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Citizen’s Arrests (12189/18)


For each of the following calendar years, the number of “citizen’s arrests” made in your police force area (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 so far).

Please also break the number of arrests down by the type of crime, see below for categories.

If the breakdown by crime type is not possible, please at least provide the overall number of citizen’s arrests made in each year.

When reporting 2018 I will take the date of your reply as the date to which the figures are correct unless you specify otherwise.

Crime Type 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018


Offences involving knives and sharp instruments

Offences involving firearms

Other violent crime

Sexual offences

Criminal damage and arson

Vehicle theft offences


Other household theft

Theft from the person

Other theft of personal property

Bicycle theft


All other theft offences



Computer misuse

Public order offences

Drug offences

Possession of weapons


Other category


Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information within the appropriate (cost) limit within the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act (see ‘Reason for Decision’ below).

I am unable to suggest any practical way in which your request may be modified in order to satisfy your query or bring it within the 18 hours stipulated by the Regulations. I am however willing to consider any refinements that you are able to make to your request, in accordance with Section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act.  If you would like to look into refining your request please contact me.


Please note that researching each individual case would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12 (1)).  We are unable to find anywhere in our systems that this information would be recorded.

Although people can technically make a ‘citizen’s arrest’ they would still have to hand the person over to the police for them to be formally arrested, to locate and retrieve this information would involve a manual search.


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