Cannabis offences (3290/15)

Request

1. The number of possession of cannabis offences and people proceeded against for possession of cannabis since the start of April 2009, with figures provided for each month. This data should show both the number of offences, and the “outcomes” (e.g. charge, caution etc.)

2. The number of possession of cannabis offences and people proceeded against for possession of cannabis since the start of April 2009, broken down by ethnicity of suspect, with figures provided for each financial year (including 2014/15 year-to-date). There is no need to show “outcomes” data.

Response

Please find attached (3290_attachment_01.xlsx) which contains possession of cannabis offences data by outcome.

In terms of ‘proceeded against’ it is likely that the following are the relevant outcomes:

Adult Caution, Adult Conditional Caution, Cannabis warning, Charge, Charge or Summons, Community Resolution, Conditional Caution, Further Charge, Other agency dealing, Penalty Notice, Postal Charge, Simple Caution pre April 2013, Summons, TIC, Youth 2nd warning pre April 2013, Youth Caution, Youth Conditional Caution, Youth reprimand pre April 2013, Youth warning 1st offence pre April 2013, Youth warning pre April 2013.

 
Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

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