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Hi there,

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act.

1. Please could you disclose the number of arrests made by your police force in schools of a) students and b) staff in the calendar years 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020?

2. Please could you disclose the ethnicity of those arrested in each of the above years?

3. Please could you disclose the number of charges that were made as a result of those arrest in each of the above years (if any), including what the charges were?

4. Please could you disclose the ethnicity of those charged in each of the above years?

Thanks,
Ruby Lott-Lavigna

#Freedom of Information Requests, Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Thank you for your request for information. Your request will now be considered and you will receive a response within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act. In some circumstances Avon and Somerset Constabulary may be unable to achieve this deadline if consideration needs to be given to the public interest test. If this is likely you will be informed and given a revised time-scale at the earliest opportunity.

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James Clifton Our 344/21
Reference
[FOI #738213 email] Date 01
April
2021

 

Dear J Clifton,

 

Re: Request for information dated 19^th March 2021 under the Freedom of
Information Act.

 

I write in connection with your above request where you asked as follows:-

 

1.    Please could you disclose the number of arrests made by your police
force in schools of a) students and b) staff in the calendar years 2017,
2018, 2019 and 2020?

 

2.    Please could you disclose the ethnicity of those arrested in each of
the above years?

 

3.    Please could you disclose the number of charges that were made as a
result of those arrest in each of the above years (if any), including what
the charges were?

 

4.    Please could you disclose the ethnicity of those charged in each of
the above years?

 

Our response:

 

Your request has been considered and I regret to advise you that your
request is refused because we estimate that the cost of retrieving the
requested information would exceed the cost limits under the Act which is
currently set at £450 or 18 staff hours work. This letter represents a
Refusal Notice under the Act.

 

This is because the information requested is not centrally recorded and
would involve an extensive search of our files to find and collate it.
Currently our crime recording system does not centrally record location
types therefore we would be required to manually review all arrests made
within the timeframe requested to establish if the location was a school.
Additionally, information recorded by the constabulary is done so lawfully
and only for policing purposes. As such, there is no requirement for the
constabulary to record the occupation of a victim or offender, however it
should be noted that officers will consider safeguarding measures
regarding occupation on a case by case basis.  

 

An initial search has identified in excess of 75,000 individual arrested
since 2017 and at an average review time of five minutes per record it is
estimated it would take considerably longer than 18 hours to comply.

 

Due to the reasons set out above, I am therefore unable to assist you in
refining your request to fit within the cost and time limits set out
within the Freedom of Information Act.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Adam Northcott

FOI Disclosure Officer

 

Mail: Freedom of Information, Legal Services Directorate, Avon and
Somerset Constabulary, Force HQ, PO Box 37, Valley Road, Portishead,
BRISTOL, BS20 8QJ

Email  [1][email address]

 

[2]www.avonandsomerset.police.uk  |  Follow us on [3]Twitter and
[4]Facebook

 

Please note:

1.                    Requests and responses may be published on Avon and
Somerset Constabulary’s website (within 24 hours), some of which may

contain a link to additional information, which may provide you with
further clarification.

2.                    Whilst we may verbally discuss your request with you
in order to seek clarification, all other communication should be made in

writing.

3.                    Avon and Somerset Constabulary provides you with the
right to request a re-examination of your case under its review

procedure (copy attached).

 

 

 

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Hi there,

I would like to request an internal review. I understand that most police forces hold the location information of arrests, and therefore this would not require a search throughout the entire arrest system.

Yours sincerely,
Ruby Lott-Lavigna

#Freedom of Information Requests, Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Legal Services Directorate
Force Headquarters, PO Box 37, Valley Road,
Portishead, Bristol, BS20 8QJ
Facsimile 01275 814667
    

Our Reference
344/21

Date
09/04/21   

Dear J Clifton,

I acknowledge receipt of your email dated 08/08/21 requesting that Avon and Somerset Constabulary review its response to your request for information.

The review will be conducted in accordance to Avon and Somerset Constabulary’s review procedure and every effort will be made to have a response to you as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Officer
Legal Services Directorate

Please note;
1. Whilst we may verbally discuss your request with you in order to seek clarification, all other communication should be made in writing.

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#Freedom of Information Requests, Avon and Somerset Constabulary

1 Attachment

Legal Services Directorate

Force Headquarters,

PO Box 37, Valley Road,

Portishead,

Bristol,

BS20 8QJ

Email [email address]    

 

 

 

 

James Clifton Our 344/21
Reference
[FOI #738213 email] Date 11
February
2021

 

Dear Mr Clifton

 

Re: Request for internal review dated 19^th March 2021 under the Freedom
of Information Act.

 

I write in response to your request for an internal review of your recent
FOI application in relation to Weapon Possessions in schools. The purpose
of an internal review is to establish whether the application was
processed correctly and in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act.

 

In your request you asked;

 1. Please could you disclose the number of arrests made by your police
force in schools of a) students and b) staff in the calendar years
2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020?

 

 2. Please could you disclose the ethnicity of those arrested in each of
the above years?

 

 3. Please could you disclose the number of charges that were made as a
result of those arrest in each of the above years (if any), including
what the charges were?

 

 4. Please could you disclose the ethnicity of those charged in each of
the above years?

 

I have reviewed your application and I am satisfied that the response from
the Constabulary met the requirements of the Act.

The Constabulary does hold the location of arrest, which you mention in
your email. However this is recorded as an address, rather than a location
type. As such this does not enable us to conduct an electronic search.

 

I will further clarify below, the way the information is recorded.

 

The Constabulary does record the detail you have requested. The difficulty
is identifying that information and collating it, to provide a statistical
response to you.

