Drugs In Educational Establishments (169A/20)

Request

Please provide me with a count of offences recorded under the Home Office Offence Classes across your constabulary where the scene of crime premise type is

A) SCHOOL AND/OR COLLEGE
B) UNIVERSITY

 Separately for the following;

Possession of controlled drugs (cannabis)
For the separate following calendar years;  2015 2016  2017 2018 2019

Possession of controlled drugs (excluding cannabis) for the separate following calendar years; 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019

Trafficking in controlled drugs For the separate following calendar years;
2009  2015 2016  2017 2018 2019

Alcohol-related incidents For the separate following calendar years;
2009  2015 2016  2017 2018 2019

Response

Please be advised that the information that you have requested is not available in a readily retrievable format. In relation to schools, colleges and universities. Information can only be searched upon using the primary location description of ‘Educational’, this means that any data subsequently provided could include universities, academies, education centres, schools, further educational establishments etc.to distinguish between each establishment would mean each log would need to be read and data created to provide totals.

Therefore the cost of providing you with the information is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information exceeds the ‘appropriate level’ as stated in the Freedom of Information (Fees and Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a Refusal Notice for this part of the request and if one part of a request exceeds the fees limit then S12 of the Act applies to the whole request

However, In accordance with Section 16 of the Act I have a duty to provide advice and assistance in relation to your request and can provide information in relation to the primary location description of ‘Educational’.

This should not be taken as a precedent that additional information would be supplied outside of the time/fees legislation for any subsequent requests

Further information on section 12 of FOI is available here:

https://www.app.college.police.uk/app-content/information-management/freedom-of-information/#fees-and-charges

It is also important to 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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