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Police Detentions/Interviews - 459/20

Date Responded 30 March 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 am seeking up-to-date information about the proportion of police detentions/interviews of suspects and voluntary interviews in which an appropriate adult (As defined by the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 Codes of Practice, principally Code C paragraphs 3.15 and 3.21)  was provided and for whom legal advice was obtained as recorded by officers for both adults and juveniles (As defined by the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 Code of Practice C paragraph 1.5 as anyone under the age of 18 ) 

I would be grateful if you could provide the following data for your force area, for the period of the year to 9 March 2020 – This being clarified to 10/3/19 to 9/3/20. :

1  Please indicate the following in relation to everyone (adults and juveniles):

                                                            Authorised Detentions            Interviews Under Arrest    Voluntary Interviews   Information not routinely collected

Total Number                                      

Appropriate Adult Provided                                         

Legal Advice Obtained                                                

2  Please indicate the following in relation to juveniles:

                                                            Authorised Detentions            Interviews Under Arrest    Voluntary Interviews               Information not routinely collected

Total Number                                      

Looked After Children *                                               

Appropriate Adult Provided                                         

Legal Advice Obtained                                                

(*As defined by the Children’s Act 1989 section 22)

3  Please indicate who acted as the appropriate adult for the juveniles:

                                                Parent/Guardian          Social Worker             YOT Worker    Local Authority Emergency Duty Team          Volunteer            Other (please specify)

Authorised Detentions                                                             

Interviews Under Arrest                                                                      

Voluntary Interviews                                                               

Information not routinely collected                                                                  

4  Please indicate the ethnicity of the juveniles:

                                                            Asian   Black   Mixed  Gypsy/Romany            White

Authorised Detentions                                                 

Interviews Under Arrest                                                          

Voluntary Interviews                                                   

Information not routinely collected                                                      

5  Please indicate the gender of the juveniles:

                                                                        Male    Female            Transgender    Transvestite    Gender neutral            Other

Authorised Detentions                                                             

Interviews Under Arrest                                                                      

Voluntary Interviews                                                               

Information not routinely collected                                                                  

6  I can see that your website provides some guidance relating to voluntary interviews. Do you have any further documents? If so, please could you attach them.

 

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted within Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held in part by Northumbria Police, however cannot be disclosed for the following reasons.

The information requested is not already held statistically nor is it held in a format that allows its extraction within the permitted 18 hour threshold.

Northumbria Police have approximately 2500 authorised detentions per month.  Each of these records would require manual review to extract the information you are asking for.

Even at a conservative estimate of 10 minutes per record, which we have considered as reasonable, we have estimated that to locate, extract and compile this information would take over 416 hours for a one month period, therefore 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

You should consider this to be a refusal notice under Section 17 of the Act for your request.

When applying Section 12 exemption our duty to assist under Section 16 of the Act would normally entail that we contact you to determine whether it is possible to refine the scope of your request to bring it within the cost limits. However, from the information we have outlined above I see no reasonable way in which we can do so.

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