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Mental Health - 1282/20

Date Responded 14 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 the following data by quarter for the period of the calendar year 2015 to the first quarter of 2020 (January 2015 – March 2020), broken down by quarter.

  1. Police incidents involving mental health
  2. Details of quantity, length and type of training provided to police officers regarding mental health related incidents

In Response:

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, however cannot be disclosed for the following reasons.

The information requested is not held centrally nor is it held in a format that would allow its extraction within the permitted 18 hour threshold.  This is particularly relevant at point 2 which has been estimated as pushing this submission well over the 18 hour threshold due to the amount of work that would be needed to establish a response at each point and then to present by quarter years for the time period requested.  As we have estimated that to extract this information alone would take over 18 hours, Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act would apply.  This section does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimated that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit of 18 hours, equating to £450.00

However, although excess cost removes Northumbria Police's obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, as a gesture of goodwill I have supplied information below, relative to your request at point 1, retrieved or available before it was realised that the fees limit would be exceeded.  I trust this is helpful, but it does not affect our legal right to rely on the fees regulations for the remainder of your request.

To note:

The figures from 01/04/2019 have significantly increased, this is due to a change in the way we record the data, before 01/04/2019 the recording process only allowed two flags relating to the type of incident and in some cases mental health incidents may not have been recorded.  From 01/04/2019 we record mental health incidents in a different way, this accounts for the apparent rise in the number of incidents.

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

1.

Year/Quarter

Count

2015 - Quarter 1

2,222

2015 - Quarter 2

2,416

2015 - Quarter 3

2,482

2015 - Quarter 4

1,993

2016 - Quarter 1

1,989

2016 - Quarter 2

2,154

2016 - Quarter 3

2,276

2016 - Quarter 4

2,067

2017 - Quarter 1

2,037

2017 - Quarter 2

2,145

2017 - Quarter 3

2,032

2017 - Quarter 4

2,013

2018 - Quarter 1

1,942

2018 - Quarter 2

2,340

2018 - Quarter 3

2,408

2018 - Quarter 4

2,141

2019 - Quarter 1

2,119

2019 - Quarter 2

5,724

2019 - Quarter 3

5,685

2019 - Quarter 4

5,251

2020 - Quarter 1

5,354

 

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