Osman warnings - 162/14
Dated: 13 Mar 2014
Date of request: 14/02/2014
Date of response: 13/03/2014
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 14 February 2014 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.
The number of "Osman Warnings" aka "Warning notices" that have been issued by you on an annual basis for 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.
As part of the information you have requested is accessible by other means I have not provided you with a copy of the information and will rely on Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. You should therefore consider this a refusal for your request.
I have provided an explanation to this exemption below.
Section 21 (1) - Information accessible by other means
Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant is exempt information
Information for the years 2002 - 2012 has been asked for previously, released and is published on our Disclosure Log via the Northumbria Police website, FOI 318/13 refers. The link to the Log is below.
With regards to 2013 figures I can advise that there have been 15 Osman warnings issued.
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.
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