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Date Responded 31 August 2023

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:

How many incidents on your system received a flag for 'fentanyl', 'synthetic opioid' or 'fentanyl analogue' in your Police Force in the years:

a) 2023
b) 2022
c) 2021
d) 2020
e) 2019
f) 2018
g) 2017

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 by Northumbria Police.

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




















The below should be noted when viewing the figures above:

• The data has been taken from Force Systems but has not been reviewed and shows all incidents that have either the keyword 'Fentanyl', 'synthetic Opioid' or 'fentanyl analogue'.

• As with any keyword search, the search will only return exact matches within the incident description or incident comments. This does not account for differences in terminology and/or spelling used. If the terms are not used within the incident description or comments screens the incident will not be identified.

• Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

• The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.





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