Disclosure Details

Stop and Search - 534/13

Dated: 19 Aug 2013

Date of request:     11/07/2013

Date of response:   14/08/2013

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

Thank you for your email dated 21 June 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: 

You asked:

  1. How many people were stopped and searched by your force in each of the following years 2012/13, 2011/2012, 2010/2011? 
      

  2. How many people aged 10 to 17 were stopped and searched by your force in each of the following years 2012/13, 2011/2012, 2010/2011? 
      

  3. How many children under the age of 10 were stopped and searched by your force in each of the following years 2012/13, 2011/2012, 2010/2011? 
      

  4. Of the 10 to 17 year olds who were stopped and searched, in each of the following years 2012/13, 2011/2012, 2010/2011, what were their self-defined ethnicities? 
      

  5. Of the children under 10 who were stopped and searched, in each of the following years 2012/13, 2011/2012, 2010/2011, what were their self-defined ethnicities? 
      

  6. Of the children under 10 who were stopped and searched, in each of the following years 2012/13, 2011/2012, 2010/2011, what were the reasons given? 
      

  7. Please state the age of the youngest person or youngest people you have stopped and searched in each of the following years 2012/13, 2011/2012, 2010/2011?

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 from the central database by searching between 01/04/10 and 31/03/13 on the stop and search tables using the reason and ethnicity codes.
The information counts the number of people stopped and searched and does not include the number of times the individual was stopped and searched.

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

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.

Downloads

FOI Complaint Rights Procedure_tcm4-67103
FOI 534-13_tcm4-82310