FOI Request regarding: Data on convictions resulting from evidence submitted under Operation Snap since its launch in 2018
Request received: 08/09/2020
Further to my previous email/letter, I have spoken with Warwickshire Police on your behalf in relation to your request for the following information regarding Operation Snap:
- The number of prosecutions for the years 2018/19 and 2019/20
- The number of successful convictions for the years 2018/19 and 2019/20
- The breakdown of the data e.g. by the type of offence
Unfortunately I have been unable to obtain all the information you have requested. This is for a number of reasons.
Firstly, prior to July 2019, Operation Snap was managed on behalf of Warwickshire Police by neighbouring West Mercia Police, as part of the previous alliance between the two forces. Consequently the data you have requested up until and including June 2019 is not in the possession of Warwickshire Police.
Secondly, as a result of the termination of that alliance and the return of those responsibilities to Warwickshire Police, it has been necessary for the force to rebuild the organisational infrastructure and recording methodologies that would allow a much easier response to requests for information regarding Operation Snap, such as this one.
However, I have been able to ascertain that between July 2019 and March 2020 (inclusive), Warwickshire Police took positive action in relation to 305 of the submissions received under Operation Snap. Of these, 87 were subject to a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) being issued to the owner/driver and 218 were subject to a letter of advice. Unfortunately I am unable to say how many of the 87 NIP’s resulted in a successful prosecution.
Furthermore, whilst I am unable to specifically provide a breakdown of report categories for the 305 submissions that resulted in positive action, I am able to provide a breakdown of report categories for the overall submissions received during that period, from which some inferences can be made. These were as follows:
- Driving without due care and attention = 26.69%
- Close pass = 12.53%
- Red light = 5.45%
- Unnecessary Obstruction = 35.51%
- Use of Mobile Phone = 5.56%
- Road Traffic Collision = 4.03%
- Other = 10.24%
Hopefully you will find the above information of some use.