BLM Protests

Elena Martyn made this Freedom of Information request to Surrey Police

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Dear Surrey Police,

I would be grateful if you could please provide me with the following information, under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

In your area...

1. How many arrests were made at BLM protests for all alleged crimes between 1st January 2020 and 1st November 2020?

2. Of these arrests, how many were made under the Coronavirus Act 2020 legislation?

3. Of those arrested, how many were first-time offenders?

4. How many charges have been brought against those arrested at BLM protests for all alleged crimes between 1st January 2020 and 1st November 2020?

5. Of these charges, how many were made under the Coronavirus Act 2020?

6. Of those charged, how many were first-time offenders?

7. How many police officers were injured as a result of BLM protests?

8. How many protesters were injured as a result of BLM protests?

For all of the above questions, please break these figures down by age, race, gender, alleged crime and month.

Yours faithfully,

Elena Martyn

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Information Access Team
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Dear Elena Martyn,

 

I write in connection with your request for information received on 10
November 2020.

 

You had asked:

 

1. How many arrests were made at BLM protests for all alleged crimes
between 1st January 2020 and 1st November 2020?  

2. Of these arrests, how many were made under the Coronavirus Act 2020
legislation? 

3. Of those arrested, how many were first-time offenders?  

4. How many charges have been brought against those arrested at BLM
protests for all alleged crimes between 1st January 2020 and 1st November
2020? 

5. Of these charges, how many were made under the Coronavirus Act 2020? 

6. Of those charged, how many were first-time offenders? 

7. How many police officers were injured as a result of BLM protests?

8. How many protesters were injured as a result of BLM protests?

 

For all of the above questions, please break these figures down by age,
race, gender, alleged crime and month.

 

Response:

Section 1 of the Freedom of information Act 2000 (FOIA) places two duties
on public authorities.  Unless exemptions apply, the first duty at
s1(1)(a) is to confirm or deny whether the information specified within a
request is held.  The second duty at s1(1)(b) is to disclose information
that has been confirmed as being held.  Where exemptions are relied upon
Section 17 of the FOIA requires that we provide the applicant with a
notice which: a) states that fact, b) specifies the exemption(s) in
question and c) state (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the
exemption applies.

The information that you have requested may be held by Surrey Police, but
not in an easily retrievable format.  This is because any relevant
information is not held in a single source, nor is there a ‘flag’ to
identify arrests within our crime recording system that may be linked to
any BLM protests. Therefore, it would necessitate a manual review of
hundreds, if not thousands of potential records to filter / extract any
relevant data that may be held.  It would not be possible to quantify how
long such an exercise would take, other than the scope of the whole
request is likely to well exceed the FOI cost threshold.

 

I am not obliged to release this information, as the time and cost
involved to go through each record to provide the information requested,
is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond, i.e. the
cost of locating and retrieving the information exceeds the “appropriate
level” as stated in the Freedom of Information (Fees and Appropriate
Limit) Regulations 2004.

In accordance with Section 17 of FOIA this letter represents a Refusal
Notice for this part of your request.

 

Surrey Police provides you the right to request a re-examination of your
case under its review procedure. How to do this is set out in the attached
Appeals Notice.  Having followed the full procedure, if you are still
dissatisfied, then you have the right to direct your comments to the
Information Commissioner who will give your case consideration.

 

Thank you for your interest in Surrey Police. Should you have any further
enquiries concerning this matter, please write or contact us on 01483 -
630007 quoting the reference number above.

 

Yours sincerely
                                                                                                    

Neil Coventry

Information Access Team Decision Maker

Information Access Team

Surrey Police

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