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.
For the calendar year 2020 please advise of the following:
1. How many submissions of video evidence were received by the force relating to reports of driving offences?
2. How many of these reports:
a. Resulted in prosecution (court action)?
b. Resulted in a fixed penalty notice being issued and accepted?
c. Resulted in a driver being offered an NDORS course as an alternative to prosecution/FPN?
d. Resulted in a warning letter?
e. Resulted in no further action being taken?
f. Resulted in some other action being taken (please specify)?
Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Communications Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held in part by Northumbria Police, however cannot be disclosed for the following reasons.
The information requested is not already held statistically nor is it held in a format that would allow its extraction from systems within the permitted 18 hour threshold.
In the time period requested in excess of 1970 submissions of video evidence were received by the force relating to reports of driving offences. Each of those submissions would require a manual review to establish a response to all part of point 2. Even at a conservative estimate of 5 minutes per record, which we have considered as reasonable, we have estimated that to extract this information would take over 164 hours, 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, an initial assessment of the information that may be provided within the time constraints would be questions 1 and 2e.
If this would be useful, you may wish to refine and resubmit your request accordingly.