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Please provide the number of arrests (if any) made by Fisheries Enforcement Officers/Water Baliffs between 2015 and 2020 (inclusive), specifying the offences committed by suspects.

Additionally, please provide information as to how many times use of force (for example, drawing a baton or utilising handcuffs) has been recorded over the same period.

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Dear Enquiries Unit,

I request this data for the entirety of England. I do not require the data to be broken down area-specifically.

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From: Arthur Coulter [mailto:[FOI #730992 email]]
Sent: 05 March 2021 17:24
To: National Requests <[Environment Agency request email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Use of force and arrests

 

Dear Environment Agency,

 

Please provide the number of arrests (if any) made by Fisheries
Enforcement Officers/Water Baliffs between 2015 and 2020 (inclusive),
specifying the offences committed by suspects.

 

Additionally, please provide information as to how many times use of force
(for example, drawing a baton or utilising handcuffs) has been recorded
over the same period.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Arthur Coulter

 

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Dear Environment Agency,

Please can you confirm whether this request is in progress or not? I initially expected a response by 6 April, however, was required to resubmit the request to a different team. Even when taking this into consideration, I should have received a response by 14 April – in accordance with the requirement for you to respond promptly.

Yours sincerely,

Arthur Coulter

National Requests, Environment Agency

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Dear Coulter,

 

Enquiry regarding – Use of Force and Arrest Data

 

Reference: NR209599

 

Thank you for your enquiry which was received on March 5, 2021 and please
accept our apology for the delay in our response.

 

We respond to requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and
Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

We provide the number of arrests made by Fisheries Enforcement Officers
between 2015 - 2020 and specify the suspected offences at time of arrest.

We also provide the number of occasions that use of force has been
recorded over the same period.

 

Please refer to [1]Open Government Licence which explains the permitted
use of this information.

 

The table below shows the data for both arrests and use of force during
the requested period:

 

By EA use
financial arrests of
year force
2015-16 6 4
2016-17 12 4
2017-18 7 2
2018-19 7 6
2019-20 12 8
2020-21 0 0
TOTAL
2015-2020
INCLUSIVE 44 24

 

 

The table below shows suspected offences for those arrests during the
requested period:

 

Note: SAFFA = Salmon and Freshwater Fishery Act 1975

ARREST SUSPECTED
OFFENCE(S)
SAFFA Section
1 27 & Sec 35 
Theft Act 1968
Schedule 1
paragraph 2(1)

Police Act
2 1996 Section
89(2) 

SAFFA Section
35
SAFFA Section
31(2)
Theft Act 1968
Schedule 1,
paragraph 2(1)

Police Act
1996 Section
89(2)

SAFFA Section
3 31(2)
SAFFA 1975
Section 27
4 (net)
5 SAFFA 1975
Section 27
SAFFA 1975
6 Section 27
SAFFA - Sec 27
(1)(a) & Sec
7 35
8 SAFFA Section
27  
SAFFA Section
9 27
SAFFA, Water
Resources Act
1991- Schedule
10 25
SAFFA 1975,
11 Police Act,
Theft Act
SAFFA 1975 and
Salmon Act
1986 Sections
12 27 & 32
SAFFA 1975 &
Salmon Act
1986 -
Sections 27
13 and 32
SAFFA 1975 &
Salmon Act
14 1986 -
Sections 27
and 32
SAFFA 1975 -
15 Sec 1 (a) (v)
SAFFA 1975 -
16 Sec 1 (a) (v)
SAFFA 1975 and
17 Salmon Act
1986 - Sec 27,
1 & 2
SAFFA 1975 and
Salmon Act
1986 - Sec 27,
18 1 & 2
SAFFA 27A, 35,
Police Act
89(2),Regional
Byelaws 11A
&11B, national
byelaw 6 phase
19 1
20 SAFFA Section
(27)
SAFFA Section
21 27(1)(a)
SAFFA Section
22 (27)
23 SAFFA Section
27 & 35
SAFFA Section
24 (27)
SAFFA Sections
25 1 & 27 (net)
26 SAFFA Section
27(1)(a)
SAFFA Section
27 27 & 35
SAFFA 1975 27
& 35, National
Byelaws, Theft
Act 1985,
28 Police Act
29 SAFFA Section
(27)(A)
SAFFA Section
30 27 & 35
SAFFA Section
31 27 & 35
32 SAFFA Section
(27)(b)
Theft Act
1968, Section
33 1 - 7
Theft Act
1968, Section
34 1 - 7
Theft Act
35 1968, Section
1 - 7
SAFFA Section
36 27 & 35
SAFFA 27,
2(2)(a)
National
37 Byelaws
SAFFA and EA
National
38 Byelaw,
Sections 27 &
35(8)
SAFFA Section
27 & Water
Resources Act
1991 Section
39 6(2)(C)
SAFFA Section
27(1)(a) Theft
Act Schedule 1
40 paragraph 2(1)
41 SAFFA Section
27 (net)
SAFFA Section
42 27 (net)
SAFFA Section
43 (27)(b)
44 SAFFA Section
(27)(1)(a)

 

This above information is centrally held and is correct at the time of
request.

 

You will note there have been no arrests or use of force in 2020/21. This
is largely due to the coronavirus pandemic and since patrols restarted,
our safe systems of working have ensured social distancing to keep both
the public and our officers safe. 

 

Please get in touch if you have any further queries or contact us within
two months if you’d like us to review the information we have sent.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

National Request Team

National Customer Contact Centre

Contact Centre Services - Part of Operations, Regulation, Monitoring &
Customer

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