Disclosure Details

Thefts from police - 392/13

Dated: 28 May 2013

Date of request:     15/05/2013

Date of response:   28/05/2013

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

Thank you for your email dated 15 May  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.

You asked: 

Details of all thefts from your force in the past five years (2008, 2009 and 2010, 2011, 2012).

For each incident please give me the year of the theft, the item that was stolen, the value of the item, where it was stolen from, whether it was recovered and whether anybody was caught / charged for the theft.
When I say thefts from "your force" I mean thefts from those employed by the police or thefts in or on police property including police vehicles, offices, stations, cells etc. 

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 by Northumbria Police.

I have today decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

The information was obtained by searching the force systems by doing a background search on 'police officer', 'police employee', 'police staff', 'police civilian' and 'Northumbria Police' from 2008 to 2012. The information was then filtered down to include only incidences that were relevant to theft. Once this was completed each incident was looked up to pull out the items taken, their value and whether the items were recovered.
You should note, however, that this may include police officers or staff that do not work for Northumbria Police.  It is not possible to disentangle only those that are members of this force. 

With the above in mind please see the below attached.

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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