Disclosure Details

Auctions - 117/14

Dated: 03 Sep 2013

Date of request:    30/01/2014

Date of response:  10/02/2014

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

Thank you for your email dated 30 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. The number of items sent to police auction by the Northumbria Police since January 2010. Please may I have breakdowns by year (financial or calendar, whichever is easiest to source), as well as the name of each item sent to auction.

  2. The total revenue from items sold in police auction by the Northumbria Police since January 2010. Please may I have breakdowns by year (financial or calendar, whichever is easiest to source), as well as the auction price and name of each item sold.

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 Business Support Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police however can not be retrieve within the timescale allowed.

I have set out the reasons for this below.

The information is not held centrally nor in an easily retrievable format.  Property and the relevant documentation is held by each area command and may be held in various police stations within that area command.  We have estimated to locate, retrieve and compile  information to respond to this request would far exceed the prescribed time limit of 18 hours, therefore Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act would apply.  This section does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimated that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit of 18 hours, equating to £450.00

You should consider this to be a refusal notice under Section 17 of the Act for your request.
In addition to the above  the price of each item may not be recorded as items may have been submitted in 'lots' and a price received may have therefore been for more than 1 item.

As part of your request would exceed the prescribed limit, as defined by the Act, there is no requirement for Northumbria Police to provide a response to the remaining parts of your request.  However, in order to provide you with some assistance, under Section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, an initial assessment of the information that may be provided within the time constraints would be the total revenue from items sold for a 1 year period, ie 2013, only.  This could not be broken down any further.

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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