Disclosure Details

Disposals - 374/13

Dated: 17 Jun 2013

Date of request:    08 /05/2013

Date of response:  13/06/2013

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 2013 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) The total number of cautions, warnings and reprimands issued by your Police Force, broken down by Home Office offence classification, for each of the following years:


N:B: as an advisory the following table is an example of how we would like the data provided for each year in an Excel document:

HO Class code HO offence description Total cautions (persons over 18) Total Cond. cautions (persons over 18) Total Reprimands persons under 18) Total warnings (persons under 18) Total penalty notice for disorder

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 have today decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

Please note that under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 there is no obligation for the force to supply the information based on the requirements of the requestor.  When making a request for information, an applicant may express a preference for the way in which the information is received (ie electronic, hard copy etc), but not the actual format (ie where a table is provided for completion).  However on this occasion it has been easier for us to provide the information in an excel spreadsheet as requested.  It should be noted that this may not be the case should similar requests be made.

Please also note: With regards to sexual offences, all reports of sexual offences are taken extremely seriously and are fully and properly investigated by Northumbria Police officers and decisions to proceed by way of a caution are taken following full consultation with appropriate individuals and careful consideration of all of the issues involved, including advice and guidance from the Crown Prosecution Service.
Factors can include the gravity of the offence and the history of the offender.
Relationships which are consensual between young men and women, where one party is slightly under the age of consent, could also be a factor in considering a caution.
Anyone receiving a caution for a sexual offence will be registered and managed as a sex offender in order to reduce the risk of harm to children and vulnerable people as well as the wider community.

If you decide to write an article/use the enclosed data we would expect you to take into consideration the factors highlighted above so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

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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