Weapons in Coventry Schools (6169_16)

Request

The number of the following offences, Committed in the Calendar Years; 2013, 2014 and 2015, where Role Type recorded as Defe (Defendant), Resp (Responsible) or Susp (Suspect) AND their age was 18 years or under:
8/27 – Having an article with a blade or point on school premises.
8/28 – Possession of other offensive weapon on school premises without lawful authority or reasonable excuse.
I only want to know about offences that have occurred in Coventry
For each incident above please provide the following information:
1.a) Date of confiscation
2.b) Type of school (i.e. primary or secondary
3.c) Type of weapon/s confiscated
4.d) Age of child carrying weapon

Response

I can confirm that we hold information with regard to parts (c) and (d) of your request, but do not have a ‘confiscation date’ field on our central crime recording system; therefore for parts (a) we have searched using ‘date committed’. It is important to note though that although we have recorded an offence of possession, it does not necessarily mean that a weapon was confiscated in each case. Type of school (b) is not a recording category on our crime database and therefore we are unable to supply this.

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.

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