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 submissions of dashcam, smartphone or helmet camera footage of driving offences have been submitted to your force from members of the public in 2017, 2018 and 2019?
2. How many prosecutions for driving offences have resulted from dashcam, smartphone or helmet camera footage submitted by members of the public in 2017, 2018 and 2019?
3. What was the most common driving offence / top three driving offence submissions reported to your force from dashcam, smartphone or helmet camera footage from members of the public in 2017, 2018 and 2019?
4. What was the most common driving offence / top three driving offences prosecuted as a result of dashcam, smartphone or helmet camera footage submitted by members of the public in 2017, 2018 and 2019?
Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted within Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police however cannot be disclosed for the following reasons.
The information requested is not held in a format that would allow its extraction within the permitted time constraints. To establish a response at points 2, 3 & 4 would require 1,464 dashcam submissions to be located and manually reviewed. Even at a conservative estimate of 5 minutes per record, which we have considered as reasonable, we have estimated that to locate, extract and compile the information requested at each point would take over 122 hours per question – in total 366 hours, which far exceeds the permitted 18 hour threshold, 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.
Although excess cost removes Northumbria Police's obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, as a gesture of goodwill I have supplied information below, relative to your request, retrieved or available before it was realised that the fees limit would be exceeded. I trust this is helpful, but it does not affect our legal right to rely on the fees regulations for the remainder of your request.
2017 – No submissions
2018 – 113 submissions
2019 – 1351 submissions