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Cannabis warning s and fines (917A/20)

Request

Q1: how many cannabis warnings were issued for first time Cannabis possession offences?

Q2: how many penalty notices for disorder were used for cannabis possession?

I would like this data for the last three years for which you have it available.

Response

Please find enclosed our response.

 

Q1: how many cannabis warnings were issued for first time Cannabis possession offences?

Please note that the data for this question is up to date 28th October 2020.

 

Clear up codes 2019 inc 28/10/2020 Grand Total  
Adult Caution (Alt Offence) 4 3 7  
Cannabis Warning 766 579 1345  
Caution – Adult 311 171 482  
Caution – Youth 52 24 76  
Charge 714 566 1280  
Charge / Summons (Alt Offence) 10 9 19  
Community Resolution 227 103 330  
Filed, no Susp, no further enq 585 514 1099  
Further non-Police Action 7 4 11  
Not Public Interest CPS   1 1  
Not Public Interest Police 276 134 410  
Offender Died 2 1 3  
Penalty Notice 107 58 165  
Postal Charge 352 186 538  
Postal Charge (Alt Offence) 8 4 12  
Susp ID: No Victim Support 169 215 384  
Susp ID: Not in public interest 63 11 74  
Susp ID: Oth Evidential Difficulty 653 594 1247  
Susp ID: Susp too Ill 8 6 14  
Susp ID: Time Limit Expired 1 1 2  
Susp ID: Vict Evidential Difficulty 3   3  
Youth Caution (Alt Offence)   2 2  
(blank) 113 749 862  
Grand Total 4431 3935 8366  
Offence 2019 inc 28/10/2020 Grand Total
ATT POSS DRUG W/I SUPPLY-CLASS B-CANNABIS 1 2 3
CONCERNED PRODUCE DRUG-CLASS B-CANNABIS 3 2 5
CONCERNED SUPPLY DRUG-CLASS B-CANNABIS 7 1 8
OFFER SUPPLY DRUG-CLASS B-CANNABIS 3 1 4
PERMIT PREM-PRODUCE DRUG-CLASS B-CANNABIS   1 1
POSSESS CONTROL DRUG-CLASS B-CANNABIS 3147 2796 5943
POSSESS DRUG W/I SUPPLY-CLASS A-COCAINE   1 1
POSSESS DRUG W/I SUPPLY-CLASS B-CANNABIS 113 84 197
PRODUCE CONTROLLED DRUG-CLASS B-CANNABIS 1152 1039 2191
SUPPLY CONTROLLED DRUG-CLASS B-CANNABIS 5 8 13
Grand Total 4431 3935 8366

 

Q2: how many penalty notices for disorder were used for cannabis possession?

 

2019 = 143 penalty notices issued

2020 (up to 18th September 2020) = 78 penalty notices issued

For the 2018 data:

Under section 21 of the Act, we are not required to provide information in response to a request if it is already reasonably accessible to you. The information you requested is available on the following website. West Midlands Police Freedom of Information published FOI’s site, here is a link to the request:

 

https://foi.west-midlands.police.uk/cannabis-offences-6006-19/

 

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.

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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