CCTV/crime statistics

Marie Koenigsberger made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Sussex Police

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

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Marie Koenigsberger

Dear Sussex Police,

Please supply the CCTV/crime statistics supplied to the Daily Telegraph that were the basis of their article 'Number of crimes caught on CCTV falls by 70 per cent, Metropolitan Police admits', Daily Telegraph 5/1/2010.

The article indicates that the statistics included:
- the number of crimes "in which CCTV was involved"
- the number of these crimes which resulted in a charge, summons or caution

The article stated that the statistics related to several years, possibly 2003/4 - 2008/8.

The Telegraph article can be viewed online at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/c...

Yours faithfully,

Marie Koenigsberger

Sussex Police

Dear Ms Koenigsberger

Thank you for your request which was received by Sussex Police
05/01/2010.

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Can anyone else open this? It seems to be a word doc letter with an embedded reply? Won't work in OpenOffice.

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It opens up OK in Microsoft Word - here is the content of the attachment:

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Our Ref: FOI 596/09
Date: 3 September 2009
Direct Dial No: 01273 404334

Dear Applicant

I refer to your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, received here on 1 September.

During the last financial/reporting year our public space CCTV cameras assisted in and/or were directly responsible for 4,800 arrests for offences of all kinds

However, the cost of providing you with the information as to how many of those arrests subsequently resulted in prosecutions in which CCTV was used as evidence is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information exceeds the “appropriate level” as stated in the Freedom of Information (Fees and Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004. It is estimated that it would cost in excess of 18 staff working hours to comply with your request. In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a Refusal Notice.

Our crime records are not electronically searchable for any such information and we would therefore need to carry out a manual check of the free text of each of the approximately 30,000 records of detected crimes. We can if you wish try a such search up to the cost limit and currently estimate that, taking into account work already done to look into this request, that we may be able to search approximately 2-300 such records. I cannot at this stage say how long it would take as obviously staff would have to be taken off other work to do it.

I also append for your interest the following Press Release issued by the force in May this year;

“A new monitoring centre covering 150 CCTV cameras town in Brighton & Hove and town centres across the whole of East Sussex is to be officially opened on Friday 15 May.

“The new digital suite at Brighton's John Street police station is the centrepiece of a £2 m CCTV upgrade that has been taking place in recent months, replacing the outdated analogue system that was first introduced in 1994. A second fully digital monitoring centre in Haywards Heath, covering 240 CCTV cameras across West Sussex, is due to open by the end of the year.

“As part of the upgrade, i-Witness terminals are being placed in all custody centres and main police stations - currently at Hastings, Eastbourne and Brighton. This will give local access to CCTV images to all police officers and staff involved in investigations. “Some 500 officers and staff have already been trained in the new system, enabling them to view images from any of the cameras and download them on to DVD for evidential purposes.

“Local authority partners in Hastings and Brighton & Hove, who already have access to the same cameras via their own monitoring rooms, have also been included in the upgrade.

"Most officers will now be able to view and download the images relevant to their investigations without leaving their normal place of work."Offenders will be confronted with the relevant images at their first interview: as a result we anticipate swifter justice and a better service for victims of crime. Better use of our CCTV capability will enhance our delivery of neighbourhood policing and help keep people safe."

Further information on our CCTV scheme is also available at -
http://www.sussex.police.uk/foi/request_...
http://www.sussex.police.uk/foi/request_...

Yours sincerely

T Mahony
Freedom of Information Disclosure Office

To; Mr C Hope
By; Email