Dear Merseyside Police,

On the dates of July 25th, July 26th, July 27th and July 28th 2019...

How many crimes were reported on each of the above mentioned days, How many officers were on duty across Merseyside on each of the above mentioned days and what was the average response times to incidents across each of the above mentioned days?

For avoidance of doubt:

Crimes reported refers to ALL crime types that came as a result of a call to report an incident.

On duty officers refers to the number of officers who were on active duty, responding to incidents and not officers who were in uniform but not actually on active duty. (e.g. those who were at promotional, PR or other events)

Response times refers to the average response time from initial call to police attendance across ALL reported incidents and NOT for the type of incident reported.

Yours faithfully,

Daniel Elliott

Freedom Of Information, Merseyside Police

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Dear Mr Elliott

Thank you for your request.  This will be dealt with under the terms and
conditions of the Freedom of Information Act and has been logged under our
local case reference number DM2019/0982.

Before we proceed any further, can I ask you to clarify a point.

Your request begins by asking for the numbers of crimes reported on the
specified dates, then subsequently it defines reported crimes as "ALL
crime types that came as a result of a call to report an incident."

Crimes can be reported via various methods and not just telephone calls,
so does your request only refer to crimes that were reported by telephone?

Your request is currently suspended.  As soon as the necessary
clarification is received, we will proceed with the research and you will
be entitled to a response within 20 working days.

Yours sincerely

Mr D May
Disclosure Analyst
FOI Team
Merseyside Police

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Dear Freedom Of Information,

My apologies,

I forget that crimes can be reported by the internet these days.

What I meant was all crimes that came as the result of a member of the public reporting them. As in, I am not interested in the numbers of crimes that police officers happened to stumble across, only those that were reported to Merseyside police from people other than police officers.

I hope this clarifies

Yours sincerely,

Daniel Elliott

Freedom Of Information, Merseyside Police

Your email to the Merseyside Police Freedom of Information (FOI) in box is
acknowledged.

 

If it contains an initial (new) request under FOI it will be dealt with in
accordance with section 10 of the Act which means that you are entitled to
receive a response no later than 20 working days after the first working
day* on which your request is received.

 

Other arrangements may apply if a fees notice is issued or if the time
period is extended in order that public interest considerations of our
response may take place. Section 10 also allows public authorities to
apply variations to the normal 20 working day timescale in some limited
circumstances.

 

Due to the volume of e-mail correspondence and FOI applications received,
the Force regrets that individual acknowledgement e-mails will not be sent
even if specifically requested.

 

If the correspondence cannot be dealt with as FOI, it will be forwarded
internally and you will be advised of the location. Any related
communication must be direct to the identified location and not the FOI
e-mail address.

 

*The ‘working day’ is defined as any day other than a Saturday, a Sunday,
Christmas Day, Good Friday or a day which is a bank holiday under the
Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971 in any part of the United Kingdom.
The first reckonable day is the working day after the working day of
receipt.

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Dear Mr Elliott

Response Letter - FOI Application DM2019/0982 (please quote in all
correspondence)

I write in connection with your request for information, which was
received by Merseyside Police on 29/07/2019, concerning:

(summary of request) crime & response data for July 25^th, 26^th, 27^th
and 28th

Your request for information has been considered and I am not obliged to
supply the information that you have requested.

Section 17, Freedom of Information Act, 2000, requires Merseyside Police,
when refusing to provide such information (because the information is
exempt) to provide you 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.

Reason for Decision:

Information exempt under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act. 
Section 12 states that information need not be disclosed if the cost of
locating / retrieving that information exceeds £450, or 18 hours based on
a cost of £25 per hour.

There is no practical method by which crimes reported by members of the
public can be distinguished from those generated by officers.  Researching
such information would require manual review of each individual crimes
reported on the dates in questions and such is the number of cases that
completion of such an exercise would greatly exceed the 18-hour time/cost
limit.

This communication therefore serves as a Refusal Notice under the FOI
Act.  However, some data which has been possible to research within the
time/cost limits has been provided to you.   This information is intended
as assistance and its provision does not affect the legal right of the
Force to rely on the cost exemption for the remainder of the request. 
Please find attached my full Response Table.

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to or e-mail me at the below address, quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Mr D May
Disclosure Analyst
FOI Team
Data Access Unit
Merseyside Police
PO BOX 59
LIVERPOOL L69 1JD
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Dear Freedom Of Information,

Then I amend my request to include all crimes reported on the stated days, as you feel distinguishing between crimes reported by the public and officers as not possible but there is no reasons as to why the other requests could not be achieved, then please take my initial request but simply change the "how many crimes reported by the public" to How many crimes were reported on the dates outlined in my original request.

Yours sincerely,

Daniel Elliott

Freedom Of Information, Merseyside Police

Your email to the Merseyside Police Freedom of Information (FOI) in box is
acknowledged.

 

If it contains an initial (new) request under FOI it will be dealt with in
accordance with section 10 of the Act which means that you are entitled to
receive a response no later than 20 working days after the first working
day* on which your request is received.

 

Other arrangements may apply if a fees notice is issued or if the time
period is extended in order that public interest considerations of our
response may take place. Section 10 also allows public authorities to
apply variations to the normal 20 working day timescale in some limited
circumstances.

 

Due to the volume of e-mail correspondence and FOI applications received,
the Force regrets that individual acknowledgement e-mails will not be sent
even if specifically requested.

 

If the correspondence cannot be dealt with as FOI, it will be forwarded
internally and you will be advised of the location. Any related
communication must be direct to the identified location and not the FOI
e-mail address.

 

*The ‘working day’ is defined as any day other than a Saturday, a Sunday,
Christmas Day, Good Friday or a day which is a bank holiday under the
Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971 in any part of the United Kingdom.
The first reckonable day is the working day after the working day of
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Dear Mr Elliott

Thank you for your email.  Before we respond any further, can you please
confirm that you have seen the attachment that was provided with your FOI
response which provided you with available figures?  Your message implies
that you were provided with no data at all, which was not the case.

Yours sincerely

Mr D May
Disclosure Analyst
FOI Team
Merseyside Police

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Dear Freedom Of Information,

My apologies, Your reply initially stated that you were not obliged to supply the information I had requested but Now I see you have still furnished me with some info, which is the info I amended my request to.

Thank you, I shall mark this as informationreceived.

Yours sincerely,

Daniel Elliott

Freedom Of Information, Merseyside Police

Your email to the Merseyside Police Freedom of Information (FOI) in box is
acknowledged.

 

If it contains an initial (new) request under FOI it will be dealt with in
accordance with section 10 of the Act which means that you are entitled to
receive a response no later than 20 working days after the first working
day* on which your request is received.

 

Other arrangements may apply if a fees notice is issued or if the time
period is extended in order that public interest considerations of our
response may take place. Section 10 also allows public authorities to
apply variations to the normal 20 working day timescale in some limited
circumstances.

 

Due to the volume of e-mail correspondence and FOI applications received,
the Force regrets that individual acknowledgement e-mails will not be sent
even if specifically requested.

 

If the correspondence cannot be dealt with as FOI, it will be forwarded
internally and you will be advised of the location. Any related
communication must be direct to the identified location and not the FOI
e-mail address.

 

*The ‘working day’ is defined as any day other than a Saturday, a Sunday,
Christmas Day, Good Friday or a day which is a bank holiday under the
Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971 in any part of the United Kingdom.
The first reckonable day is the working day after the working day of
receipt.

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