Disclosure Details

Sex offences - 984/14

Dated: 04 Dec 2014

Date of request:      19/11/14

Date of response:    04/12/14

Provision of informati11 held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated 19 November 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: 

1.       Please provide figures for the number of adults arrested for sexual offences who were Scoutmasters or who worked or volunteered for the Scouts (including cub scouts). Please provide figures from 1st January 2001 to the present day. Please provide a breakdown by calendar year.
2.       Please provide figures for the number of adults who received cautions for sexual offences who were Scoutmasters or who worked or volunteered for the Scouts (including cub scouts).. Please provide figures from 1st January 2001 to the present day. Please provide a breakdown by calendar year.
3.       Please provide figures for the number of adults who were charged with sexual offences who were Scoutmasters or who worked or volunteered for the Scouts (including cub scouts).. Please provide figures from 1st January 2001 to the present day. Please provide a breakdown by calendar year.
4.       Please provide figures for the number of adults who were convicted of sexual offences who were Scoutmasters or who worked or volunteered for the Scouts (including cub scouts). Please provide figures from 1st January 2001 to the present day. Please provide a breakdown by calendar year.
 
5.If the information is not held in a central database, please narrow down your records to sexual offences, and then use a search function to search for the words "Scoutmaster", "Scout", "Scouts" "Cub Scouts", "Cub" and "Cubs". I am aware that this will not give a total picture – since there may be people who worked with the Scouts where this was not recorded because it was not known or not seen as relevant.
 
 

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 within Northumbria Police.

To accurately respond to this request would require a manual search of each sexual offence arrest record and the relevant incident reports to establish if the suspect  was recorded as a Scoutmaster or one who worked or volunteered for the Scouts (including cub scouts). 
It was established that this would exceed the permitted time under the Act.

We therefore conducted our research around the parameters at point 5 of your request, and searched the MO of recorded sexual offences between 2008 and 2013 for the words "Scoutmaster", "Scout", "Scouts" "Cub Scouts", "Cub" and "Cubs".

None of these have a person arrested who is recorded as being associated with the Scouts.

You should note that there is no legal compulsion for people to tell us their occupation and it is therefore feasible that 'being associated with the Scouts'  may not be recorded.

 

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.

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