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Police Officers In Schools - 462/20

Date Responded 17 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:

The number of police officers deployed to schools, from 2015 to present? Please break the information down by year, and show which schools the officers are deployed to in what numbers. If you can’t break it down by school, geographical area would be acceptable.

In Response:

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, however cannot be disclosed for the following reasons.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

To establish a response to how many officers were deployed to schools during the period specified by your request would require approximately 24,770 incidents with a premise type containing the word "school" to be located and manually reviewed to establish how many officers were deployed.  Even at a conservative estimate of 2 minutes per record, which we have considered as reasonable, we have estimated that to extract this information would take over 825 hours, 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.

However, in order to provide you with some assistance, under Section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, an initial assessment of the information that may be provided within the time constraints would be the geographical areas of the schools officers were deployed to during the time period specified by your request.

If this would be useful, you may wish to refine and resubmit your request accordingly.

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