Section 43 Terrorism Act Searches

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Darryl J Lee (Mr.)

Dear West Yorkshire Police,

Please confirm the number of searches of persons reasonably suspected by police officers of being a terrorist (Section 43 Terrorism Act 2000) conducted in each of the last five years and,

Please confirm the percentage of searches that result in the searching-officer/s finding evidence that the detained person is a terrorist (within the statutory definition).

Yours faithfully,

Darryl J Lee (Mr.)

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Good afternoon,

Please would you clarify the following:

For the first question, when you say last 5 years do you mean calendar years or financial years?

For the second question, we are able to provide the volume of the above searches that resulted in an arrest in relation to the reason for the search. Is that information sufficient?

Thank you

Kind Regards
Nicole Smith
Disclosure Assistant
Information Management
Digital Policing
Due to significant demand in high risk areas, and the impact of Covid 19, there is likely to be a delay in responding to your request within usual timeframes. Please be assured that we are working hard to prioritise and training additional staff to respond as promptly as possible. If there are exceptional circumstances relating to your request for which it may need to be prioritised, please contact us via email ([email address]) with further details. Whilst you may not receive an immediate response, we will do our best to meet your requirements.

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Darryl J Lee (Mr.)

Dear Freedom of Information,

When I say "5 years" I mean the preceding five years. You may chose between five calendar years or financial years.

Re: Q2. You tell me that you can provide "the volume" of "the above searches" (I.e. section 43 Terrorism Act) "that resulted in an arrest in relation to the reason for the search" (Suspected terrorism). IF by "volume" you mean a percentage, then that is sufficient to answer my request (b).

I presume you know how many suspected terrorists were searched and not arrested (Request (a)).

Yours sincerely,

Darryl J Lee (Mr.)

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Good afternoon,

Thank you I have passed this onto the relevant department dealing with your request.

Thank you

Kind Regards
Nicole Smith
Disclosure Assistant
Information Management
Digital Policing
Due to significant demand in high risk areas, and the impact of Covid 19, there is likely to be a delay in responding to your request within usual timeframes. Please be assured that we are working hard to prioritise and training additional staff to respond as promptly as possible. If there are exceptional circumstances relating to your request for which it may need to be prioritised, please contact us via email ([email address]) with further details. Whilst you may not receive an immediate response, we will do our best to meet your requirements.

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Good Morning,

 

Thank you for your request for information received by West Yorkshire
Police on 19.10.20.

 

You requested the following information:

 

Please confirm the number of searches of persons reasonably suspected by
police officers of being a terrorist (Section 43 Terrorism Act 2000)
conducted in each of the last five years and,

 

Please confirm the percentage of searches that result in the
searching-officer/s finding evidence that the detained person is a
terrorist (within the statutory definition).

 

 

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