Restorative Justice - 246/12
Dated: 07 Jun 2011
Date of request: 05/03/2012
Date of response: 23/03/2012
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 05 March 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.
1. Do you use restorative justice within your force area
2. In the past 12 months how many opportunities to use restorative justice have been:
a. Offered to both victims and offenders
b. Been accepted by both parties and;
c. Have been completed
3. How has the use of restorative justice impacted on the number of prosecutions made within your force
4. Do you undertake an evaluation process with regards to restorative justice
5. In the past 12 months how many have been:
a. Positively received
b. Negatively received
6. Are officers trained in the use of restorative justice and what does this training consist of
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 Criminal Justice 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 reason.
This information is not held in an easily retrievable format To provide information which meets the criteria of your request, particularly at question 2 would entail a manual viewing of in excess of 2000 records to establish information specific to your request. Even at a conservative estimate of 5 minutes per record, which we have considered as reasonable, we have estimated that to extract this information 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 your request.
Although excess cost removes Northumbria Police's obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, as a gesture of goodwill, I have supplied information below, relative to your request, retrieved or available before it was realised that the fees limit would be exceeded. I trust this is helpful, but it does not affect our legal right to rely on the fees regulations for the remainder of your request.
3. No information held.
5. No information held.
6. Training for Area Command staff is undertaken by Youth Offending Team police officers when required and usually consists of changes in legislation/methods of disposal etc.
Specific training has been delivered in relation to the use of Community Resolution. Force policy and procedures are also available to all staff.
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The Disclosure Log contains copies of some of the information that has been disclosed by Northumbria Police in response to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
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.
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