How many arrests were performed by your authority under the Street Offences Act, 1959, for soliciting, broken down by a) age at time of arrest, b) sex, and c) ethnicity, in each of the last five full years for which records are available.
Please find attached our response and note that since the force reorganisation in 2010, the policing of prostitution has evolved from a purely enforcement based approach to one that is more victim centred, considering the needs of both individuals and communities. Communities expect the police to uphold the law but it is important that enforcement activity is proportionate and recognises the sensitivities that may exist around partners and those involved in prostitution.
We are currently reviewing our force approach to Prostitution as part of our Operation Sentinel initiative. As a force our local policing teams use the home office guidance where prostitution has been identified as a local issue and a force policy is currently being developed
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.