Stop & Search - 1332/17
Dated: 10 Jan 2018
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')
Thank you for your e mail dated 21 December 2017 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.
I would like to know for the last five years (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 to date):
1. The total number of stop and searches carried out by the police force annually
2. Age breakdown: The number of people stop and searched by your force annually in each of the below categories:
a. Under the age of 10
b. Under the age of 16
3. Ethnicity breakdown: The number of people stop and searched by your force annually broken down by the ethnicity grouping that you record
4. What percentage of stop and searches led to an arrest annually, ideally broken down by ethnicity if possible
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 Performance Review Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held in part by Northumbria Police.
I am able to disclose the located information to you as attached.
To note – we do not record the information requested at point 4. We have however provided the number of arrests to allow you to calculate the % of stop and searches that led to arrests.
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.