Facebook and Twitter - 144/14
Dated: 07 Apr 2014
Date of request: 10/02/2014
Date of response: 18/02/2014
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 10 February 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.
For the years 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, could you provide the following information:
How many offences your force has recorded where the key term 'Facebook' has been used? (e.g. where the word "Facebook have been mentioned in the MO field of a crime report)
How many offences your force has recorded where the key term 'Twitter' has been used? (e.g. where the word "Twitter" have been mentioned in the MO field of a crime report)
If it falls within the cost limit, details of the types of offences involving Facebook and/or Twitter recorded by your force (e.g. harassment, grooming, etc) and numbers of each type.
To clarify I mean the number of crimes
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.
With regards to information relating to the years 2011-2013 the below exemption applies.
As the information you have requested 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 has been requested and released previously and is published on our Disclosure Log via the Northumbria Police website. FOI 095/14 refers. The link to the website is given below.
With regards to information for 2010, I can provide the following:
Recorded crimes relating to Facebook or Twitter in some way
Number of crimes by offence
Criminal Damage 5
Drug Crime 0
Fraud & Forgery 0
Miscellaneous crime 1
Public disorder 14
Sexual Offences 4
Violence Against the Person 23
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.