Under 10s - 563/15
Dated: 07 Jul 2015
Date of request: 08/06/15
Date of response: 07/07/15
Provision of informat7on held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 8 June 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.
1) How many children under the age of ten have been detained by the police force from the year 2000 until the present day?
2) Please include in your response the following information:
a) Age, gender and (if possible) birthdate of child.
b) Reason for detention. In cases of a criminal act having been carried out, please use the terms that would be applied to adults and young offenders arrested for the same act.
c) Location of arrest. (Street name etc not required, please include town/city/geographic area (north, south, east, west) in the cases of larger cities.
3) If the same child is detained on more than one occasion, and so appears twice or more in the list, please indicate they are the same person to allow for more accurate reporting.
To clarify I mean arrested or held in custody for any period of time. As under 10s cannot legally be arrested I used the word detained.
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 am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.
The information provided is based on searching the force system for detentions of persons under the age of ten for the years 01/01/2000 - 11/06/2015
Please note for question one we have provided the number of individuals detained and the total number of detentions, due to instances where someones age may have changed.
Questions 2a,b,c and 3 is based on the total number of detentions as such an individual may have more than one for the above period.
Those with more than one are separated out by question 3 as requested.
It is not possible to provide you with the birthdates of the individuals as this would be exempt information under S40 of the Act.
With the above in mind please see the below attached which answers your request accordingly.
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.