Charging standards for assault by store detectives

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Dear Crown Prosecution Service,

Dear Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate,

What are the charging standards for cases of assault and false imprisonment against members of the public by security personnel and store detectives?

Is some degree of physical restraint tolerated even where there is no clear evidence that a person has stolen or attempted to steal merchandise?

Is the degree of suspicion relevant?

Is lack of apology by the individual concerned or their employer considered an aggravating circumstance?

Would the employer being a high profile retailer be considered grounds for an exemplary prosecution?

If the police have clear evidence of any degree of force being used to stop and detain a suspect where the individual concerned (ie the one who did the stopping) do they in the view of the CPS have any discretion on whether to refer the matter to the CPS?

Yours faithfully,

Peter Nockolds

Freedom of Information Unit, Crown Prosecution Service

Dear Mr Nockolds,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

I acknowledge receipt of your request for information which was received on 31 January 2012 and I am dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Please note there is a twenty working day limit (from receipt of request) in which we are required to respond to requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

The deadline for your request is 28 February 2012. However, we will endeavour to respond sooner.

Yours sincerely

Mr I V Baker
Information Management Unit
Tel: 020 3357 0899

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Baker Ian, Crown Prosecution Service

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Dear Mr Nockolds

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST REF: 3109

 

Please find attached a response to your FOIA request.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Ian Baker

Information Management Unit

Crown Prosecution Service

[1]www.cps.gov.uk

 

 

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Dear Ian Baker,

Thank you, but at least one of the links

http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/1_to_o/offen...

is broken

Please resend the information as soon as convenient.

Yours sincerely,

Peter Nockolds

Baker Ian, Crown Prosecution Service

Dear Mr Nockolds

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST REF: 3109

My apologies that one of the links provided were not found.

Please see the amended link now provided below.

http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/l_to_o/offen...

Yours sincerely,

Ian Baker
Information Management Advisor
Crown Prosecution Service
www.cps.gov.uk

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