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Missing persons - 71/18

Date Responded 12 February 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:

‘I am writing to request information about the level of risk assigned to missing persons cases on the initial report in your police force area. I would like to be provided with data for the calendar year

2016, 1st January — 31st December inclusive. I am interested in identifying the level of risk initially assigned to cases i.e. no apparent risk (absent), low risk, medium risk and high risk and having thisdata broken down by gender, age group and ethnicity.’ 

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 with the Corporate Development Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police. 

To note, and as further explanation, the cases of children 0-9 recorded in the ‘Low risk’ table are correctly categorised due to information know by the police at the time.  This includes recorded in error- not actually missing, incorrect date of birth on recording system, moved from area, and delay in return from holiday.

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. 

With the above in mind I am able to disclose the located information to you as attached. 

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