Dear Essex Police,

For the period a) calendar 2018, b) calendar 2019, and c) calendar 2020, please provide the following information:

1) Number of convictions for Money Laundering under the Money Laundering Regalations 2017, the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, or any another applicable statute obtained in the period where the principal investigating body was Essex Police,

2) Number of convictions for Fraud under the Fraud Act 2006 or any another applicable statute obtained in the period where the principal investigating body was Essex Police,

3) Number of convictions for Bribery under the Bribery Act 2010 or any another applicable statute obtained in the period where the principal investigating body was Essex Police,

4) Number of applications for Forfeiture Orders under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 by Essex Police,

5) Number of Forfeiture Order granted to Essex Police and the amount of money forfeited.

Please report each category separately for each year.

Please provide the response in electronic form.

Yours faithfully,

Peter C. Bell

Info Rights Freedom Essex, Essex Police

1 Atodiad

 

 

 

Thank you for your enquiry which has been logged under the above
reference. 

 

Please note that Essex Police are actively publishing information within
our publication scheme webpage, information supplied as part of this
request could be used within the scheme.  Please click on the following
link to search details of existing publications
[1]https://www.essex.police.uk/foi-ai/af/ac....

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act we are required to reply within 20
working days.  The Act does not specify a limit to the number of
information requests a public authority may receive or the number of
requests or questions an applicant may submit.  However, there are
exemptions in the Act that can apply and these include where the cost of
complying with the request would extend beyond the reasonable cost limit,
(currently 18 hours or £450), or if the request is otherwise manifestly
unreasonable in its scope or nature. 

 

Requests that ask a great many questions, or a number of detailed requests
submitted at the same time, may make it necessary for Essex Police to
refuse the requests wholly or in part.  The exemption at Section 14 may be
engaged if the burden on the authority is increased through multiple
requests on differing subjects.

 

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has responsibility for
providing oversight and guidance for the legislation and they have
produced advice for applicants on submitting effective requests.  Further
information can be found on the Commissioner’s website at
[2]www.ico.gov.uk, specific information relating to submitting a request
can be found at: 
[3]https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/offici...

 

While we process your request, please take the time to consider the ICO’s
advice and whether you feel it may be beneficial to amend or refine your
request.  Our team is happy to discuss your request with you and will be
able to provide advice as to what kind of information will be available
from Essex Police.

 

Although every effort will be made to ensure a response is provided within
statutory deadlines, due to current circumstances, delays may be
unavoidable.  We apologise for any inconvenience and will endeavour to
process your request as quickly as is practicable.

 

Please ensure all future enquiries are sent to the
[4][Essex Police request email] mailbox.

 

Kind regards

 

 

FOI Team | Information Management Department | Information Rights Section
| Essex Police

Telephone: 101 | Email: [5][Essex Police request email]

Address: Information Management Department, Information Rights Section,
Essex Police HQ, PO Box 2, Chelmsford CM2 6DA  (for Sat Nav directions,
use CM2 6DN for HQ)

 

Information Management aspires to be: Helpful, Inclusive & Professional

 

Essex Police have developed a publication strategy, our aim is to reduce
the demand within the FOI Department and to provide knowledge to the
public to include previous and combined FOI requests together with
relevant links and information.

 

Please visit this area of our website before submitting FOI requests as
information may already be available.

 

[6]https://www.essex.police.uk/foi-ai/af/ac...

Please note, if you require further information or wish to resubmit a
request please refer to the information found on the Commissioner’s
website regarding submission of effective requests:
[7]https://www.ico.org.uk/for_the_public/of...

 

Your right to complain

 

If you feel your request has not been properly handled, or you are
otherwise dissatisfied with the outcome of your request you have the right
to complain.

 

Complaints should be submitted within 20 working days from the date of
this response and should be addressed to the Senior Information Officer at
the above address or by email to: [8]info.rights.freedom@essex. police.uk

 

We will conduct a review to investigate your complaint and endeavour to
reply within 20 working days.

 

Please explain which aspect of the reply you are not satisfied with, and
if your complaint concerns the decision to apply an exemption it would
assist the review if you would outline why you believe the exemption does
not apply.

