1) How many arrests have your police force made for the offences of a) supplying controlled drugs or b) possession with intent to supply controlled drugs in the last five calendar years (2013,2014,2015,2016,2017)? Please can say how old the person arrested was, their gender and the drugs alleged to have been involved
I am trying to establish the number of people under the age of 16 involved in drug sales. To do this I need total number of arrests, so I can work out how big a proportion are younger. I do not require any other identifying information. If you cannot give details of the gender then please still provide details of age.
Please find attached our response.
Relative to your request, we have provided the closest data that we hold i.e. as it is recorded on our databases. Issues of note regarding the interpretation of the data for this specific request are listed on the attachment
Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of incidents/crimes can be misleading and does not necessarily indicate the likelihood of someone being a victim of crime. In addition, the number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time can be influenced by a number of factors. Consequently statistics on incidents/crimes for one period may not necessarily be a good indicator of future incidents in that area.
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.