Missing persons - 1040/21

Date Responded 13 August 2021

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. The number of missing people reported to Northumbria Police from March 2020 to 26/07/21 and their ethnicity.
2. Of these missing people reports, I would also like a breakdown of whether they were actioned by police within 24, 48 or up to 72 hours, with a further breakdown by ethnicity.
3. I would also like a breakdown by ethnicity of the initial level of perceived risk (high, medium or low) under which each report was categorised.
4. How many people reported missing between March 2020 and 26/07/21 were found with a breakdown by ethnicity.

After we sought clarity you advised:

“To clarify, where I referred to ‘actioned by police’, I meant when the police acted in response to the missing persons report submitted, so when an assessment of the level of risk is made based on the information supplied.
I’m also referring to the number of individual missing persons reports made to Northumbria Police from March 2020 to 26th July 2021.”

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.

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.

The data will include multiple counts of people who have been reported missing more than once

With all the above noted I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

 

1.

Ethnicity

Count

Afro/Caribbean

257

Arabian

36

Asian

210

Dark European

108

Mixed Heritage

223

Oriental

19

White European

15,198

Unknown

720

Total

16,771

 

2. Once a call is received regarding a missing person it is risk assessed at that point, and therefore actioned at the time of call.  Any further actions will be prioritised according to current workloads and will happen as soon as resources allow.

3.

Ethnicity

High

Medium

Low

Absent

Total

Afro/Caribbean

5

196

56

-

257

Arabian

-

32

4

-

36

Asian

2

162

44

2

210

Dark European

-

85

23

-

108

Mixed Heritage

1

204

17

1

223

Oriental

-

15

4

-

19

White European

214

12,828

2,089

67

15,198

Unknown

12

619

85

4

720

Total

234

14,141

2,322

74

16,771

 

4.

Ethnicity

High

Low

Medium

Absent

Total

Afro/Caribbean

5

53

196

-

254

Arabian

-

4

32

-

36

Asian

2

37

162

2

203

Dark European

-

22

85

-

107

Mixed Heritage

1

17

204

1

223

Oriental

-

3

15

-

18

White European

214

2,063

12,826

67

15,170

Unknown

12

82

618

4

716

Total

234

2,281

14,138

74

16,727

 

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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