Stop Search (5120_14)

Request

For the financial year 2013/2014:

1. How many children (17 years of age and under) were stopped and searched in West Midlands? How many were arrested? Please provide data sorted by Age and Ethnicity.

2. What were the offences of these children (17 years of age and under) who were arrested in West Midlands? What action was taken, if any, against the children who were arrested? Please provide data sorted by Offence, Action Taken/Sanction, Type/Class of Drug (if applicable), Age and Ethnicity.

3. Does your police force have specific policies or best practices in place for dealing with children (17 years of age and under) who have been arrested? Please make copies of these policies available.

Response

Please find attached (5120_attachment_01.pdf).

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.

Attachments

5120_attachment_01 Young Persons in Police Detention

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