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Homicide Investigations

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Rachael Venables

Dear Cleveland Police,

1. How many homicide investigations were launched in each of the calendar years from 2008 to 2018?

2. What was the total number of homicide investigations that were being actively investigated in each of those calendar years (2008 to 2018?)

3. In each of those calendar years (2008-2018) how many detectives were actively working in the murder investigation teams? If possible, can you list by rank?

4. In each of those calendar years how many Crime SIOs did you have working in the force on a specialist murder team? If possible, can you also break down by rank?

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Yours faithfully,

Rachael Venables

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Enquiry Ref: 10739-219

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Freedom of Information, Cleveland Police

Dear Ms Venables,
Enquiry Ref: 10739/2019

I write in connection with your request for information dated 19th March 2019 and received by this office on that date. Please accept our sincere apologies for the delay in responding due to the volume of requests received by this office. Below are the questions raised in your request and all of the information we have been able to retrieve.

1. How many homicide investigations were launched in each of the calendar years from 2008 to 2018?
Validated Homicides Crimes No crime occurred Total
2008 6 0 6
2009 6 3 9
2010 4 0 4
2011 6 0 6
2012 3 0 3
2013 6 0 6
2014 9 0 9
2015 2 1 3
2016 9 0 9
2017 3 0 3
2018 15 0 15
PLEASE NOTE the information provided relates to validated crimes NOT investigations as we do not record investigations.
Additionally it should be noted that some homicides will have occurred before 2008 but may have been recorded as, for example, a missing person until they have been identified and validated as a homicide following the discovery of new evidence.
With regards to the number of homicides validated in each calendar year, some of these have been later no crimed but these have been included in the table above as some investigation will have been conducted before identifying that a crime was not committed.

2. What was the total number of homicide investigations that were being actively investigated in each of those calendar years (2008 to 2018?)
Homicides Total
2008 6
2009 9
2010 5
2011 7
2012 3
2013 7
2014 9
2015 4
2016 10
2017 8
2018 17
PLEASE NOTE the information provided relates to validated crimes NOT investigations as we do not record investigations.
Additionally it should be noted that the number of homicides that were live in each calendar year (includes no crimes) that have been live at some point in the year.

3. In each of those calendar years (2008-2018) how many detectives were actively working in the murder investigation teams? If possible, can you list by rank?
4. In each of those calendar years how many Crime SIOs did you have working in the force on a specialist murder team? If possible, can you also break down by rank?
a) Below is all of the information we have been able to retrieve with regards to personnel actively working in murder investigation teams, we have only been able to retrieve data since 2013 due to changes in case management systems.

Constable Sergeant Inspector Chief Inspector Superintendent PCSO
2013 10 4 0 0 1 1
2014 28 6 0 0 0 0
2015 10 3 0 0 0 0
2016 2 2 0 0 0 0
2017 9 3 1 1 0 0
2018 7 3 1 1 0 0

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Yours sincerely,

Ms E McGuigan
Freedom of Information Decision Maker
Directorate of Standards and Ethics
Cleveland Community Safety Hub | 1 Cliffland Way | Hemlington | TS8 9GL
Tel: 01642 306832 or 01642 306825
E-mail: [Cleveland Police request email]

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