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Date Responded 06 March 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:

PART A - For each of the following financial years 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16: General

1.         How many emergency calls have you received in total (i.e. for any reason)?

2.         Of this total number of emergency calls, how many resulted in police officers being called out to respond?

 Mental health

3.         How many emergency calls have you received relating to mental health?

4.         Of this total number of emergency calls relating to mental health, how many resulted in police officers being called out to respond?

 Learning disabilities

5.         How many emergency calls have you received relating to people with learning disabilities or differences?

6.         Of this total number of emergency calls relating to learning difficulties/differences, how many resulted in police officers being called out to respond?

 Mental Health Act 1983

7.         How many section 136 Mental Health Act 1983 detentions were conducted by officers?

8.         Of the total number of section 136s, please provide a breakdown by ethnicity of how many resulted in detainees being taken to (a) a police station/ custody suite and (b) to an alternative place of safety.

 PART B - Force assessment of mental health encounters

 9.         What is your force’s overall assessment of the proportion of police encounters with the public that relate to mental health? In other words, how much of police time is spent on issues relating to mental health?

10.       Similarly, what is your overall assessment of the proportion of police encounters with the public that relate to people with learning difficulties?

11.       How have these figures been calculated?

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 within Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

 Questions 1 to 8.  I am able to disclose the located information to you as attached.

 9-11 No information held.  We do not calculate police time spent on issues relating to mental health, or indeed any other issues, nor do we calculate the proportion of police encounters with the public that relate to people with learning difficulties.  Additionally you should note that it would not always be possible that an officer could  determine if an individual has a learning difficulty.

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