Wasting Police Time (3071_15)


1) How many people have your force reported for wasting police time?

Please provide the total figures broken down by:

i) 2013

ii) 2014

iii)  2015 (January-June)

Please break down by total reported, and total charged, for each year specified.


2) I also hoped to obtain details of reports logged by your force for 2015 (only).

I only require a very brief description, including what the incident was, and the outcome – for example:

i) ‘False report of a robbery’ [Outcome: charged]

ii) ‘Parent called police when “young child wouldn’t behave”’ [Outcome: caution]

iii) ‘A false claim over a damaged vehicle’ [Outcome: charged]


Please find attached (3071_attachment_01).

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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