Statistics on suspects released under investigation

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BBC Shared Data Unit

Dear Cleveland Police,

We are requesting some information under the Freedom of Information Act. Please provide the following:

1.) How many people did your force release on pre-charge police bail between 3rd April 2016 and 2nd April 2017? Please breakdown the numbers for your force by the nature of the offences for which the individual was under investigation eg rape, burglary
2.) How many people did your force release on pre-charge police bail between 3rd April 2017 and 2nd April 2018? Please breakdown the numbers for your force by the nature of the offences for which the individual was under investigation eg rape, burglary
3. How many people did your force ‘release under investigation’ by the police between 3rd April 2017 and 2nd April 2018? Please breakdown the numbers for your force by the nature of the offences for which the individual was under investigation eg rape, burglary
4.) How many people did your force ‘release under investigation' by the police between 3rd April 2018 and 2nd April 2019? Please breakdown the numbers for your force by the nature of the offences for which the individual was under investigation eg rape, burglary
5.) Between April 3 2016 and April 2 2018, what was the average length of time someone spent on pre-charge police bail for your force in days?
6.) Between April 3 2017 and April 2 2019, what was the average length of time someone was ‘released under investigation’ for your force in days?
7.) Please state the longest period in days someone spent having been ‘released under investigation’ before being charged or being released with no further action being taken, between 3rd April 2017 and 2nd April 2019.
8.) How many people are currently ‘released under investigation’ by your force?
9.) Of the total number of people ‘released under investigation’ between 3rd April 2017 and 2nd April 2019, how many were released with no further action being taken and how many were charged? Please breakdown the numbers for your force by the nature of the offences for which the individual was charged or for which the individual was originally investigated, before being released with no further action being taken.
10.) Can you please provide all of these data in either an .xls/.xlsx/.csv file format?

If you cannot provide the full breakdown of information we have requested, please contact us to discuss what information you could supply at the earliest opportunity on 0121 567 6299.

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Please send us the information by email. Please provide us with a summary of the information we have requested.

We look forward to hearing from you promptly, and at any rate, within the statutory time limit of 20 working days from your receipt of this email.

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Please note that if this request for FoI disclosure is refused, we reserve the right to take up the matter with the Information Commissioner and/or to pursue all legal avenues of appeal. We trust this will not be necessary.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Yours faithfully,

BBC Shared Data Unit

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Freedom of Information, Cleveland Police

Dear BBC Shared Data Unit (via whatdotheyknow.com),

We have received your request and note that there is no name on the request, I therefore draw your attention to Section 8 (1) (b).

Under the Freedom of Information Act Section 8 (1) (b) states
(1) In this Act any reference to a ‘request for information’ is a reference to such a request which-
(a) is in writing,
(b) states the name of the applicant and an address for correspondence, and (c) describes the information requested.
(2) For the purposes of subsection (1)(a), a request is to be treated as made in writing where the text of the request –
(a) is transmitted by electronic means,
(b) is received in legible form, and
(c) is capable of being used for subsequent reference.
Clearly, most written requests for information received by a force are likely to be FOIA requests and by law must be treated as such. This includes requests made via social networking sites providing they fulfil the s8 criteria.

We request that you provide us with a full name so that we can log this request and start the process of retrieving the information, if held.
Please note we will not start this process until we receive the requested information.

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
E-mail: [Cleveland Police request email]

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BBC Shared Data Unit

Dear Freedom of Information,

Further to your correspondence the contact names for this request are Andrew Nowell and Alex Homer. We can be contacted on 0121 567 6299 or by email at [email address]

I trust this is satisfactory. Please let us know if you require any further clarification.

Yours sincerely,

BBC Shared Data Unit

Freedom of Information, Cleveland Police

Dear Mr Nowell and Mr/Ms Homer ,

Enquiry Ref: 11680/2020

I acknowledge receipt of your request for information dated 22nd January and your response to our request for name/s of requester received on 27th January 2020.

