Disclosure Details

Community Resolution - 467/12

Dated: 07 Jun 2011

Date of request:   31/05/2012

Date of response:   28/06/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated 31 May 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: 

I would be grateful if you could provide me with details of Community Resolutions disposals used by your force in each of the last three years.  I would like to know:

  • The total number of Community Resolutions in each year

  • Details of for what crimes the resolutions were used (e.g. theft, 2, assault, 1 etc)

  • If you are also able to provide more detail on the crime and what the resolution was in each case, I would like to receive that too (e.g. graffiti on wall of home, offender washed off).

Please specify whether you are using calendar or financial years, according to how your force keeps the records.

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.

Please note It has not been possible to provide any further details, as per the last point in your request above.  This would require in excess of 6,000 records to be manually viewed.  Even at a conservative estimate of 3 minutes per record, which we have considered as reasonable, we have estimated that to extract this information would take over 300 hours, therefore Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act would apply.

For the information we can supply within the time constraints please see the document attached below which is for the 2011/12 period.

As the information you have requested for the periods 2009/10 and 2010/11 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.

This information is freely available via the Disclosure Log on the Northumbria Police website, FOI 867/11 refers.

You may be interested to know that Northumbria Police routinely publish information that has been disclosed by Northumbria Police in response to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 via the Disclosure Log.  The aim of the Disclosure Log is to promote openness and transparency by voluntarily placing information into the public arena.

Whilst it is not possible to publish all responses we will endeavour to publish those where we feel that the information disclosed is in the public interest.  The Disclosure Log will be updated once responses have been sent to the requester.  I have provided the relevant link below:-


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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