Disclosure Details

Possession of Cannabis - 1170/15

Dated: 21 Jan 2016

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

Thank you for your e mail dated 15 December 2015 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 at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

This request relates to the following offences set out in the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971:

      i.        Possession of Cannabis - s.5(1) of the Act;

     ii.        Possession of Cannabis with intent to supply - s.5(3) of the Act.

1.     For each of these two offences separately, please supply the following data broken down by each year a) 2010, b) 2011, c) 2012, d) 2013, e) 2014 and f) 2015 so far:

a)     The total number of individuals arrested by your force

b)     The total number of individuals cautioned by your force

c)     The total number of individuals charged by your force 

2.     Please also send copies of all guidance issued to officers relating to Cannabis offences since 1 Jan 2012.


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 and Criminal Justice Departments of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as attached below 

2.  Please see below attached which is issued to officers in relation to cannabis warnings and PND.  This document is currently under review.

Whilst we have provided the document in full, as we have assessed that there is no harm in doing so, this may not be the case should subsequent  requests be made for further documents.

You should also note that the above has been released in the spirit of the Act in order to avoid a refusal notice under S12 being applied.  There will be many instances of documents being issued in some form which may make reference to cannabis, ie in training documents, procedures  etc.  However to locate and extract all such references would exceed the permitted time constraints for this request.


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

You may be interested to know that Northumbria Police routinely publish information via the Disclosure Log.  The aim of the Disclosure Log is to promote openness and transparency by voluntarily placing information into the public arena.

The Disclosure Log contains copies of some of the information that has been disclosed by Northumbria Police in response to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. 

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 wider 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.

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.


FOI 1170-15 Procedure
FOI 1170-15 (1)