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Stop and Searches - 531/20

Date Responded 29 April 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 Stop and Searches in the calendar years 2017 - 2020, inclusive to the present day, separated by ethnicity and reason for search.

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 in part by Northumbria Police.

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

Ethnicity

2017

2018

2019

2020

Asian

147

158

241

75

Black

77

102

120

37

Chinese, Japanese, South East Asian

 

2

 

1

Middle Eastern

9

10

12

2

Other/Unknown

13

24

27

12

White - North European

2619

2564

4157

1265

White - South European

48

47

103

21

         
         

Reason

2017

2018

2019

2020

Aviation Security Act 1982, section 24B

 

2

1

 

Criminal Justice Act 1988, section 139B

14

20

32

4

Crossbows Act 1987, section 4

 

1

 

 

Firearms Act 1968, section 47

19

45

45

3

Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, section 23

801

1428

2554

955

Other

8

 

 

 

Poaching Prevention Act 1862, section 2

4

5

14

9

Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, section 1

936

1380

1990

434

Psychoactive Substances Act 2016

44

20

14

5

S1-3 PACE

589

 

 

 

S23 Misuse of drugs

493

 

 

 

Section 60 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994

2

3

2

1

Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol etc.) Act 1985, section 7

1

 

6

1

Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, section 19

 

1

2

1

 

We shall neither confirm nor deny any further information is held and by doing so rely on the following exemption

Section 31(3) – Law Enforcement

This exemption is a qualified and prejudice based exemption and therefore the legislators accept that there may be harm if released into the public domain.  The authority has to consider and describe the harm that would occur if further information were released, and carry out a public interest test.  In accordance with best practice, I detail the harm first.

Harm

To confirm or deny any further information is held would disclose information that would be detrimental to law enforcement and could be used to the advantage of criminal or terrorists organisations. Information that undermines the operational integrity of stop and searches will adversely affect public safety, and have a negative impact on law enforcement. 

Public Interest Test

Factors Favouring Disclosure

Disclosure would lead to a better awareness for the community in relation to this topic area enabling informed public debate to be undertaken.

Factors against Disclosure

Information of this nature could jeopardise Law Enforcement, harm any individual or the wider public.  This would be to the detriment of the prevention or detection of crime, the apprehension of offenders and the administration of justice.

Balancing Test

Disclosure would undoubtedly compromise law enforcement for the reasons already outlined above.  Therefore, at this moment in time, it is our belief that the balance test lies in favour of neither confirming or denying any further information is or is not held in relation to this request.

None of the above can be viewed as an inference that any further information does or does not exist.

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