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.
The number of arrests for possession and possession with intent to supply, with the age of offender specified (I only require information for those aged between 14 and 28), and type of drug specified.
I require data for each of the financial years 2008/09 to 2017/18
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 attached with the below noted.
This is the number of arrests for possession and possession with intent to supply broken down by age of offender (where the offender is aged between 14 and 28) and type of drug. The age is the age of offender at the time of arrest. The type of drug has been established by the offence description e.g. if the offender was arrested for "Having possession of a controlled drug Amphetamine," the drug type would be Amphetamine. Note that is the offence thought to be committed at time of arrest.
Please note, arrest is now only one of a number of possible methods of dealing with drugs possession, depending on the circumstances of the incident. This is a contributing factor to the numbers of arrests dropping significantly over the period of this request. Options available to the Police continue to evolve to best serve the public, voluntary attendance at a police station in this case particularly, would account for a significant amount of those not now arrested.