Reward Money - 199/12
Dated: 07 Jun 2011
Date of request: 14/02/2012
Date of response: 08/03/2012
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 February 2012 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.
How much money has your force offered in rewards for information leading to arrest or prosecution following an incident or a crime year on year for the last three years (Jan to Dec 2009, 2010, 2011)?
Of that money (offered as rewards in the last three years) how much money was paid out each year (Jan to Dec 2009, 2010, 2011)?
In the last 12 months (Jan 2012-February 2011) what is the biggest reward offered and what type of crime did it relate to? Was it claimed?
In the last 12 months (Jan 2012-February 2011) what is the smallest reward offered and what type of crime did it relate to? Was it claimed?
Where does your force’s reward money come from e.g. Police budget, Proceeds of Crime Act, charity?
Has this money been reduced in the 2011/12 financial year and if so by how much?
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 both the Finance and Corporate Communications Departments of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police however can not be disclosed for the following reason.
This information is not held in an easily retrievable format. As there is no budget code for such instances to establish what information is held a member of staff would be required to search through over 21,000 lines recorded on the financial ledger to see which were relevant to your request. Because of the volume of information that would require a manual view we have estimated that to extract this information would take over 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 that part of your request.
When applying S12 exemption our duty to assist under S16 of the Act would normally entail that we contact you to determine whether it is possible to refine the scope of your request to bring it within the cost limits. However, from the information we have outlined above I see no reasonable way in which we can do so.
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.