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Drunk and incapable (FOI)

Drunk and incapable (FOI)

Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey (on behalf of States of Jersey Police) and published on 07 May 2019.


Could you let us know how many times have the police had to deal with Drunk and incapable people over the last three years?
Can you give an age/gender breakdown?
In the case of underage children, how many times have parents been called to get them home after they were found drunk in town?
How many people have been sent to the shelter / or the hospital?


Since January 2015, the States of Jersey Police have received 815 calls to drunk or drunk and incapable persons. In most cases, police found a friend or family member who was able to take care of the individual or (in 82 cases) the individual had left the scene prior to police arrival.

Of these calls, 132 resulted in the individual being taken to the Shelter Trust.

The above information is within the search parameters of the State of Jersey polices’, Incident Management System. Other information must be obtained by reviewing each report individually. It is not possible to check each of the 815 reports for age/gender/result (whether the subject was taken to hospital) within the time permitted to complete Freedom of information requests however, the table below shows the ages and gender of the cases where ‘an offence’ of Drunk and Incapable was recorded. This table will include instances where patrolling officers happened across an individual i.e. No call to the police was made.

If an officer finds or is called to a juvenile who they believe to be drunk and incapable (D&I), the parents or guardian will be contacted with a view to ensuring the juvenile is taken to a place of safety. Other agencies may become involved if the child is deemed at risk. This will depend on the circumstances of the incident or any history held by police or the Children’s service.

The States of Jersey Police do not hold separate figures for juveniles and similarly, it would be outside the timescales permitted to complete a Freedom of information request to research each of the 815 reports to establish which involved juveniles and the outcome of each report.

​Male ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​​171​1​


​Female ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​


​Grand total​1232​48​11​103​


Article applied

Article 16 A scheduled public authority may refuse to supply information if cost excessive

(1) A scheduled public authority that has been requested to supply information may refuse to supply the information if it estimates that the cost of doing so would exceed an amount determined in the manner prescribed by Regulations.

Regulation 2 (1) of the Freedom of Information (Costs) (Jersey) Regulations 2014 allows an authority to refuse a request for information where the estimated cost of dealing with the request would exceed the specified amount of the cost limit of £500. This is the estimated cost of one person spending 12.5 working hours in determining whether the department holds the information, locating, retrieving and extracting the information.




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