Police Attendence - 445/16
Dated: 19 Apr 2016
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')
Thank you for your e mail dated 4 April 2016 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 at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.
1. Please state how many times in 2015 officers were called to hospitals to help with patients suffering with dementia.
2. If possible, please state for each case whether any extra equipment was used, eg handcuffs, riot equipment, tasers etc
3. Please state how many times in 2015 officers were called to care homes to help with patients suffering with dementia.
4. If possible, please state for each case whether any extra equipment was used, eg handcuffs, riot equipment, tasers etc
If it is not possible to provide all the information requested due to the request exceeding the cost of compliance limits identified in Section 12, please only provide the information requested under points 1 and 3.
We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.
Information Commissioners Office (ICO) guidelines state that:
A public authority must confirm or deny whether it holds the information requested unless the cost of this alone would exceed the appropriate limit.
I can neither confirm nor deny that the information you require is held by Northumbria Police as to actually determine if it is held would exceed the permitted 18 hours therefore Section 12(2) of the Freedom of Information Act would apply. This section does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimated that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit of 18 hours, equating to £450.00
You should consider this to be a refusal notice under Section 17 of the Act for your request.
I have set out the reasons for this below.
The information requested is not held in a format that can be retrieved within the permitted timescales. To establish how many times police were called to hospitals to aid with patients suffering with dementia would require all incidents recorded at hospitals to be viewed. Even when such searches were narrowed down to 'concern for safety' incidents, in an attempt to reduce the numbers, this brought back 1571 incidents. Each of these would require manual review to establish if any related to 'dementia'. Even at a conservative estimate of 2 minutes per record, which we have considered as reasonable, we have estimated that to extract the information at this point alone would take over 52 hours. Similarly with regards to point 3, initial searches brought back 1082 result, each of which would require review to establish if any met the criteria of your request. To provide a response at this point alone would take approximately 36 hours.
When applying Section 12 exemption our duty to assist under Section 16 of the Act would normally entail that we contact you to determine whether it is possible to refine the scope of your request to bring it within the cost limits. However, from the information we have outlined above I see no reasonable way in which we can do so.
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.