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Date Responded 22 May 2019

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. The number of crimes that police have recorded as taking place in a school or on school grounds, where the main offence was recorded as a student physically assaulting a teacher.
  2. The number of crimes that police have recorded as taking place in a school or on school grounds, where the main offence was a student making a threat to kill a teacher.

Please provide me with figures for both requests 1 and 2 covering the periods:

i) May 2014 - April 2015

ii) May 2015 - April 2016

iii) May 2016 - April 2017

iv) May 2017 - April 2018

v) May 2018 - present

If you do not have data specifically for teachers, please provide data for all staff members.

If it is likely that my request will exceed time and cost limits, please focus on the years:

iii) May 2016 - April 2017

iv) May 2017 - April 2018

v) May 2018 - present

In Response:

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 in part by Northumbria Police, however cannot be disclosed for the following reasons.

The information requested, particularly at point 1,  is not already held statistically and is not held in a format that allows its extraction within the permitted 18 hour threshold.

A manual review of all assaults where the location was recorded as either school premises or classroom would be required.  Initial searches by those locations for a two year period alone have brought back in excess of 900 offences for Violence against the person. (It should be noted that when using location types, the crimes may not have anything to do with the business carried out at the premise, rather it just occurred at that location type. for example, the crime may have occurred in the grounds during the weekend when the property was closed.)  Even at a conservative estimate of 3 minutes per record, which we have considered as reasonable, we have estimated that to extract t information for that two year period alone would take over 45 hours, therefore Section 12(1) 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.

As part of your request would exceed the prescribed limit, as defined by the Act, there is no requirement for Northumbria Police to provide a response to the remaining parts of your request. However, in order to provide you with some assistance, under Section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, an initial assessment of the information that may be provided within the time constraints would be question 2, as this is a specific offence.

If this would be useful, you may wish to refine and resubmit your request accordingly.

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