As set out by the Freedom of Information Act it will be our aim to respond to your request within 20 working days that is by 24th February 2020. In some cases, however, we may be unable to achieve this deadline and would hope to contact you should this be the case.

Please note the ‘working day’ is defined as any day other than a Saturday, a Sunday, or a day which is a bank holiday in any part of the United Kingdom. The first reckonable day is the first working day after receipt.

If you have any questions regarding your request please contact this office.

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
E-mail: [Cleveland Police request email]

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Freedom of Information, Cleveland Police

Dear Mr Nowell & Mr Horner

Enquiry Ref: 11680/2020

I am writing in respect of your Freedom of Information request that was due to be answered on 24th February 2020. The Department dealing with your request is currently experiencing staffing issues and have a backlog of requests.

Due to this issue we are unable to provide you with a response at this time, they are working overtime to try and rectify the backlog however they do get the majority of requests to deal with. Please accept our apologies and be assured we will endeavour to provide answers to your request as soon as possible.

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
E-mail: [Cleveland Police request email]

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Freedom of Information, Cleveland Police

Dear Mr Nowell

 

Enquiry Reference: 
11680-20                                                                                                              
              

 

I write in connection with regards to your request received in this office
on 27^th January.  Please accept our apologies for the late response due
to issues in that department.  I note you seek the following:

 

1.) How many people did your force release on pre-charge police bail
between 3rd April 2016 and 2nd April 2017? Please breakdown the numbers
for your force by the nature of the offences for which the individual was
under investigation eg rape, burglary

 

a) 225 persons

+--------------------------------------------+
|All Other Theft Offences |22 |
|---------------------------------+----------|
|Arson |3 |
|---------------------------------+----------|
|Burglary Business and Community |25 |
|---------------------------------+----------|
|Burglary Residential |19 |
|---------------------------------+----------|
|Criminal Damage |24 |
|---------------------------------+----------|
|Drug Possession |21 |
|---------------------------------+----------|
|Drug Trafficking |9 |
|---------------------------------+----------|
|Misc Crimes Against Society |3 |
|---------------------------------+----------|
|Other Sexual Offences |7 |
|---------------------------------+----------|
|Public Order Offences |17 |
|---------------------------------+----------|
|Rape |10 |
|---------------------------------+----------|
|Robbery |8 |
|---------------------------------+----------|
|Shoplifting |24 |
|---------------------------------+----------|
|Stalking and Harassment |4 |
|---------------------------------+----------|
|Vehicle Offences |20 |
|---------------------------------+----------|
|Violence With Injury |59 |
|---------------------------------+----------|
|Violence Without Injury |26 |
|---------------------------------+----------|
|Other   |107 |
|---------------------------------+----------|
|Total |408 |
+--------------------------------------------+

 

2.) How many people did your force release on pre-charge police bail
between 3rd April 2017 and 2nd April 2018? Please breakdown the numbers
for your force by the nature of the offences for which the individual was
under investigation eg rape, burglary 3. How many people did your force
‘release under investigation’ by the police between 3rd April 2017 and 2nd
April 2018? Please breakdown the numbers for your force by the nature of
the offences for which the individual was under investigation eg rape,
burglary

 

a) 235 persons

+--------------------------------------------+
|All Other Theft Offences |3 |
|---------------------------------+----------|
|Arson |15 |
|---------------------------------+----------|
|Burglary Business and Community |2 |
|---------------------------------+----------|
|Burglary Residential |14 |
|---------------------------------+----------|
|Criminal Damage |33 |
|---------------------------------+----------|
|Drug Possession |4 |
|---------------------------------+----------|
|Misc Crimes Against Society |8 |
|---------------------------------+----------|
|NFIB Fraud |4 |
|---------------------------------+----------|
|Other Sexual Offences |19 |
|---------------------------------+----------|
|Public Order Offences |23 |
|---------------------------------+----------|
|Rape |47 |
|---------------------------------+----------|
|Robbery |7 |
|---------------------------------+----------|
|Stalking and Harassment |33 |
|---------------------------------+----------|
|Vehicle Offences |5 |
|---------------------------------+----------|
|Violence With Injury |117 |
|---------------------------------+----------|
|Violence Without Injury |83 |
|---------------------------------+----------|
|Other   |25 |
|---------------------------------+----------|
|Total |442 |
+--------------------------------------------+

