Please may I have the answers to the following questions about under 18s caught with knives, drugs and knife crime generally. It may be that knives are recorded as a bladed article, or pointed weapon in your systems so if it¿s necessary to make that distinction in order to answer my question then please do so.
– How many under 18s have been caught carrying a knife in 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16?
– How many under 18s have been caught carrying a knife on school premises in 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16?
– Please give the exact age for each person caught carrying a knife in the most recent 12 months on record.
– What was the outcome for each of those under 18s caught carrying a knife? (e.g no action, caution, ordered to take a course on knife crime etc).
– In the most recent 12 months on record – how many people (of any age) caught in possession of a knife who went on to complete a course on the dangers of knife crime (i.e as a condition of their caution) were caught with a knife again? In each case please give the date they were caught with a knife the first time and the date they were caught with a knife subsequently.)
– How many under-18s have been caught in possession of class A drugs in the most recent 12 months on record? Please give the exact age of each person.
– Will you give me the data on knife crime for the force area – with regards to attacks with knives (specifying fatal / non-fatal and type of knife e.g. machete/military/kitchen/ zombie) for 2014-15, 2015-16?
Amendment to Question 3
*I meant it to refer to under 18s so I’m after the exact ages of just the under 18s if you wouldn’t mind answering that one in that way please
So please give the exact ages of those under 18s caught carrying a knife in the last two years (or last 12 months if 2 years takes too much time) *
Please find attached our response.
Knife crime covers a range of offences from possession of a weapon to causing injury; the majority of which involve possession rather than causing physical harm. There is never any excuse to carry such a weapon and we encourage everyone to report any incidents to us so we can investigate the circumstances. It is important to stress the responsibility for tackling knife crime sits with all of us – police officers, parents, teachers, licensees, friends – and it is vital we all work together to change behaviours and stop people carrying these potentially deadly weapons.
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.
The original attachment and the attachment answering the amended question are shown below .