Screened out - 005/13
Dated: 15 Jan 2013
Date of request: 01/01/13
Date of response: 14/01/13
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 1 January 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 am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 regarding the process of 'screening out' of crimes (also known as NFA - No further action).
Please can you tell me how many crimes reported to Northumbria police were screened out in 2011/12 and how many total crimes were reported to the force in the same period.
Can you also provide a breakdown of the information with regards to type of crime (burglary, assault, sexual assault, etc)
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.
Obviously this information is dynamic and the below is for information held as of 10th January 2013
Total Recorded Crime 75,396
Crimes screened out 8,427
Criminal damage 2464
Drug crime 5
Fraud and forgery 9
Miscellaneous crime 45
Public disorder 92
Sexual offences 9
Theft and handling 2837
Vehicle crime 815
Northumbria police investigate crimes in line with the National Crime Recording Standards and follow a set process.
Where there is to be no further investigation a crime will be Screened Out (Not the same as a "No Crime"), for example if the crime is detected, or there is no further information available to assist in the investigation.
If this is the case the allocating officer will show that the crime is finalised within the crime recording system. However, such a crime can be further investigated at any time and removed from Screened Out.
A crime requiring no further action can still be Screened In when further details are required to finalise the report, for example details of stolen property or damaged vehicles.
A crime will also be Screened In where there has been an arrest and the person has been bailed to return to a police station
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