Under the Freedom of Information Act, please provide copies of the following records for each of the years 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and (up to the receipt of this email) in 2015:
Total numbers year on year, which could be provided and broken down by Graded Response” (This was the formula of words you used in your response and I’m assuming this relates to my original request for the total number of requests for police attendance or something similar to that)
The number of incidents which were recorded with mental health qualifiers in order to flag that that may be linked to mental health. (I understand that most police forces do not flag incidents at their initial stages. However, from speaking to other forces I’m told that the practise of using mental health qualifiers to categorise incidents at some stage in their processing is commonplace).
If further clarification is required, I would be obliged if you could contact me at your earliest convenience.
Please find attached our response. Please also see the following links which you may find useful:
Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of 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.
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