 

3) How many people did your force ‘release under investigation' by the
police between 3rd April 2018 and 2nd April 2019? Please breakdown the
numbers for your force by the nature of the offences for which the
individual was under investigation eg rape, burglary

 

a) 2650 persons

+---------------------------------------------------------------+
|All Other Theft Offences |196 |
|---------------------------------------------------+-----------|
|Arson |36 |
|---------------------------------------------------+-----------|
|Bicycle Theft |18 |
|---------------------------------------------------+-----------|
|Burglary Business and Community |159 |
|---------------------------------------------------+-----------|
|Burglary Residential |333 |
|---------------------------------------------------+-----------|
|Criminal Damage |299 |
|---------------------------------------------------+-----------|
|Death or serious injury caused by illegal driving |10 |
|---------------------------------------------------+-----------|
|Drug Possession |296 |
|---------------------------------------------------+-----------|
|Drug Trafficking |283 |
|---------------------------------------------------+-----------|
|Homicide |4 |
|---------------------------------------------------+-----------|
|Misc Crimes Against Society |213 |
|---------------------------------------------------+-----------|
|NFIB Fraud |57 |
|---------------------------------------------------+-----------|
|Other Sexual Offences |97 |
|---------------------------------------------------+-----------|
|Public Order Offences |227 |
|---------------------------------------------------+-----------|
|Rape |174 |
|---------------------------------------------------+-----------|
|Robbery |143 |
|---------------------------------------------------+-----------|
|Shoplifting |293 |
|---------------------------------------------------+-----------|
|Stalking and Harassment |108 |
|---------------------------------------------------+-----------|
|Theft From The Person |22 |
|---------------------------------------------------+-----------|
|Vehicle Offences |377 |
|---------------------------------------------------+-----------|
|Violence With Injury |531 |
|---------------------------------------------------+-----------|
|Violence Without Injury |337 |
|---------------------------------------------------+-----------|
|Weapons Possession Offences |103 |
|---------------------------------------------------+-----------|
|Other   |1065 |
|---------------------------------------------------+-----------|
|Total |5381 |
+---------------------------------------------------------------+

 

4.) Between April 3 2016 and April 2 2018, what was the average length of
time someone spent on pre-charge police bail for your force in days?

 

a) 3608 persons

+---------------------------------------------------------------+
|All Other Theft Offences |300 |
|---------------------------------------------------+-----------|
|Arson |30 |
|---------------------------------------------------+-----------|
|Bicycle Theft |20 |
|---------------------------------------------------+-----------|
|Burglary Business and Community |203 |
|---------------------------------------------------+-----------|
|Burglary Residential |419 |
|---------------------------------------------------+-----------|
|Criminal Damage |452 |
|---------------------------------------------------+-----------|
|Death or serious injury caused by illegal driving |4 |
|---------------------------------------------------+-----------|
|Drug Possession |527 |
|---------------------------------------------------+-----------|
|Drug Trafficking |313 |
|---------------------------------------------------+-----------|
|Homicide |23 |
|---------------------------------------------------+-----------|
|Misc Crimes Against Society |223 |
|---------------------------------------------------+-----------|
|NFIB Fraud |75 |
|---------------------------------------------------+-----------|
|Other Sexual Offences |140 |
|---------------------------------------------------+-----------|
|Public Order Offences |345 |
|---------------------------------------------------+-----------|
|Rape |191 |
|---------------------------------------------------+-----------|
|Robbery |176 |
|---------------------------------------------------+-----------|
|Shoplifting |414 |
|---------------------------------------------------+-----------|
|Stalking and Harassment |209 |
|---------------------------------------------------+-----------|
|Theft From The Person |24 |
|---------------------------------------------------+-----------|
|Vehicle Offences |430 |
|---------------------------------------------------+-----------|
|Violence With Injury |872 |
|---------------------------------------------------+-----------|
|Violence Without Injury |576 |
|---------------------------------------------------+-----------|
|Weapons Possession Offences |238 |
|---------------------------------------------------+-----------|
|Other   |1530 |
|---------------------------------------------------+-----------|
|Total |7734 |
+---------------------------------------------------------------+

