Disclosure Details

Taken into consideration - 038/14

Dated: 14 Feb 2014

Date of request:    10/01/2014

Date of response:  13/02/2014

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 January 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) Under the Freedom of Information Act please can you tell me how many offences listed against criminals in 2013 were allowed to be ‘taken into consideration’ (TICs)?

1a) Can you breakdown which crimes they were given for?
2) How many criminals had more than 100 TIC’s in 2013 and for each one please breakdown the offences these were for?
3) How many criminals had more than 50 TIC’s in 2013 and for each criminal please breakdown the offences these were for?

4) Please can you repeat questions 1-3 for the years 2012 and 2011.3. How many of the charges referred to in question 2 resulted in conviction.

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 Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I have decided to disclose the located information to you as attached below

*Pre December 2012 all fraud offences were recorded as a crime by Northumbria Police; however post December 2012 onwards certain fraud offences, although recorded by Northumbria Police, are claimed and counted by Action Fraud. This includes claiming the method of disposal, such as 'Taken into consideration (TIC)', therefore they are shown separately for 2013.

2. There were no offenders with more than 100 TICs for years 2011, 2012 and 2013. This includes no offenders with more than 100 TICs for the total of the three years.

3. One offender had 66 TICs, all of which were in 2012 and related to Criminal Damage offences. The CPS were fully consulted on this particular matter to ensure adherence to guidelines with charges laid at court.

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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