Disclosure Details

Assaults on Clergy - 223/14

Dated: 18 Mar 2014

Date of request:    09/03/2014

Date of response:  18/03/2014

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

Thank you for your email dated 9 March 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.

You asked: 

1) How many violent crimes against members of the clergy have been reported over the last 3 calendar years (including a year by year breakdown of the number of crimes). 

I would define members of the clergy as professions such as deacons, priests, bishops, preachers, vicars, ministers, imams. I would define violent crime as all violence specifically against a member of clergy - such as sexual offences, robbery, assault, etc. 

2) When supplying the information please also provide a breakdown of the time of all of crimes that have occurred against clergy members.

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 Strategy and Performance Unit 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 response provided below is based on the number of recorded violent crime between 2011 and 2013 in which the victim's occupation was recorded as one of the following:
Clergyman, Reverend, Deacon, Priest, Bishop, Preacher, Vicar, Minister or Imam

2011 - Nil
2012 - 2 - both recorded as violence against the person
2013 - Nil

2.  The crime hour in which the 2 crimes occurred were recorded as 13:00 and 17:00.

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.


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