Spice Incidents (4529_17)

Request

I would like to be provided with the number of times police have been called to an incident or disturbance in your force area involving the use of the drug `Spice¿ for each month covering the last two years. So the figure can be rounded to the fullest, I am concerned with the time period March 2015 to March 2017.

I am interested in any incident or disturbance where Spice or the use of Spice is mentioned as a contributory factor. I do not require the circumstances of the offence, merely the number for each month over the two year period.

If it could be broken into a table listing the month and then the number of the Spice-related offences, that would be very helpful

Response

Please find attached our response.

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.

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