This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'Drone complaints for the year 2019 and 2020'.


 
Freedom Of Information 
PO BOX 9 
Laburnum Road 
Wakefield 
WF1 3QP 
 
 
Information Management 
 
Tel:   01924 296006 
Fax:  01924 292726 
Email: xxx@xxxxxxxxxxxxx.xxx.xxxxxx.xx 
Website: www.westyorkshire.police.uk 
 
 
Our ref: FOI/696792 
 
Date: 5 May 2021 
 
Dear I. Hudson 
 
Thank you for your request for information, received by West Yorkshire Police on 21 April 2021. 
 
You requested the following information:  
 
Can I have the totals for drone complaints made to West Yorkshire Police in the years:  
2019 - 2020 
Also for those years can I have the figures for complaints on fireworks and snowballs as a comparison 
point. 
 
Please see the attached document for the requested information.  
 
COMPLAINT RIGHTS 
 
If you are not satisfied with how this request has been handled or with the information provided, please 
read the advice notice attached to this letter. If you do wish to take up your right of complaint, please 
remember to quote the reference number above in any future correspondence.  
 
Yours sincerely, 
 
Alix Whitfield 
Disclosure Officer. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

COMPLAINT RIGHTS 
 
If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision of West Yorkshire Police, made under 
the Freedom of Information Act 2000 regarding access to information, you can lodge a written complaint 
to have the decision internally reviewed.     
    
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who is fully trained in interpreting Freedom of Information legislation. The review wil  be independently 
conducted, regardless of the original decision made. 
   
Complaints wil  only be treated as valid if they are received by West Yorkshire Police within a 60 day 
timeframe from the date of the decision letter. They must include the original FOI Reference Number and 
can only be submitted in writing, by using the following contact details:     
    
xxx@xxxxxxxxxxxxx.xxx.xxxxxx.xx    
    
Or   
    
West Yorkshire Police    
FOI Internal Reviews   
PO Box 9    
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The Information Commissioner    
    
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Incidents reporting the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, 01/01/2019 to 31/12/2020
Notes
Figures show the number of incidents recorded during the period which: 
 - contained the search terms %UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE%, and/or %DRONE% within the incident log text
Al  incident records matching these search criteria were manual y assessed to remove any 'false 
positive' results.  The records which remain contain reference to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles/Drones
Duplicate incident logs (multiple reports of the same 'event') and police generated logs are excluded
Incidents are recorded in accordance with the National Standard for Incident Recording (NSIR) Counting Rules:
Incidents of West Yorkshire Police using drones to investgate an incident are excluded
www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-national-standard-for-incident-recording-nsir-counting-rules
Incident type
2019
2020
ANIMAL RELATED PROBLEMS
0
1
BURGLARY - BUSINESS & COMMUNITY
0
1
COLLAPSE/ILLNESS/INJURY/TRAPPE
0
1
COMPLAINT AGAINST POLICE
1
1
CONCERN - CORONAVIRUS RELATED
0
7
CONCERN FOR SAFETY
15
7
CRIMINAL DAMAGE
1
1
DRUGS
1
0
ENVIRONMENT
0
2
FIREARMS (NON CRIME)
0
1
HARASSMENT
1
5
HIGHWAY DISRUPTION
1
1
INSECURE PREMISES/VEHICLES
0
1
LOST/FOUND PROPERTY
1
0
MALICIOUS COMMUNICATIONS
0
1
MESSAGE
3
1
MS INTRUDER - FALSE ALARM
0
1
NO CRIME RECORDED (EG VICTIM NOT LOCATED)
1
1
NUISANCE
23
64
OTHER NOTIFIABLE CRIME
7
6

PERSONAL
0
6
POLICE - FALSE ALARM
0
1
PUBLIC ORDER
0
6
ROAD/MARINE/AIR INCIDENT
0
2
ROBBERY
1
1
RTC - DAMAGE ONLY - DET EXCH NFA
0
1
SUDDEN DEATH - NON SUSPICIOUS
1
3
SUSP CIRCS - INV VEHICLE
5
8
SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES
42
91
THEFT - OTHER / HANDLING
0
1
VIOLENCE AGAINST PERSON
0
4
WANTED/COURT ORDER/BAIL
1
0
WILDLIFE
0
1
Total
105
228
Throwing Incidents, 01/01/2019 to 31/12/2020
Notes
Data represents the number of incidents recorded during the period which were closed as Anti-social behaviour - Fireworks/throwing
 - throwing of snowbal s would be included in this category
 - throwing of other articles would also be included (e.g. stones)
Firework related incidents based on those which included 'FIREWORK' or 'FIRE WORK' in the log text
Incidents are recorded in accordance with the National Standard for Incident Recording (NSIR) Counting Rules:
www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-national-standard-for-incident-recording-nsir-counting-rules
Incident type
2019
2020
Fireworks/throwing
1909
2102
 - of which relate to fireworks
1691
1874

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