 

5.) Between April 3 2017 and April 2 2019, what was the average length of
time someone was ‘released under investigation’ for your force in days?

6.) Please state the longest period in days someone spent having been
‘released under investigation’ before being charged or being released with
no further action being taken, between 3rd April 2017 and 2nd April 2019.

7) How many people are currently ‘released under investigation’ by your
force?

a)  2374

8.) Of the total number of people ‘released under investigation’ between
3rd April 2017 and 2nd April 2019, how many were released with no further
action being taken and how many were charged? Please breakdown the numbers
for your force by the nature of the offences for which the individual was
charged or for which the individual was originally investigated, before
being released with no further action being taken.

9.) Can you please provide all of these data in either an .xls/.xlsx/.csv
file format?

 

Section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) places two duties
on public authorities. Unless exemptions apply, the first duty at Section
1 (1) (a) is to confirm or deny whether the information specified in a
request is held. The second duty at Sec 1(1) (b) is to disclose
information that has been confirmed as being held. Where exemptions are
relied upon s17 of FOIA requires that we provide the applicant with a
notice which: a) states that fact b) specifies the exemption(s) in
question and c) states (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the
exemption applies.

 

Having made enquiries within the Force to supply the answers to questions
5, 6 and 8, due to the nature of our recording systems the information
requested, if held, is not in an easily retrievable format. Our
information retrieval process generally relies on a computer ran report
which captures any information recorded upon the surface of a record.
Where relevant information is held deeper in a record a manual assessment
is usually required to retrieve that information. In this instance it is
not recorded at the case management system level therefore to determine
such detail would require a manual search through all the records to
ascertain the information pertinent to your request and it is estimated
that this would take in excess of the appropriate time stipulated by the
Secretary for Constitutional Affairs, Lord Falconer on the 18th Of October
2004, that is, eighteen hours. This falls under the exemption of
'Compliance exceeding the appropriate limit' covered by Section 12 (1) of
the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and as such this work could not be
undertaken.

 

However as a gesture of goodwill outside of the act we have provided the
information that was retrieved before it was realised that other questions
would take over the time limit.  The analyst has stated that total number
of person and the total number of crimes (at the bottom of each table)
will not match as there will be multiple crimes per some of the people in
the time period specified.

 

Please note that all statistical data supplied in relation to Freedom of
Information requests is a snapshot of data held at the time the request
was received by the Freedom of Information office and is subject to
constant change/updates.

 

The Cleveland Police response to your request is unique and it should be
noted that Police Forces do not use generic systems or identical
procedures to capture and record data therefore responses from Cleveland
Police should not be used as a comparison with any other force response
you receive.

 

If you are not satisfied with this response or any actions taken in
dealing with your request you have the right to request an independent
internal review of your case under our review procedure. The APP College
of Policing guidance states that a request for internal review should be
made within 20 working days of the date on this response or 40 working
days if extenuating circumstances to account for the delay can be
evidenced.

 

If I can be of any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact
this office.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Mrs M Johnson

Freedom of Information Decision Maker

Department of Standard & Ethics | 1 Cliffland Way | Hemlington | TS8 9GL

 

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Please do not use social media or email to report crime as we do not
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us section of our website for all reporting options.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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