Drones (448A/20)

Request

1. (a) Between 01 Jan 2017 and 31 Dec 2019, how many reports did the force receive of drones being used to fly drugs/ contraband into prisons?

(b) How many of these reports has so far resulted in an arrest?

2. (a) Between 01 Jan 2017 and 31 Dec 2019, how many reports did the force receive of drones being used to fly drugs/ contraband into immigration removal centres?

(b). How many of the above reports has so far resulted in an arrest?

Response

Please find our response below.

1a) Between 01 Jan 2017 and 31 Dec 2019, how many reports did the force receive of drones being used to fly drugs/ contraband into prisons?

9

(b) How many of these reports has so far resulted in an arrest?

1

2. (a) Between 01 Jan 2017 and 31 Dec 2019, how many reports did the force receive of drones being used to fly drugs/ contraband into immigration removal centres?

No information held; there are no Immigration Removal Centres in our force area

(b). How many of the above reports has so far resulted in an arrest?

No information held; there are no Immigration Removal Centres in our force area

NB Data above was retrieved using the following search: a keyword search for ‘drone’ in the MO notes field of our crime recording system, where the primary location description is ‘prison’. The offences in the results are:

BRING/THROW/CONVEY LIST A PROHIBITED ARTICLE INTO/OUT PRISON

BRING/THROW/CONVEY A LIST B ARTICLE INTO/OUT OF A PRISON

POSSESS DRUG W/I SUPPLY-CLASS B-CANNABIS

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.

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