Bail Stats (57_14)

Request

1) Please state the number of people currently on police bail (under investigation and awaiting a decision on charges) after being arrested by your force.

 

2) Of the people in part 1 what is the longest amount of time that an individual has been on police bail without charge.

 

3) Of the people in part 1 please state how many have been on pre-charge police bail without charge for longer than six months.

To clarify: I would like the figure for the number of people on bail, not the number of offences, as some people may be on bail for more than one offence.

 

4) Please state how many individuals were placed on police bail by your force each year between 1976 and 2013 inclusive. Where historical data is not held, the same information from the earliest date for which figures are available to 2013 inclusive would be acceptable.

Response

1) Please state the number of people currently on police bail (under investigation and awaiting a decision on charges) after being arrested by your force.

 

=603

 

2) Of the people in part 1 what is the longest amount of time that an individual has been on police bail without charge.

It has become apparent that our bail recording system contains data inaccuracies, for example a bail date 2099 has been input which was almost certainly should have been 2009. This provides a bail length figure of 32,961 days which is obviously incorrect. Therefore we are unable to provide an accurate response to this question

 

3) Of the people in part 1 please state how many have been on pre-charge police bail without charge for longer than six months.

To clarify: I would like the figure for the number of people on bail, not the number of offences, as some people may be on bail for more than one offence.

 

Our recording system provides a figure of 97 but due to the recording inaccuracies as mentioned above, we cannot guarantee that this is an accurate figure.

 

4) Please state how many individuals were placed on police bail by your force each year between 1976 and 2013 inclusive. Where historical data is not held, the same information from the earliest date for which figures are available to 2013 inclusive would be acceptable.

 

Figures are only available from 1998

 

Arrest Date Count of Custody Ref No
1998 7076
1999 29,525
2000 30,423
2001 29,432
2002 29,058
2003 29,964
2004 36,146
2005 44,690
2006 48,291
2007 46,749
2008 41,592
2009 34,666
2010 30,963
2011 24,682
2012 20,219
2013 18,277
2014 17,199
Grand Total 518,952

 

 

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