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Mental Health Statistics Relating To Acute Behavioural Disturbance 0898.2019-20 19/11/2019

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Latest annual data of mental health incidents the police attend as a total and percentage of all police incidents handled via 999 or other agency contact, e.g. ambulance service. Of these: how many are believed to be related to Acute Behavioural Disturbance (ABD, also known as Excited Delirium)? How many were confirmed ABD?

Extent of Searches to Locate Information
Following receipt of your request searches were conducted within North Yorkshire Police to locate relevant information.

Decision
I am not obliged to provide you with a response to your request pursuant to Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act). Please note that when one part of your request falls under Section 12, we are not obliged to review the rest of the questions and the whole request is therefore exempt.

Section 12(1) applies to your request as the cost of complying with your request is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond i.e. the cost of identifying and retrieving any relevant information exceeds the ‘appropriate level’ as stated in the Freedom of Information (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004.

Due to the nature of our recording systems the information requested, if held, is not in an easily retrievable format.

North Yorkshire Police’s information systems do now allow an incident to be categorised and searched for by Acute Behavioural Disturbance (ABD). Such an incident involving this could be recorded under thousands of recorded incidents that would need to be manually reviewed to determine if this was the case. The examining of thousands of records would exceed the cost/time threshold as stated under the Act.

Pursuant to Section 17(5) of the Freedom of Information Act this letter acts as a Refusal Notice.

Pursuant to Section 16 of the Act I am required to offer you advice and assistance with regarding to refining your request to within the ‘appropriate limit’ (time/cost limit). Although we are unable to provide the statistics in relation to the ABD we may be able to provide annual data on how many incidents were attended in which mental health was a related factor. If you wish for me to search this please do not hesitate to contact me.

Please note that systems used for recording information are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data. It should be noted therefore that this force’s response to your questions should not be used for comparison purposes with any other responses you may receive.

Last modified: November 25, 2019