 

If you are still dissatisfied following our review, you have the right
under Section 50 of the Act to complain directly to the Information
Commissioner. Before considering your complaint, the Information
Commissioner would normally expect you to have exhausted the complaints
procedures provided by Essex Police.

 

The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF or via [9]https://ico.org.uk/

 

 

 

 

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Dear Info Rights Freedom Essex,

Can I remind you that, by law, you should normally have responded promptly and in any event by 22 February 2021.

Perhaps you could indicate when I might expect a response to my request?

If I do not hear from you, then I will submit a complaints to the ICO.

Yours sincerely,

Peter C. Bell

Info Rights Freedom Essex, Essex Police

1 Atodiad

Thank you for your patience in regard to your initial request and we
acknowledge you are awaiting a response.  We must firstly apologise for
the lack of updates from this department as the level of service provided
has been below what is expected. Our attention is focused on your request
and we shall shortly be contacting you, please rest assured that the level
of service from this department is our priority and once again please
accept our apologies for the delay you have experienced.

 

Kind regards

 

 

FOI Team | Information Management Department | Information Rights Section
| Essex Police

Telephone: 101 | Email: [1][Essex Police request email]

Address: Information Management Department, Information Rights Section,
Essex Police HQ, PO Box 2, Chelmsford CM2 6DA  (for Sat Nav directions,
use CM2 6DN for HQ)

 

Information Management aspires to be: Helpful, Inclusive & Professional

 

Essex Police have developed a publication strategy, our aim is to reduce
the demand within the FOI Department and to provide knowledge to the
public to include previous and combined FOI requests together with
relevant links and information.

 

Please visit this area of our website before submitting FOI requests as
information may already be available.

 

[2]https://www.essex.police.uk/foi-ai/af/ac...

Please note, if you require further information or wish to resubmit a
request please refer to the information found on the Commissioner’s
website regarding submission of effective requests:
[3]https://www.ico.org.uk/for_the_public/of...

 

Your right to complain

 

If you feel your request has not been properly handled, or you are
otherwise dissatisfied with the outcome of your request you have the right
to complain.

 

Complaints should be submitted within 20 working days from the date of
this response and should be addressed to the Senior Information Officer at
the above address or by email to: [4]info.rights.freedom@essex. police.uk

 

We will conduct a review to investigate your complaint and endeavour to
reply within 20 working days.

 

Please explain which aspect of the reply you are not satisfied with, and
if your complaint concerns the decision to apply an exemption it would
assist the review if you would outline why you believe the exemption does
not apply.

 

If you are still dissatisfied following our review, you have the right
under Section 50 of the Act to complain directly to the Information
Commissioner. Before considering your complaint, the Information
Commissioner would normally expect you to have exhausted the complaints
procedures provided by Essex Police.

 

The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF or via [5]https://ico.org.uk/

 

 

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Dear Info Rights Freedom Essex,

In your email of 24 February 2021 you advised that you would shortly be contacting me.
It is now 13 March 2021 and I have not received any contact from you.

Could I ask if there is any reason why I should not now refer this matter to the Information Commissioners' Office as a complaint regarding your failure to comply with the law?

Yours sincerely,

Peter C. Bell

Gadawodd Peter C. Bell anodiad ()

Complaint submitted to ICO

Dear Info Rights Freedom Essex,

I have today submitted a complaint to the ICO regarding your failure to comply with the law and respond within the legal timescale (or indeed at all).

Yours sincerely,

Peter C. Bell

Info Rights Freedom Essex, Essex Police

1 Atodiad

Please accept our apologies in respect of the delay in our response, we
have had an increase in requests and a reduction in resourcing that has
led to a delay in our response times.

 

Thank you for your enquiry which has been logged under the above
reference.

Section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) places two duties
on public authorities. Unless exemptions apply, the first duty at Section
1(1)(a) is to confirm or deny whether the information specified in a
request is held. The second duty at Section 1(1)(b) is to disclose
information that has been confirmed as being held. Where exemptions are
relied upon, Section 17 of Freedom of Information Act requires that we
provide the applicant with a notice which: a) states that fact b)
specifies the exemption(s) in question and c) states (if that would not
otherwise be apparent) why the exemption applies.

