Disclosure Details

ANPR - 938/12

Dated: 14 Dec 2012

Date of request:      28/11/2012

Date of response:   14/12/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated 28 November 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: 

Under the Freedom of Information Act I would like to request details of your police force’s use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras.

I request the following information:

  1. The number of ANPR cameras currently operated by the police force. [As of 28th November 2012]

  2. The amount spent in the financial years 2009-2012 on installing such cameras. [Please break down by financial year if possible]

  3. Details of any policy documentation held by the force on the use of ANPR. [Please include the documentation if possible.]

  4. The number of searchers the Force has made against the National ANPR Data Centre between the financial years 2009-2012. [Please break down by financial year if possible]

  5. Details of the forces policy for using ANPR, i.e. who has access to the National ANPR Data Centre

  6. The number of staff disciplined for unauthorised access to the National ANPR Data Centre between the financial years 2009-2012 and the outcome. [Please break down by financial year if possible]

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 both the Crime and Professional Standards Departments of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held, in part, by Northumbria Police.

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

1. 55 cameras

2. 2009/10 - £389k
 2010/11 - £275k
 2011/12 - £37K
 2012 April - December £30k

3&5.  As the information you have requested at these parts 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.

 As these questions have been answered previously under FOIA and our response is published via the Disclosure Log on the Northumbria Police website, FOI 636/11 refers, we have considered this as 'reasonably accessible'.  The link to the Log can be found below.

4. 2009 data not available - system used to record this does not hold it after 2 years
 2010 data not available - system used to record this does not hold it after 2 years
 2011 898
 2012 826

5. All police personnel in intelligence or investigative roles may have access to the NADC.

6. No information held.  There have been no allegations recorded during the period which relate to the misuse of ANPR. 

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 crime 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.


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