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Assaults on Police Officers - 585/18

Date Responded 26 June 2018

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

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. How many attacks on police officers have there been?

2. If possible, could I get details of the attack (if that isn't available, don't worry) - 

Please could I get a breakdown for the figures, separately, for the years 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 (so far)? 

In Response:

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 with the Corporate Development Department of 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 follows. 

1.

Any crime created between 01/01/2015 and 11/06/2018 which meet the following criteria has been included;

- Falls under Home Office code 104/23 (Assault without injury on a constable)

or

- Falls under Home Office code 104/30 (Assault on a constable)

and/or

- One of the three method/means fields contains ASP (assault police)

and/or

- The crime has been flagged as an assault on a police officer 

The results of the searches for the crimes recorded above are as follows; 

Year         No. of Crimes 

2015         684

2016         621

2017         683

2018         360 

Total        2348 

2.  This part of your request has been disregarded as to provide would have required the review of each of the 2348 crimes.  This would have far exceeded the permitted 18 hour threshold and therefore your whole request would have been refused under section 12. 

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