving while an unlicensed or uninsured driver
Theft or unauthorised taking of motor vehicle
Theft from a vehicle
Vehicle/driver document fraud
All vehicle crime
Proceeded against means taken further than arrest in this context - eg. given fine or court proceedings begun even if not concluded.
If providing the table according to the above dates is not possible please provide the most recent annual figures that you are able to collate.
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 can not be disclosed for the following reasons.
The information asked for is not held centrally nor in an easily retrievable format and would require the interrogation of different systems to extract the information specific to your request. For example, within the second list of offences alone there are more than 15 different offence types, many of which will have resulted in a person being proceeded against by means of a summons for the offence concerned. In these cases, the nationality of the person proceeded against can only be established by looking at the individual computerised record of the person concerned. It has been established that more than 4,600 individual records would have to be examined to extract the nationality information required, for this list of offences alone.
Additionally within this list of offences you ask for offences of vehicle/driver document fraud - although in many cases specific offences exist to deal with licence, insurance, plating and test certificate offences, it is possible that a person could be proceeded against for a broader fraud or forgery offence in relation to these documents/plate offences and we would only be able to establish that the offence involved vehicle/driver document fraud by reading each individual crime report. There are at least an additional 6 separate wider offences where the individual records would have to be read to establish if the offence involved vehicle/driver documents. During 2011/12 there were more than 2,000 recorded fraud and forgery offences. Even at a conservative estimate of 5 minutes per record, which we have considered as reasonable, we have estimated that to extract the information for this part alone, even for a one year period would take over 160 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.
You may be interested to know that Northumbria Police routinely publish information that has been disclosed by Northumbria Police in response to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 via the Disclosure Log. The aim of the Disclosure Log is to promote openness and transparency by voluntarily placing information into the public arena.
Whilst it is not possible to publish all responses we will endeavour to publish those where we feel that the information disclosed is in the public interest. The Disclosure Log will be updated once responses have been sent to the requester. I have provided the relevant link below:-
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.