Disclosure Details

Drug offences - 389/14

Dated: 28 May 2014

Date of request:    07/05/2014

Date of response:  28/05/2014

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

Thank you for your email dated 7 May 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: 

I would like to know the following:
1) How many 12-year-olds were arrested on drug offences in the last 24 months?
2) How many 12-year-olds were charged with drug offences in the last 24 months?
3) How many 13-year-olds were arrested on drug offences in the last 24 months?
4) How many 13-year-olds were charged with drug offences in the last 24 months?
5) How many 14-year-olds were arrested on drug offences in the last 24 months?
6) How many 14-year-olds were charged with drug offences in the last 24 months?
7) How many 15-year-olds were arrested on drug offences in the last 24 months?
8) How many 15-year-olds were charged with drug offences in the last 24 months?
9) How many 16-year-olds were arrested on drug offences in the last 24 months?
10) How many 16-year-olds were charged with drug offences in the last 24 months?

For each, could you please detail the year in which they were arrested/charged.

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 Deaprtment 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.


Please note we have taken 'the last 24 months' to mean the last two financial years 2012/13 and 2013/14. The information provided is based on the number of arrests for drug offences between 01/04/2012 and 31/03/2014 in which the offender was aged 12, 13, 14, 15 or 16 years old at the time they were arrested. The number of persons charged is based on the offender being aged 12, 13, 14, 15 or 16 years old at the time they were charged.

With that in mind please see the attachment below which answers your questions

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.

Downloads

FOI Complaint Rights Procedure_tcm4-67103
FOI 389-14._tcm4-95763