Disclosure Details

Schools - 241/04

Dated: 28 Mar 2014

Date of request:    12/03/2014

Date of response:  28/03/2014

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

Thank you for your email dated  12 March  2014  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 can you provide a list of any time police were called to schools in your force area from Jan 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013?
2. For each occasion, please can you provide a short description of what crime had reportedly been committed?
3. If possible, please can you say how many officers were sent in each case?

With regards Q1, I do mean attended a report of a crime and for Q2, I mean for each attendance.

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 Strategy and Performance 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.

The information provided is based on the number of incidents reported between 01/01/2013 and 31/12/2013, where the location of the incident is recorded as some form of school premises and a crime has been recorded as a result. Please note that at question 2 there are occasions where more than one crime has been reported per visit by an officer. It is not possible to respond to question 3 within the bounds of the Act as this information is not recorded centrally.  With this in mind please see the attachment which answers your questions.

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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