Please respond to the following:
1. Who compiles, and decides the contents of, the Orange Book (the reference tool provided to all police forces for use in allocating crimes to the correct crime classification code)?
2. There are defined Home Office codes for recording incidents of Lamping, Hare Coursing etc., but no defined codes for recording incidents of illegal cubbing/autumn hunting/illegal hunting as in not trail hunting. This omission clearly prevents police forces from accurately recording crimes in their area and so results in inaccurate data when assessing the nature and level of crimes in their locality. It also prevents accurate resourcing of officers in place to address such crimes.
Why are codes to record forms of illegal hunting excluded from the Orange Book?
3. Are illegal cubbing/autumn hunting/illegal hunting as in not trail hunting not regarded as recordable crimes and if not, why not?
4. Are there crime classification codes allocated to the crime of aggravated trespass and is aggravated trespass included in the Orange Book?
5. If crime classification codes allocated to the crime of aggravated trespass are incorporated into the Orange Book, is there a linked classification code requiring police officers to confirm via investigation that hunts were hunting legally and within the law at the time of the alleged aggravated trespass?
Dear S Rhosier,
Thank you for contacting the Home Office with your request.
This has been assigned to a caseworker (case ref 56483). We will aim to send you a full response by 16/12/2019 which is twenty working days from the date we received your request.
If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact us.
Dear S Rhosier,
Please find attached a response to your FOI request.
Crime and Police Analysis Unit
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