Offences against children - 211/13
Dated: 02 Apr 2013
Date of request: 10/03/2013
Date of response: 02/04/2013
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 10 March 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.
I would like information on the number and type of charges brought against Police Officers in Northumbria Police Force for sexual offences against children, for owning child pornography, eliciting sexual acts against children and other related offences. Please can this information primarily be for the year 2012 and then also for the last 5 years spanning 2007-2012.
By 'other related offences' I mean I require information on any charges and arrests brought against Police Officers in Northumbria Police in relation to sexual offences against children.
Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Professional Standards Department of Northumbria Police and I provide a response for your attention.
Information not held. There were no Northumbria police officers arrested in 2012 for sexual offences against children, for owning pornography or for eliciting sexual acts against children.
In response to your request for information on charges and arrrests brought against officers for the last 5 years from 2012. As the information you have requested is accessible by other means I have not provided you with a copy of the information and will rely on Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. You should therefore consider this a refusal for your request.
I have provided an explanation to this exemption below.
Section 21 (1) - Information accessible by other means
Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant is exempt information.
This information has been requested before and is published on the Freedom of Information disclosure log FOI 292/12 and is therefore freely available. I have provided the relevant link below.
Northumbria Police can neither confirm nor deny that it holds any other information relevant to your request as the duty in Section 1(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not apply, by virtue of the following exemption:
Section 23(5) Information relating to the Security bodies
Section 23 is an absolute class-based exemption and therefore there is no requirement to conduct a harm or public interest test
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 crime 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.
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