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Dear Merseyside Police,

1. What training are your officers (including detectives and senior officers and civilian staff) given in respect of dealing with people who have autism, be that person a witness, victim or suspect? If there is such training is the training done once, or is it repeated regularly?

2. Do you have a policy in respect of how your force should treat people who have autism, if so please send me a copy, as I cannot find one online.

3. If you have training as described at question 1, is this training compulsory or voluntary? Please provide any training slides, presentations or notes that are handed out or made available.

4. If you have training as described at question 1, when was it introduced, when was it last refreshed?

5. If you have training as described at question 1, how many of your officers as described in question 1, broken down by rank and civilian status undertook such training for each of the calendar years 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021?

6. What was the total number of staff in your force, by rank and civilian status in each of the years referred to at question 5?

7. How many people, including witnesses, victims and suspects were recorded as being autistic in each of the years referred to at question 5? Please provide a breakdown buy witness, victim and suspect.

8. How is the effectiveness of the training described at question 1 monitored?

Yours faithfully,

Matthew Lockett

Freedom Of Information, Merseyside Police

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Dear Freedom Of Information,

Your response to my request is now overdue. Could you please send your response immediately?

Yours sincerely,

Matthew Lockett

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circumstances.

 

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the Force regrets that individual acknowledgement e-mails will not be sent
even if specifically requested.

 

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Morning Matthew
Apologies that you did not receive your response on 14/03/2022 Unfortunately my colleague whom is dealing with your case is not in a position to respond to your request at this present time. Please be assured we will respond to your FOI application in due course. For the purposes of administration I am setting a new deadline date of 11/04/2022 by which point I will provide you with an update if the matter is still with the senior decision maker, but I would anticipate that you will receive your response well in advance of this date.

I can assure you that every effort will be made to respond within this new timescale

I apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Regards

Greg Taylor
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Hi Greg,

I don't think that your colleague not being "in a position to respond to [my] request at this present time" is a valid exemption for non-compliance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

I do not accept your arbitrary "new deadline date" as, once again, the Act does not provide for you to set such deadlines.

If a full response is not given by 30th March I will make a complaint to the Information Commissionaire.

Yours sincerely,

Matthew Lockett

Freedom Of Information, Merseyside Police

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If it contains an initial (new) request under FOI it will be dealt with in
accordance with section 10 of the Act which means that you are entitled to
receive a response no later than 20 working days after the first working
day* on which your request is received.

 

Other arrangements may apply if a fees notice is issued or if the time
period is extended in order that public interest considerations of our
response may take place. Section 10 also allows public authorities to
apply variations to the normal 20 working day timescale in some limited
circumstances.

 

Due to the volume of e-mail correspondence and FOI applications received,
the Force regrets that individual acknowledgement e-mails will not be sent
even if specifically requested.

 

If the correspondence cannot be dealt with as FOI, it will be forwarded
internally and you will be advised of the location. Any related
communication must be direct to the identified location and not the FOI
e-mail address.

 

*The ‘working day’ is defined as any day other than a Saturday, a Sunday,
Christmas Day, Good Friday or a day which is a bank holiday under the
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The first reckonable day is the working day after the working day of
receipt.

Although every effort will be made to ensure a response is provided within
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Afternoon  Applicant

 

I write in connection with your request for information received on
14/02/2022, reference, DJ 2022 0219 and note that you seek access to
the following information:

Can you please provide the following information

 

1. What training are your officers (including detectives and senior
officers and civilian staff) given in respect of dealing with people who
have autism, be that person a witness, victim or suspect? If there is such
training is the training done once, or is it repeated regularly?

 

2. Do you have a policy in respect of how your force should treat people
who have autism, if so please send me a copy, as I cannot find one online.

 

3. If you have training as described at question 1, is this training
compulsory or voluntary? Please provide any training slides, presentations
or notes that are handed out or made available.

 

4. If you have training as described at question 1, when was it
introduced, when was it last refreshed?

 

5. If you have training as described at question 1, how many of your
officers as described in question 1, broken down by rank and civilian
status undertook such training for each of the calendar years 2017, 2018,
2019, 2020, 2021?

 

6. What was the total number of staff in your force, by rank and civilian
status in each of the years referred to at question 5? [National data Sec
21]

 

7. How many people, including witnesses, victims and suspects were
recorded as being autistic in each of the years referred to at question 5?
Please provide a breakdown buy witness, victim and suspect. [is this sec
12?]

 

8. How is the effectiveness of the training described at question 1
monitored?

 

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Regards

 

Greg Taylor
Disclosure Analyst

FOI Team

Data Access Unit

Merseyside Police

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VERPOOL

L69 1JD

fax: 0151 777 1978

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