School Weapons Seized (248_15)

Request

I would like to know the how many illegal weapons have been seized from local schools in each of the past five years

 

I would also like to know how many instances of physical attacks were recorded in local schools in each of the past five years.

 

Finally I would like to know how many times police have been called out to local schools in each of the past five years.

Response

Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information. The only way to identify the requested information would be to undertake a manual search of each individual crime file/case to determine weapons seized.

 

The cost of providing all of the requested information, and therefore compliance with your request, is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond. Although excess cost removes the force’s obligations under the Freedom of Information Act, as a gesture of goodwill I have supplied information, relative to your request, retrieved before it was realised that the fees limit would be exceeded, we have been able to do this with a keyword search on the word ‘educational’ and please note the appropriate caveats.  I apologise for the late delivery of our response

 

Please note that the incident or crime may not necessarily have occurred on the school premises, rather the school may be the nearest identifiable landmark and so has been entered into the incident/crime report.

 

I would like to know the how many illegal weapons have been seized from local schools in each of the past five years

 

Please note that the table below provides the number of crimes relating to weapons in schools and NOT the number of weapons seized

 

Have Blade/Point at School (008/27) and Possess Offensive Weapon at School (008/28)
Datum Value
2010 30
2011 24
2012 28
2013 17
2014 37

 

I would also like to know how many instances of physical attacks were recorded in local schools in each of the past five years.

 

 

Violence with Injury where Primary Location Description = Educational

 

Please note that this is not exclusive to schools

 

Datum Value
2010 376
2011 309
2012 242
2013 259
2014 297

 

 

Finally I would like to know how many times police have been called out to local schools in each of the past five years.

 

Please note that the above figure includes calls for service and that the incident or crime may not necessarily have occurred on the school premises, rather the school may be the nearest identifiable landmark and so has been entered into the incident/crime report.

 

 

 

2010 = 8,170

2011 = 7,580

2012 = 6,717

2013 = 6,289

2014 = 6,339

 

 

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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