Detainees - 194/12
Dated: 07 Jun 2011
Date of request: 13/02/2012
Date of response: 28/02/2012
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 13 February 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.
For each question listed could the information be broken down by police station (if at all possible) and by year for each of the last 3 years. For the sake of clarity the last 3 years would be 01/01/2009 - 31/12/2009, 01/01/2010 - 31/12/2010 and 01/01/2011 - 31/12/2011. I would appreciate it if the response could be by e-mail in either html, pdf or excel/odf format.
How many non UK Nationals have been detained in total?
How many people have been detained for Immigration matters at the request of the Immigration services or UKBA?
How many people have been detained for criminal matters/other reasons and then subsequently referred to the immigration services?
How many referrals were made to DSCC (Defence Solicitors Call Center) for Immigration advice?
Does the force maintain a breakdown of detainees by nationality? If so can this be provided.
If no breakdown is maintained by nationality is there a breakdown between EEA and non-EEA detainees? If so can this be provided.
What is the average period of detention for a person detained at the request of the Immigration Services or UKBA?
What is the average period of detention for a person not detained at the request of UKBA but subsequently transferred to them?
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, however can not be disclosed for the following reason.
This information is not held in an easily retrievable format. For the period 2010/11 there were 2,965 individuals arrested that, based on nationality as given at time of arrest, were non UK nationals. Each of these records would require a manual interrogation which may enable us to extract some information specific to your request. Even at a conservative estimate of 5 minutes per record, which we have considered as reasonable, we have estimated that to locate and extract some of the details requested would take over 247 hours, therefore Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act would apply. This section does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimated that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit of 18 hours, equating to £450.00
You should consider this to be a refusal notice under Section 17 of the Act for that part of your request.
When applying Section 12 exemption our duty to assist under Section 16 of the Act would normally entail that we contact you to determine whether it is possible to refine the scope of your request to bring it within the cost limits. However, from the information we have outlined above I see no reasonable way in which we can do so.
I can advise question 4 is not held - this is a matter for the detainee.
Questions 7 and 8 are not held. We do not hold 'average' periods of detentions.
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.
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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.