Disclosure Details

Arrests - 218/15

Dated: 12 Mar 2015

Date of request:      26/02/15

Date of response:    11/03/15

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

Thank you for your email dated 26 Febuary 2015 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: 

I would like to know the following under the FOI Act:
1.       Please state the total number of arrests recorded on your force’s custody system between 1 January 2014 and 31 December 2014. 
2.   Please provide a breakdown of disposals for each IC code (IC1 – IC9) between 1 Jan 2014 and 31 Dec 2014.
eg. no further action, cautioned, charged, warning, bailed. Where no further action was taken please state this clearly.
Please complete the table for each of the 9 IC codes:
IC codes
IC1 – White - North European
IC2 – Dark European
IC3 – Black
IC4 – (South) Asian
IC5 – Chinese, Japanese, or other South-East Asian
IC6 – Arabic or North African
IC9 – Unknown
Please send the information in Excel format

As advised - we do not record IC codes on arrest records.  You therefore amended your request as:

I'd like to have the search criteria that gives the most complete set of responses  - so either the ethnicity or self-classification codes.

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 am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

As per your request, we have based the tables on Ethnic appearance as that gives the most complete set of responses.

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/disclosure_log/foi_complaint_rights

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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