Suicide - 603/12
Dated: 31 Jul 2015
Date of request: 25/07/2012
Date of response: 06/08/2012
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 25 July 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.
How many incidents of suicide intervention did your Force attend during 2011?
How many of those were of persons threatening to jump from a bridge?
How long did the bridge incidents take to resolve (on average or list individually)?
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 Communications Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is not held by Northumbria Police.
We would not know a persons intentions, ie whether suicide was intended, and only a coroner can decide whether a persons death is suicide.
However, in order to provide you with some assistance, under Section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, an initial assessment of the information that may be provided would be questions 2 and 3, relating to threats to jump from a bridge only and not potential suicides.
If that would be useful you may wish to define and resubmit your request accordingly..
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