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Date Responded 08 February 2019

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)        

(i) How many people were registered on the sex offender register in your police force area between January 2018 and December 2018?

(ii) How many of those people were registered for child sex offences?

 

2)        

(i) How many people were registered on the sex offender register in your police force area between January 2017 and December 2017?

(ii) How many of those people were registered for child sex offences?

 

3)        

(i) How many people were registered on the sex offender register in your police force area between January 2016 and December 2016?

(ii) How many of those people were registered for child sex offences?

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 Safeguarding 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.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Safeguarding Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police, however cannot be disclosed for the following reasons.

To provide information which meets the criteria of your request, particularly at questions 1-3 (ii) would entail a member of staff manually searching every record. There are in excess of 1000 records, therefore we have estimated that to extract this information would take over the appropriate limit, therefore Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act would apply. This section does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimated that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit of 18 hours, equating to £450.00

You should consider this to be a refusal notice under Section 17 of the Act for your request.

As part of your request would exceed the prescribed limit, as defined by the Act, there is no requirement for Northumbria Police to provide a response to the remaining parts of your request. However, in order to provide you with some assistance, under Section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I can advise that , the number of RSO recorded by forces is published annually by financial year, and therefore in the public domain already.  To assist you further I have provided the links to the information below.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/multi-agency-public-protection-arrangements-mappa-annual-report-2015-to-2016--2

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/multi-agency-public-protection-arrangements-mappa-annual-report-2016-to-2017

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/multi-agency-public-protection-arrangements-mappa-annual-report-2017-to-2018

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