Dear Northumbria Police,

1) Please would you tell me how you define antisocial behaviour and what penalties you can give, or actions you can take, to those engaging in it?

2) Can you tell me what policy or practice your force has (or evidence/studies you know of) that tackling anti-social behaviour at an early stage reduces the chances of culprits carrying out further antisocial behaviour, and/or going on to commit crimes?

3) If antisocial behaviour is linked to a footpath, alleyway or bridge; should it be closed off to stop that behaviour, even if doing so would be less convenient (or a lot less) to law-abiding users of it?

4) Do you know of instances where antisocial behaviour is stopped at one location, but it is displaced to another location? And do you have any idea of what proportion of antisocial behaviour is stopped altogether, and what proportion is displaced?

Thank you, in anticipation of your assistance.

Yours faithfully,

Henry S

Freedom of Information Mailbox, Northumbria Police

Henry

 

Before we can consider this request your real full name is required under
Section 8 of the Act

 

Additionally FOI is for information held by an organisation.  As some of
your questions are hypothetical, a response to them may not be held.

 

With regards to point 1 this information is already in the public domain
and can be found by simple research.  In order to assist I have provided a
link to the Northumbria Police website which provides information on what
antisocial behaviour can be defined as, and the penalties that may be
applied.

 

You may wish to visit our Disclosure Log where instances of previous FOI
submissions are published.  This may provide you with the type of
questions that we are able to successfully responded to.

 

Regards

FOI team

 

 

 

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Dear Freedom of Information Mailbox,

Thank you for your answer to my first question. The information was most helpful.

As requested, my name appears below.

As you suggested, I have looked at answers to other FOI requests. Many of these are simply factual answers.

I note in the introduction to FOIs on the force's website about them "giving a better understanding of how public authorities carry out their duties, make their decisions".
With this in my mind, I would appreciate it if you could answer my questions 2-4 as far as you are able, even though parts of them may be hypothetical.

Yours sincerely, and with thanks in anticipation of your further response,

Henry Stamp

Freedom of Information Mailbox, Northumbria Police

Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA)

 

Thank you for your email received today in which you make a request for
information that Northumbria Police may hold in accordance with the
Freedom Of Information Act 2000

 

To avoid doubt your request is as below.  If this is not correct please
advise by return

 

1. Can you tell me what policy or practice your force has (or
evidence/studies you know of) that tackling anti-social behaviour at an
early stage reduces the chances of culprits carrying out further
antisocial behaviour, and/or going on to commit crimes?

 

2. If antisocial behaviour is linked to a footpath, alleyway or bridge;
should it be closed off to stop that behaviour, even if doing so would be
less convenient (or a lot less) to law-abiding users of it?

 

3. Do you know of instances where antisocial behaviour is stopped at one
location, but it is displaced to another location? And do you have any
idea of what proportion of antisocial behaviour is stopped altogether, and
what proportion is displaced?

 

We are in the process of dealing with your request and a response should
be provided to you by 18/03/2019 which is in accordance with the
legislation.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Information Management Unit

 

www.northumbria.police.uk | www.northumbria-pcc.gov.uk

 

'Northumbria Police will be outstanding in the service we provide'

 

'We will do this through protecting the Vulnerable, delivering quality
Investigations and applying Problem solving to everything we do to protect
the communities we serve.'.'

 

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Freedom of Information Mailbox, Northumbria Police

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

 

Thank you for your e mail dated 16 February 2019 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.

 

You asked:

 

1. Can you tell me what policy or practice your force has (or
evidence/studies you know of) that tackling anti-social behaviour at an
early stage reduces the chances of culprits carrying out further
antisocial behaviour, and/or going on to commit crimes?

 

2. If antisocial behaviour is linked to a footpath, alleyway or bridge;
should it be closed off to stop that behaviour, even if doing so would be
less convenient (or a lot less) to law-abiding users of it?

 

3. Do you know of instances where antisocial behaviour is stopped at one
location, but it is displaced to another location? And do you have any
idea of what proportion of antisocial behaviour is stopped altogether, and
what proportion is displaced?

 

 

 

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I
provide a response for your attention.

 

Information Commissioners Office (ICO) guidelines state that:

A public authority must confirm or deny whether it holds the information
requested unless the cost of this alone would exceed the appropriate
limit.

I can neither confirm nor deny that the information you require is held by
Northumbria Police as to actually determine if it is held would exceed the
permitted 18 hours therefore Section 12(2) 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.

I have set out the reasons for this below.

To establish if any information is held regarding your request would
entail all locations where such information may be held to be searched. 
This would include all officers and staffs personal mailboxes, all
departmental mailboxes, all postal recording systems, pocket note books,
internal and external reports held, as well as minutes of meetings,
training courses etc.  This cannot be achieved within the 18 hour
threshold.  I can advise, as per our previous comments, that a response to
respond to hypothetical scenarios is unlikely to be held.

 

 

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.

 

You may be interested to know that Northumbria Police routinely publish
information via the Disclosure Log. The aim of the Disclosure Log is to
promote openness and transparency by voluntarily placing information into
the public arena.

 

The Disclosure Log contains copies of some of the information that has
been disclosed by Northumbria Police in response to requests made under
the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

Whilst it is not possible to publish all responses we will endeavour to
publish those where we feel that the information disclosed is in the wider
public interest.

 

The Disclosure Log will be updated once responses have been sent to the
requester.

 

I have provided the relevant link below.

 

[1]https://beta.northumbria.police.uk/about...

 

 

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Yours sincerely

 

Michael Cleugh

Data Protection and Disclosure Advisor

 

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