1. The number of crimes committed by children 8 years old and younger in 2013 (where the role type is ‘Prob’ ‘ Resp’ or ‘ Susp’)?
2. The number of crimes committed by children 8 years old and younger in 2011 (where the role type is ‘Prob’ ‘ Resp’ or ‘ Susp’)?
3. The number of crimes committed by children 8 years old and younger in 2012 (where the role type is ‘Prob’ ‘ Resp’ or ‘ Susp’)?
4. The number of crimes committed by children 8 years old and younger so far in 2014 (where the role type is ‘Prob’ ‘ Resp’ or ‘ Susp’)?
In each case, could I please get the details of what the crime was (e.g. vandalism)?
Please see attached (40_attachment_01.pdf). Data are correct as at 30 December 2014 and exclude obvious data recording errors (i.e. where age is either a negative number or zero).
It should be noted that Children under the age of 10 are not considered to have reached an age where they can be held responsible for their crimes. Because they are under the age of ‘criminal responsibility’ they cannot be charged with any criminal offence.
No child under the age of ten shall be guilty of a crime however they can still commit an offence which will be recorded. West Midlands Police record where the role type is ‘ Prob’ (Probably responsible) ‘ Resp’ (thought responsible) or ‘ Susp’ (suspected as being responsible) and the person age is 9 or under.
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.
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