Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I would like to request the following.
– The top ten most common FIRST names ONLY (separately for Males and Females) of individuals that have been arrested for crimes within your jurisdiction.
– I would like the above information for the last five years, inclusive of 2018 (to date).
If you are unable to provide this information to the full extent without invoking costs, please could you provide the top five names for the same period, separated by gender.
Please find attached our response and note that the data provided does NOT include variations of spelling and therefore will not be an accurate reflection of persons with a certain name being arrested. i.e David-Dave, Mohammed-Muhammed, Sam-Samantha etc.
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.