Strip Searches - 494/22

Date Responded 13 May 2022

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 people subject to strip searches in the last 5 years broken down by age and gender?

2. Specifically, how many children, broken down by age group if possible (for example, 10-12, 13-15, 16-17) were subjected to strip searches in this time?

3. The numbers of people subject to strip search in the last 5 years by ethnicity?

4. And specifically the number of children subject to strip search in this time broken down by ethnicity? (If possible please break down these figures by age group as well (for example, 10-12, 13-15, 16-17)).

After we sought clarity as to your time period you advised: Figures from 2016-2021 please.

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.

I am able to disclose the located information to you with the following caveats noted:

• The data has been presented in such a manner as to avoid the application of exemptions relevant under the Act (Section 40 – Personal Information) to withhold due to low numbers, and these will not be broken down further.

• The below figures are searches that were performed under Part 1. Section 1. Code A of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) 1984 - Code A deals with a police officer’s legal powers to search a person and or any vehicle prior to making any arrest.

1–2.

Strip Searches

2016-2021

Total

282

 

Age Group

2016-2021

13 – 15

3

16 – 17

6

Over 18

273

 

Gender

2016-2021

Female

51

Male

231

 

3.

Ethnicity

2016-2021

Asian or Asian British

32

Black or Black British

10

Chinese or other ethnic group

1

Mixed

4

Not stated

4

White

231

 

4.

Ethnicity

2016-2021

Asian or Asian British

2

Chinese or other ethnic group

1

White

6

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