Number of complaints by cyclists with supporting video evidence & number on which action was taken

Paul Gannon made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Essex Police

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Gwrthodwyd y cais gan Essex Police.

Dear Essex Police,

Please provide

1) the number of complaints made to Essex police by cyclists about alleged dangerous or careless or aggressive behaviour by motor vehicle drivers supported by video evidence.

2) the number of such complaints which led to charges against the motor vehicle drivers

Yours faithfully,

Paul Gannon

Data FOI Essex,

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Dear Data FOI Essex,

You have not replied, as required by law, to my request for information about the number of complaints by cyclists with supporting video evidence & number on which action was taken.

I look forward to your complying with the law on answering requests in the time specified, thank you,

Yours sincerely,

Paul Gannon

Data FOI Essex,

1 Atodiad

Please accept our apologies for the delay in responding to your FOI
request 10944.

 

This unit has had a substantial increase in FOI requests which has
resulted in a delay in the service we provide.

 

I have made enquiries and will reply to you as soon as possible.

 

Thank you for your patience.

 

Kind regards

 

Jessica Casey

Information Officer

Data Protection & Freedom of Information

Information Management

Continuous Improvement

Essex Police Headquarters

External Tel: 101 ext 150030

E-Mail:[email address]

Fax: 01245 452256 (int: 150045)

Non Emergency Telephone Number: 101 

 

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Dear Data FOI Essex,

Hello, a response to my FOI request is now long overdue and I look forward to a reply soon, thank you

Yours sincerely,

Paul Gannon

Jessica Casey 42077705,

1 Atodiad

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
Sec1(1)(a) is to confirm or deny whether the information specified in a
request is held. The second duty at Sec1(1)(b) is to disclose information
that has been confirmed as being held. Where exemptions are relied upon
s17 of FOIA 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:

1) the number of complaints made to Essex police by cyclists about alleged
dangerous or careless or aggressive behaviour by motor vehicle drivers
supported by video evidence.

 

2) the number of such complaints which led to charges against the motor
vehicle drivers

Having completed my enquiries I am able to respond as follows:

In respect of Sec 1(1)(a), Essex Police does hold information relating
to your request however the obligation of Sec 1(1)(b) cannot be met as
Essex Police does not hold all the information requested in a format that
allows it to be retrieved within the time and cost limits 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.”

While we can search for the total number of complaints from ALL road users
and subsequent action, we are unable to provide you with the number of
complaints made by cyclists about alleged dangerous or careless or
aggressive behaviour by motor vehicle drivers supported by video evidence
specifically.  This information cannot be processed by means of purely
sorting or filtering data sources or running a database query tool. 

To provide this information, would require the manual examination of
individual records .  This process in addition to exceeding the time
limits mentioned would also entail the creation of data which we are not
obliged to do under the FOI act.

Consequently, and to this extent, Essex Police are exempt from the duty to
provide 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.

Having said that, and in an effort to assist - although excess cost
removes the forces obligations under the Freedom of Information Act, we
can provide you with the total number of complaints from ALL road users
and subsequent action.  Should this be of interest, please do let us know.

Thank you for your interest in Essex Police.

 

Kind regards

 

Jessica Casey

Information Officer

Data Protection & Freedom of Information

Information Management

Continuous Improvement

Essex Police Headquarters

External Tel: 101 ext 150030

E-Mail:[email address]

Fax: 01245 452256 (int: 150045)

Non Emergency Telephone Number: 101 

 

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