In respect of your enquiry:

 

For the period a) calendar 2018, b) calendar 2019, and c) calendar 2020,
please provide the following information:

1) Number of convictions for Money Laundering under the Money Laundering
Regulations 2017, the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, or any another
applicable statute obtained in the period where the principal
investigating body was Essex Police,

2) Number of convictions for Fraud under the Fraud Act 2006 or any another
applicable statute obtained in the period where the principal
investigating body was Essex Police,

3) Number of convictions for Bribery under the Bribery Act 2010 or any
another applicable statute obtained in the period where the principal
investigating body was Essex Police,

4) Number of applications for Forfeiture Orders under the Proceeds of
Crime Act 2002 by Essex Police,

5) Number of Forfeiture Order granted to Essex Police and the amount of
money forfeited.

Please report each category separately for each year.

Please provide the response in electronic form.

 

In respect of Sec 1(1)(a), Essex Police does hold information relating
to your request, however in respect of Sec 1(1)(b) Essex Police does not
hold the information in a format that allows it to be retrieved within the
scope of FOI.

 

When responding to a request for information under the terms of the
Freedom of Information Act, a public authority is not obliged to provide
information if the authority estimates that the cost of the retrieval of
the information requested would be in excess of £450 (equivalent to 18
hours work). The costs criteria relates to a request in its entirety,
which means that if we cannot retrieve all of the information requested
within the costs limit, we are not obliged to retrieve any of the
information requested.

 

Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act states that a public
authority is not obliged to:

“…comply with a request for information if the authority estimates that
the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate
limit.”

 

The following explanation has been provided demonstrating the difficulty
in retrieving information; convictions would likely be held with the CPS.
To accurately supply conviction data would require the manual examination
of each charge entry based on offences detailed in your submission and
cross referral onto other systems to establish the offence charged and
conviction served, this process would exceed the time and costs limits and
in addition qualify as creation of data as the results cannot be processed
by means of sorting or filtering data sources or running a database query
tool. There is no requirement under the act for this to be carried out to
answer questions within a FOI request.

 

Consequently, and to this extent, Essex Police are exempt from the duty to
provide all the information you have requested under the provisions of
section 12(1) of the FOI Act. Therefore, and in accordance with section
17(1) of the Act, this communication must act as a refusal notice to
provide all of the information that could be interpreted as being captured
by this part of your request.

 

Under Section 16 or the act we can provide charge and crime volumes.
Please refer to the following link which provides principles and
requirements in regard to reporting recorded crime received from victims.
Police recorded crime statistics are based on a notifiable list as set out
by the Home Office Counting rules. These offences are more likely to be
extracted from our systems together with outcomes and age/gender if
required.
[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio....
So whilst Essex Police systems do record individual cases the system is
not designed for the production of all statistical information but set to
meet the HOCR principles.

 

Data has been obtained regarding the number of of Forfeiture Orders
obtained under the Proceeds of Crime Act by Essex Police for the calendar
years 2018, 2019 and 2020.

The source of this data is JARD, the Joint Asset Recovery Database.

 

Forfeiture Orders obtained by Essex Police under the Proceeds of Crime Act
2002 for calendar years 2018 – 2020

 

+------------------------------------------------------------------------+
|Calendar Year |Number of POCA forfeiture orders|Total amount forfeited |
|---------------+--------------------------------+-----------------------|
|2018 |37 |£666,743.12p |
|---------------+--------------------------------+-----------------------|
|2019 |30 |£221,898.61p |
|---------------+--------------------------------+-----------------------|
|2020 |24 |£311,523.59p |
|---------------+--------------------------------+-----------------------|
|  |  |  |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------+

Source: Joint Asset Recovery Database.

 

 

Essex Police trusts that the links and information provided is of
assistance.  Thank you for your interest in Essex Police.

 

The above request will be included within the Essex Police Publication
scheme [2]https://www.essex.police.uk/foi-ai/af/ac...

