Scanning Devices - 225/20

Date Responded 18 February 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:

  1. The number of police stations within your police force
  2. The number of microchip scanning devices (such as; Halo Microchip Scanners) currently within your police force’s possession.

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Operations Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

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

  1. As the information you have requested at this point of your request is accessible by other means I have not provided you with a copy of the information and will rely on Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. You should therefore consider this a refusal for your request.

I have provided an explanation to this exemption below.

Section 21 (1) - Information accessible by other means

Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant is exempt information.

This information is freely available on the Northumbria Police website under ‘police stations’


2. We are assuming that the devices you refer to are for dogs and our response is in line with that assumption.

Northumbria Police have 3 scanners

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