Dear Sir or Madam,

Please could you provide me with as much of the following data as you have available:

1. The total number of searches carried out by the force under "stop and account" powers. Please supply this data by month, for as many months as are available.
2. A breakdown of the total number of "stop and account" searches by the subject's self-defined ethnicity. Please supply this data by month as above.

I understand that not all forces record "stop and account" searches, but I would be grateful for any data you do have.

Thank you for your attention, and please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like me to clarify this request.

Yours faithfully,

Anna Powell-Smith

Freedom of Information Mailbox, Northumbria Police

Ms Smith

You will need to supply search dates to allow us to progress your submission - ie for the year 2018.
Once this is received we can research accordingly.

Regards
FOI team

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Dear Freedom of Information Mailbox,

Thanks for the reply. Please supply for data for the past three years, if available.

Yours sincerely,

Anna Smith

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 15 May 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. The total number of searches carried out by the force under "stop and
account" powers. Please supply this data by month, for as many months as
are available.

2. A breakdown of the total number of "stop and account" searches by the
subject's self-defined ethnicity. Please supply this data by month as
above.

 

I understand that not all forces record "stop and account" searches, but I
would be grateful for any data you do have.

 

After we sought clarity on the search period you responded with the past 3
years, which we are interpreting to be 2016 -2018 inclusive

 

 

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 within
Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested
is held by Northumbria Police.

 

The data has been taken from the central database using the ‘stop and
search’ table to show the number of people who have been stopped and
searched.  I am able to disclose the located information to you as
attached.

 

 

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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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, attached.

 

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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.

Yours sincerely

 

Michael Cleugh

Data Protection and Disclosure Advisor

 

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Dear Freedom of Information Mailbox,

Thank you for your response.

I was incorrect in my initial request, for which apologies: I am interested in "stop and account" stops, not searches.

(By definition, "stop and account" does not involve searches, so I should have said "stops" rather than "searches".)

Does Northumbria Police use "stop and account" powers, and if so, do they record the number of stops made under these powers?

Yours sincerely,

Anna Smith

Freedom of Information Mailbox, Northumbria Police

Anna

As FOI 650/19 has been responded to any resubmission will be considered as a new request.
In order that we can take it forwards as such , and to avoid doubt as to what it is your now asking for, please outline in full what your resubmission is.

Regards
FOI team
www.northumbria.police.uk | www.northumbria-pcc.gov.uk

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'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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Dear Freedom of Information Mailbox,

Thanks. My new request is as follows. Sorry for the confusion.

Please could you provide me with data for the past three years on:

1. The total number of stops carried out by the force under "stop and account" powers. Please supply this data by month.
2. A breakdown of the total number of "stop and account" stops by the subject's self-defined ethnicity. Please supply this data by month as above.

I understand that not all forces record "stop and account" stops, but I would be grateful for any data you do have.

Thank you for your attention, and please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like me to clarify this request.

Yours sincerely,

Anna Smith

Freedom of Information Mailbox, Northumbria Police

2 Attachments

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

 

Thank you for your email dated 5 June 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:

 

I was incorrect in my initial request, for which apologies: I am
interested in "stop and account" stops, not searches.  (By definition,
"stop and account" does not involve searches, so I should have said
"stops" rather than "searches".)

 

Does Northumbria Police use "stop and account" powers, and if so, do they
record the number of stops made under these powers?

 

After we sought clarity on what your submission specifically was you
responded:

 

Please could you provide me with data for the past three years on:

 

1.     The total number of stops carried out by the force under "stop and
account" powers. Please supply this data by month.

2.     A breakdown of the total number of "stop and account" stops by the
subject's self-defined ethnicity. Please supply this data by month as
above.

 

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 within
Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested
is held by Northumbria Police.

 

I am able to disclose the located information to you as attached.

 

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...

 

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, attached.

 

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.

Yours sincerely

 

Michael Cleugh

Data Protection and Disclosure Advisor

 

[NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED]

 

'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.'

NORTHUMBRIA POLICE PRIVACY AND CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE The information
contained in this message and any attachment(s) is confidential and
intended only for the attention of the named organisation or individual to
whom it is addressed. The message may contain information that is covered
by legal, professional or other privilege. No mistake in transmission is
intended to waive or compromise any such privilege. This message has been
sent over public networks and the sender cannot be held responsible for
its integrity. If you are not the intended recipient be aware that any
disclosure, copying, distribution or action taken in reliance of the
information contained herein is strictly prohibited, and is contrary to
the provisions of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act, 1988 and of the
Data Protection Act, 2018. Any views expressed are those of the sender
and, unless specifically stated, do not necessarily represent the view of
Northumbria Police. We cannot accept any liability for any loss or damage
sustained as a result of software viruses. It is your responsibility to
carry out such virus checking as is necessary. If you have received this
message in error, please notify the sender by e-mail at once and delete
the message immediately. For more information about Northumbria Police
please visit our website - http://www.northumbria.police.uk

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