 

Initially to identify all the requested information we would need to
identify all arrests that took place at schools. This in itself poses a
problem as this cannot be facilitated by way of an electronic search. 

The details of the address will be captured, as the location address, or
schools name. There is not flag/tag that identifies the location by type,
eg school, shop, public house, etc.

Our previous recording system did capture this detail, as indeed other
Forces will have a system that enables an electronic search of this
nature.

For Avon and Somerset Constabulary, the only way we could facilitate this
request would be to review each address of every arrest during the four
year period.

The detail regarding if this was a school would either be apparent if the
school is named as “school”, “academy” etc, or be in the details of the
crime record.

Some may not be apparent, and perhaps only identified by a secondary
google search for example, therefore attributing to any inaccuracies.

 

You have requested details spanning a four year period, covering every
arrest type, therefore the amount of work required would be significant,
and I am therefore satisfied the exemption was applied correctly.

 

The only other option I could see would be for yourself to provide us with
a list of addresses you would like us to base our search on, and perhaps
refine your request to a shorter time frame (months not years), and refine
the arrest type/offences. However dependent on the volume of records this
could identify it is probable this would not be achievable.

 

 

If you consider the Constabulary has failed to meet its obligations under
the Act you have the right to raise the matter with the Information
Commissioner who may agree to investigate this matter on your behalf. The
Information Commissioner can be contacted at the following address:

 

Wycliffe house,

Water Lane,

Wilmslow,

Cheshire,

SK9 5AF

 

Telephone 0303 1231113.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Olivia Hillyard
Acting Force Freedom of Information Officer

[1]www.avonandsomerset.police.uk  | Follow us on [2]Twitter and
[3]Facebook

 

 

 

Please note:

1.     Requests and responses may be published on Avon and Somerset
Constabulary’s website (within 24 hours), some of which may contain a link
to additional information, which may provide you with further
clarification.

2.     Whilst we may verbally discuss your request with you in order to
seek clarification, all other communication should be made in writing.

3.     Avon and Somerset Constabulary provides you with the right to
request a re-examination of your case under its review procedure (copy
attached).

 

 

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#Freedom of Information Requests, Avon and Somerset Constabulary

1 Attachment

Legal Services Directorate

Force Headquarters,

PO Box 37, Valley Road,

Portishead,

Bristol,

BS20 8QJ

Email [email address]    

 

 

 

 

James Clifton Our 344/21
Reference
[FOI #738213 email] Date 11
February
2021

 

Dear Mr Clifton

 

Re: Request for internal review dated 19^th March 2021 under the Freedom
of Information Act.

 

I write in response to your request for an internal review of your recent
FOI application in relation to Weapon Possessions in schools. The purpose
of an internal review is to establish whether the application was
processed correctly and in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act.

 

In your request you asked;

 1. Please could you disclose the number of arrests made by your police
force in schools of a) students and b) staff in the calendar years
2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020?

 

 2. Please could you disclose the ethnicity of those arrested in each of
the above years?

 

 3. Please could you disclose the number of charges that were made as a
result of those arrest in each of the above years (if any), including
what the charges were?

 

 4. Please could you disclose the ethnicity of those charged in each of
the above years?

 

I have reviewed your application and I am satisfied that the response from
the Constabulary met the requirements of the Act.

The Constabulary does hold the location of arrest, which you mention in
your email. However this is recorded as an address, rather than a location
type. As such this does not enable us to conduct an electronic search.

 

I will further clarify below, the way the information is recorded.

 

The Constabulary does record the detail you have requested. The difficulty
is identifying that information and collating it, to provide a statistical
response to you.

 

Initially to identify all the requested information we would need to
identify all arrests that took place at schools. This in itself poses a
problem as this cannot be facilitated by way of an electronic search. 

The details of the address will be captured, as the location address, or
schools name. There is not flag/tag that identifies the location by type,
eg school, shop, public house, etc.

Our previous recording system did capture this detail, as indeed other
Forces will have a system that enables an electronic search of this
nature.

For Avon and Somerset Constabulary, the only way we could facilitate this
request would be to review each address of every arrest during the four
year period.

The detail regarding if this was a school would either be apparent if the
school is named as “school”, “academy” etc, or be in the details of the
crime record.

Some may not be apparent, and perhaps only identified by a secondary
google search for example, therefore attributing to any inaccuracies.

 

You have requested details spanning a four year period, covering every
arrest type, therefore the amount of work required would be significant,
and I am therefore satisfied the exemption was applied correctly.

 

The only other option I could see would be for yourself to provide us with
a list of addresses you would like us to base our search on, and perhaps
refine your request to a shorter time frame (months not years), and refine
the arrest type/offences. However dependent on the volume of records this
could identify it is probable this would not be achievable.

 

 

If you consider the Constabulary has failed to meet its obligations under
the Act you have the right to raise the matter with the Information
Commissioner who may agree to investigate this matter on your behalf. The
Information Commissioner can be contacted at the following address:

 

Wycliffe house,

Water Lane,

Wilmslow,

Cheshire,

SK9 5AF

 

Telephone 0303 1231113.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Olivia Hillyard
Acting Force Freedom of Information Officer

[1]www.avonandsomerset.police.uk  | Follow us on [2]Twitter and
[3]Facebook

 

 

 

Please note:

1.     Requests and responses may be published on Avon and Somerset
Constabulary’s website (within 24 hours), some of which may contain a link
to additional information, which may provide you with further
clarification.

2.     Whilst we may verbally discuss your request with you in order to
seek clarification, all other communication should be made in writing.

3.     Avon and Somerset Constabulary provides you with the right to
request a re-examination of your case under its review procedure (copy
attached).

 

 

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