Policy Home Office referrals - 734/18

Date Responded 09 August 2018

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.         Please confirm whether your force has a formal policy in place relation to when victims of or witnesses to crimes (who are not suspected of a criminal offence themselves) who come into contact with the police are referred to the Home Office for immigration purposes.

2.         If the answer to question (1) is yes, please disclose the name of this policy and state how long it has been in force;

3.         Please provide us with a copy of this policy.

In Response:

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 Crime Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is not held by Northumbria Police.

Northumbria Police do not have any policy to refer victims or witnesses to the Home Office for immigration purposes.

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