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Stop & Account, Stop & Search and Vehicle Stops - 984/20

Date Responded 22 July 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:


1. Statistics broken down by year and by ethnicity for the last five years (April to March) for each of the following:

a) Stop and Account
b) Stop and Search
c) Vehicle Stops

2. Please can you tell me the total population for your policing area broken down by year for the last five years (April to March)

3. Please can you tell me the total population broken down by year and by ethnicity for your policing area for the last five years (April to March)

4. If any of the data I’m asking for above isn’t available I’d be grateful to know why and how you record data from stop and account, stop and search and vehicle stops.

I am aware that the Metropolitan Police are required to record stop and accounts on the force intelligence system so I’m assuming the data I've asked for is available in all police forces.

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Corporate Development 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.

  1. Stop and Account

Ethnic Appearance

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

2019/20

Total

Asian

228

131

64

30

24

477

Black

146

108

25

18

17

314

Chinese, Japanese, South East Asian

18

22

4

 

3

47

Middle Eastern

18

11

4

1

5

39

White - North European

26,037

17,047

9,595

3,451

3,276

59,406

White - South European

81

64

32

13

28

218

Other/Unknown

87

81

2,255

2,290

2,204

6,917

Total

26,615

17,464

11,979

5,803

5,557

67,418

 

Stop and Search

Ethnic Appearance

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

2019/20

Total

Asian

227

136

175

159

267

964

Black

123

82

84

90

145

524

Chinese, Japanese, South East Asian

8

2

 

2

1

13

Middle Eastern

12

15

13

8

11

59

White - North European

6,653

3,453

2,602

2,611

4,732

20,051

White - South European

56

29

54

39

117

295

Other/Unknown

39

18

13

24

36

130

Total

7,118

3,735

2,941

2,933

5,309

22,036

 

Vehicle Stops

Ethnic Appearance

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

2019/20

Total

Asian

70

43

15

10

42

180

Black

4

4

4

4

9

25

Chinese, Japanese, South East Asian

1

       

1

Middle Eastern

2

2

3

   

7

White - North European

612

323

122

101

199

1,357

White - South European

2

4

4

 

10

20

Other/Unknown

1

4

5

3

5

18

Total

692

380

153

118

265

1,608

 

2&3.  As the information requested at both points 2 and 3 is accessible by other means I have not provided you with a copy of the information and will rely on Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  You should therefore consider this a refusal for those parts your request.

I have provided an explanation to this exemption below.

Section 21 (1) - Information accessible by other means

Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant is exempt information.

This information is freely available from the Office for National Statistic website.  I have provided a link below to the website, from this you will be able to extract the data regarding populations you require.

https://www.ons.gov.uk/

4. N/A.

 

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