Detainees under MHA - 913/21

Date Responded 03 September 2021

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:

For the 2019-20 and the 2020-21 financial years, please tell me:

  1. The number of people detained under the Mental Health Act, broken down by officer-perceived ethnicity
  2. The type of vehicle officers used to transport those detained to a place of safety, broken down by officer-perceived ethnicity.  Please split these by ambulance, police vehicle, other health vehicle, other, not known, or none (already at a place of safety).
  3. The place of safety used for those detained, broken down by officer-perceived ethnicity.  Please split these by police station, A&E, private home, health based place of safety, other, and not known.
  4. For those people transported using a police vehicle, please specify whether an ambulance was requested, broken down by officer perceived ethnicity. 
  5. For those people detained and taken to a police station, please specify the reason for the police station being used, broken down by officer perceived ethnicity.  For instance in England, officers may take a person to a police station as a place of safety if they are over 18 and their behaviour poses an imminent risk of serious injury or death to that person or others (abbreviated in Home Office data as 'conditions in Regulations were met').
  6. For those people detained and taken to a police station, please provide a breakdown of their officer perceived ethnicity and the duration in hours of their stay in the police station.
  7. For those people detained and taken to a police station, please provide a count of those who were arrested for committing an offence, broken down by officer perceived ethnicity.

For all ethnicity breakdowns, please use Home Office/ONS categorisations.  These consist of 'White', 'Black', 'Asian', 'Mixed', and 'Other'.  Please include Chinese persons in the category of Other.

In Response:

I am able to disclose the located information to you with the following caveats noted:

  • The data has been taken from a spreadsheet detailing the incidents of MHA detainees,
  • The only ethnicity data held is the self-defined ethnicity and the ethnicity breakdowns have been provided as they are recorded in the data.

For the information we can supply please see the attached.

Detainees under MHA - 913/21

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