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.
1) How many crime reports in the last 2 calendar years have been 'screened out' or closed without investigation on the same day they were reported? Please can you break this down by year (2017 and as many months of 2018 as you have so far), and say which category the crime report fell into:
- vehicle offences
- arson and criminal damage
- public order offence
- violence against the person
- misc crimes against society
- possession of weapons
- sexual offences
- drug offences
- other accepted crime
By 'screened out', I mean cases where a crime reference number was issued but no subsequent investigation or follow-up was ever carried out. This can be after an initial/ primary assessment to identify those that are more likely to be solvable.
We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.
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 not held by Northumbria Police.
We are unable to answer this request as we can only provide the screening status of the crime as of the day the data was extracted. The screening status can change at any point – a crime which was initially screened out may be screened in if and when new information becomes available. We would not be able to establish if a crime which is now screened in has previously been screened out. Also, we can’t identify those which have been screened out on the same day as they were reported.
Screened out means no further enquiries/investigation necessary. For example, when an individual is charged then no further enquiries are necessary and therefore the crime would be closed as detected and is screened out. The count of crimes screened out will not necessarily be those that have not gone beyond initial assessment.
We are therefore unable to offer a response to your queries.