 

 

FOI Team | Information Management Department | Information Rights Section
| Essex Police

Email: [3][Essex Police request email]

Address: Information Management Department, Information Rights Section,
Essex Police HQ, PO Box 2, Chelmsford CM2 6DA  (for Sat Nav directions,
use CM2 6DN for HQ)

Information Management aspires to be: Helpful, Inclusive & Professional

Essex Police have developed a publication strategy, our aim is to reduce
the demand within the FOI department and to provide knowledge to the
public to include previous and combined FOI requests together with
relevant links and information.

Please visit this area of our website before submitting FOI requests as
information may already be available.

https://www.essex.police.uk/foi-ai/af/ac...

 

 

From: Info Rights Freedom Essex <[Essex Police request email]>
Sent: 26 January 2021 09:57
To: Peter C. Bell <[FOI #721488 email]>
Subject: FOI 15264 Convictions for financial crime

 

Thank you for your enquiry which has been logged under the above
reference.

Please note that Essex Police are actively publishing information within
our publication scheme webpage, information supplied as part of this
request could be used within the scheme. Please click on the following
link to search details of existing publications
[4]https://www.essex.police.uk/foi-ai/af/ac....

Under the Freedom of Information Act we are required to reply within 20
working days. The Act does not specify a limit to the number of
information requests a public authority may receive or the number of
requests or questions an applicant may submit. However, there are
exemptions in the Act that can apply and these include where the cost of
complying with the request would extend beyond the reasonable cost limit,
(currently 18 hours or £450), or if the request is otherwise manifestly
unreasonable in its scope or nature.

Requests that ask a great many questions, or a number of detailed requests
submitted at the same time, may make it necessary for Essex Police to
refuse the requests wholly or in part. The exemption at Section 14 may be
engaged if the burden on the authority is increased through multiple
requests on differing subjects.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has responsibility for
providing oversight and guidance for the legislation and they have
produced advice for applicants on submitting effective requests. Further
information can be found on the Commissioner’s website at
[5]www.ico.gov.uk, specific information relating to submitting a request
can be found at:
[6]https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/offici...

While we process your request, please take the time to consider the ICO’s
advice and whether you feel it may be beneficial to amend or refine your
request. Our team is happy to discuss your request with you and will be
able to provide advice as to what kind of information will be available
from Essex Police.

Although every effort will be made to ensure a response is provided within
statutory deadlines, due to current circumstances, delays may be
unavoidable. We apologise for any inconvenience and will endeavour to
process your request as quickly as is practicable.

Please ensure all future enquiries are sent to the
[7][Essex Police request email] mailbox.

Kind regards

FOI Team | Information Management Department | Information Rights Section
| Essex Police

Telephone: 101 | Email: [8][Essex Police request email]

Address: Information Management Department, Information Rights Section,
Essex Police HQ, PO Box 2, Chelmsford CM2 6DA (for Sat Nav directions, use
CM2 6DN for HQ)

Information Management aspires to be: Helpful, Inclusive & Professional

Essex Police have developed a publication strategy, our aim is to reduce
the demand within the FOI Department and to provide knowledge to the
public to include previous and combined FOI requests together with
relevant links and information.

Please visit this area of our website before submitting FOI requests as
information may already be available.

[9]https://www.essex.police.uk/foi-ai/af/ac...

Please note, if you require further information or wish to resubmit a
request please refer to the information found on the Commissioner’s
website regarding submission of effective requests:
[10]https://www.ico.org.uk/for_the_public/of...

Your right to complain

If you feel your request has not been properly handled, or you are
otherwise dissatisfied with the outcome of your request you have the right
to complain.

Complaints should be submitted within 20 working days from the date of
this response and should be addressed to the Senior Information Officer at
the above address or by email to: [11]info.rights.freedom@essex. police.uk

We will conduct a review to investigate your complaint and endeavour to
reply within 20 working days.

Please explain which aspect of the reply you are not satisfied with, and
if your complaint concerns the decision to apply an exemption it would
assist the review if you would outline why you believe the exemption does
not apply.

If you are still dissatisfied following our review, you have the right
under Section 50 of the Act to complain directly to the Information
Commissioner. Before considering your complaint, the Information
Commissioner would normally expect you to have exhausted the complaints
procedures provided by Essex Police.

The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF or via [12]https://ico.org.uk/

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