Disclosure Details

Crimes - 394/15

Dated: 19 May 2015

Date of request:      07/04/15

Date of response:    19/05/15

Provision of informati11 held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated  17 April 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 by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

 1) Please provide the data for the number of crimes committed by adults in your force area, broken down by date and time, for 2013/14.
2) Please provide the data for the number of crimes committed by youths in your force area, broken down by date and time, for 2013/14.

You then clarified as below:

By "adults" I mean 18+; by "youths" 17 and under;
By 'Crime committed' I mean where the person has been charged/cautioned.
By 'date and time' I mean the time and date the crime was recorded as being committed   
 

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 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.

This data has been collated using the date and time that the crime has been recorded as commencing from. 
Therefore, if a crime is historic in nature (i.e. a burglary dwelling that was discovered on return from holiday), the date will be the first date that the offence may have happened and the time that the crime was committed will be recorded as 00:00.
These are all crimes recorded as committed in 2013/14 where a person has been charged/cautioned/issued a formal warning or dealt with by restorative justice.
Crimes may be counted in both the adult and youth spreadsheets if more than one person has been charged with the offence. 
The total number of crimes where a person (irrespective of age) has been charged/cautioned/issued a formal warning or dealt with by restorative justice in 2013/14 is 31,262.

With the above in mind please see the below which provides a response to your request. 

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.


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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