Arrests under the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016

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Dear Police Service of Northern Ireland,

Please provide the number of arrests made under the Psychoactive Substances Act since May 2016, broken down by month and by the offence suspected of being committed. This information should be available by conducting a search of the NSPIS for CJS codes that begin with ‘PS160’.

Please also provide the number of these arrests where nitrous oxide was the substance in question. This information should be available by searching the above records for the following terms:

Laughing gas
Nitrous oxide
NOS
NO2
Canisters
Gas canisters
Balloons

Please provide the requested data in Excel format.

Yours faithfully,

Mark Wilding

Police Service of Northern Ireland

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9th April 2018

Dear Mr. Wilding,

FREEDOM of INFORMATION ACT 2000

I write in connection with your request for information dated 9th April
2018 which was received by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI)
on 9th April 2018.  I note you seek access to the following information:

Arrests made under the Psychoactive Substances Act

This request will be dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. A response should be sent to you within 20 working
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Dear Police Service of Northern Ireland,

Please note the 20 working day time limit for compliance with this request has now passed. Can you please provide an update?

Yours faithfully,

Mark Wilding

Police Service of Northern Ireland

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Dear Mr Wilding,

Unfortunately, the PSNI is currently experiencing a delay in processing Freedom of Information and Data Protection requests and we are advising requesters of this in our initial acknowledgement email.

The Freedom of Information and Data Protection Unit is dealing with a high volume of requests and reduced staffing levels which has impacted on our ability to issue responses within the legislative time-frame.

Your request has not yet been allocated to a decision maker, please accept my apologies for any inconvenience this delay has caused you.

Kind regards,

Sharon
Corporate Information Branch
PSNI

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Dear Police Service of Northern Ireland,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Police Service of Northern Ireland's handling of my FOI request 'Arrests under the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016'.

The time limit for complying with this request has passed without a response or an indication of when one will be provided.

Yours faithfully,

Mark Wilding

Police Service of Northern Ireland

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Dear Mr Wilding,

Thank you for your email.

Unfortunately, the PSNI is currently experiencing a delay in processing Freedom of Information and Data Protection requests and we are advising requesters of this delay in our initial acknowledgement email.

The Freedom of Information and Data Protection Unit is dealing with a high volume of requests and reduced staffing levels which has impacted on our ability to issue responses within the legislative time-frame.

Your request is currently in a queue awaiting allocation to a Decision Maker. I can assure you that all our requests are being progressed as quickly as possible and please accept my apologies for any inconvenience this has caused you.

Please also note that Internal Reviews are not carried out until after a response has been issued. If on receipt of your response you are dissatisfied with any part of it and/or how it was dealt with, you are then entitled to request an Internal Review.

Regards

Kim

FOI & Data Protection

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Subject:        FOI-2018-00854
20th July 2018

Dear Mr. Wilding,

FREEDOM of INFORMATION ACT 2000

I write in connection with your request for information dated 9th April
2018 which was received by the Police Service of Northern Ireland on  9th
April 2018 concerning:

Arrests made under the Psychoactive Substances Act

 

Please find attached response to your request.

 

Yours sincerely

Alison

FOI Decision Maker
FOI Unit
PSNI HQ Brooklyn

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