Possession of knives on school premises (10601/19)

Request

1)         How many children of primary school age (5-11 years old) have been found in possession of a knife on school premises? We would like figures for each of the calendar years 2017 and 2018

2)         How many weapons have been confiscated from children of primary school age (5-11 years old) on school premises? We would like figures for each of the calendar years 2017 and 2018

3)         How many children of primary school age (5-11 years old) have been injured in knife attacks on school premises? We would like figures for each of the calendar years 2017 and 2018

Response

Please be advised that there is no recording category on our systems to identify whether weapons have been confiscated. Therefore, we are unable to search force recording systems for this specific information in relation to question 2.

Please find attached our response for questions 1 and 3.

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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