Disclosure Details

Theft of police equipment - 466/13

Dated: 13 Aug 2013

Date of request:     14/06/2013

Date of response:   13/08/2013

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

Thank you for your email dated 14 June 2013 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 which items of police equipment were stolen – including a summary description of the theft, such as when the theft took place, and from where – during the financial year 2012/2013.

If possible, I would like this to include an approximate value of the item, and whether it was recovered.

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 Corporate Development Department 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.

This information  was obtained by searching  force systems on 'police officer', 'police employee', 'police staff', 'police civilian' and 'Northumbria Police' from 01/04/12 to 31/03/13. The information was then filtered down to include only incidences that were relevant to theft. Once this was completed each incident was manually viewed  to establish a response to the queries posed, see below attached.

Please note when the property value is not provided or is not known, it is often recorded as a nominal value of £1.  As a result it should not be assumed that this is the real value of the item stolen.

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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