Disclosure Details

Sexual offences - 030/15

Dated: 26 Jan 2015

Date of request:      09/01/15

Date of response:    23/01/15

Provision of informati11 held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated 9 January 2015 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: 

 I would like to know the following:
1. The number of sexual offences against children recorded by the force in each of the past four complete financial years plus the number from the start of the 2014-15 financial year up until the end of December 2014.
2. I would also like this number expressed as a rate per every 100,000 children looked after by the force for each time period.
3. Finally, I would like to know how many of the offences recorded in point 1 of my request were rape offences.

I define a child as anyone aged under the age of 18.
By The number looked after by the force I mean  the number of under 18s within the jurisdiction of Northumbria Police.

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 in part by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

The response  below is based on sexual offences recorded between 01/04/2010 and 31/12/2014 in which the victim is aged under 18 years of age.

2010/11 532
2011/12 490
2012/13 355
2013/14 460
2014/15* 560
* 01/04/14 to 31/12/14

2. No information held. Northumbria Police do not hold figures for the population of under 18 year olds per 100,000 population.

2010/11 149
2011/12 123
2012/13 93
2013/14 111
2014/15* 159
* 01/04/14 to 31/12/14

Please note, the above rape figures are also counted in the number of sexual offences provided in Q1

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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