Disclosure Details

DNA - 631/12

Dated: 07 Jun 2011

Date of request:      07/08/2012

Date of response:   22/08/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated  7 August 2012 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: 

How many children aged 17 years and under had DNA samples taken by the police and stored in 2010 and 2011. Please provide information for each year separately. I would also like to know the gender, age and ethnicity of the children who were subject to this DNA sampling.

In response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Please note that this request has been aggregated with your previous requests, FOI's 640/12 and 648/12, due to the cost and time implications as it refers to the same subject area (Under 17's).

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Crime Department of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

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

Please note that statistics given do not necessarily relate to numbers of individuals as the number of subject profiles on the National DNA Database (NDNAD) is higher than the number of individuals because some of the profiles held are replicates.  In certain circumstances a profile for a person will have been loaded on more than one occasion, for example where a person gave different names, or different versions of their name, on separate arrest.

The data is based on the age of the subjects when the profiles were loaded to the NDNAD.  The figures cover all subjects loaded to the NDNAD and therefore cover both subjects who provided a sample voluntarily, for example for elimination purposes within the context of a specific case, and also criminal justice samples which are those taken from individuals following an arrest for a recordable offence.

With the above in mind please see the document attached below which answers your query.

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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