Date Responded 11 September 2020

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:

I would like to request information on operation oak that runs through Newcastle university and police. Operation oak is a special operation with it's own phone number and unit.

  1. I want to know how many calls oak received with complaints about anti-social behaviour in the last 12 months with a monthly breakdown.
  2. How many texts oak received with complaints about anti-social behaviour in the last 12 months with a monthly breakdown.
  3. Out of the 2 above I would like to know how many cases were prosecuted?
  4. What penalties were enforced. Example being was there any criminal prosecutions derived from oaks involvement.  As in fine or anti-social behaviour orders ?  Or any other criminal charges brought.

In Response:

As you are aware Operation Oak is an operation to assist with student ASB in the Jesmond, Heaton, Sandyford and Ouseburn areas during the academic year and depending on demand and events, it can operate  either every night of the week, only Friday and Saturdays or Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays, normal operating hours are 2200 – 0400 or 2300 – 0500.  Operation Oak residents are aware when the operation is running and have a dedicated phone number which to call or text, however there is no requirement to solely use that number.

When officers create an incident there is nothing to differentiate if they have received the information via text or phone call on the Operation Oak phone or come across the party on patrol.  Also due to storage capabilities of the dedicated Operation Oak phone details of calls / text messages are regularly deleted which also complies with Data Protection legislation on the retention of call data.  Normally incident logs are created as Operation Oak, noisy student party or ASB but this is not always the case and as such figures would not be accurate.

May we suggest that you submit a revised request as follows, which should result in a much more positive response:

  1. During the last 12 months how many reports of ASB have been received for the footbeats which contain the areas of Jesmond, Heaton, Sandyford and Ouseburn, which mention “student” within the first three lines of the incident report.
  2. Please provide the outcomes of the above incidents.
  3. What penalties were enforced, for example were there any criminal prosecutions derived as in fine or anti-social behaviour orders?  Or any other criminal charges brought.?

If you are agreeable to the above suggestion please resubmit your request and this will be processed accordingly.

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