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Dear Essex Police,

Please provide the following to me:

- number of complaints made of incidents of indecent exposure in Stag Lane or High Road, IG9 since June 2008. Please provide specific documents.

- action taken by Essex Police for each complaint. Please provide specific documents.

- arrests made following complaints of indecent exposure in Stag Lane or High Road, IG9 since June 2008. Please provide specific documents relating to arrests.

Yours faithfully,

[personal information removed] [personal information removed]

data foi, Essex Police

Classification: NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED

Thank you for your enquiry which has been logged under the above
reference.

Under the Freedom of Information Act we are required to reply within 20
working days but given the current very high number of requests being
received this may not be possible.

We will reply as soon as possible and please accept our apologies for the
inconvenience any delay may cause.

Steve Grayton
Information Officer
Data Protection & Freedom of Information
Information Management
Strategic Change Management Department
Essex Police Headquarters
PO Box 2, Springfield, Chelmsford, CM2 6DA
' : Dial 101 then ext. 150029
Fax: 01245 452256
Email : data[Essex Police request email]
Personal email: [email address]
Website: www.essex.police.uk
Hours of work : Mon - Thurs 7:30 to 15:30
Fri 7:30 to 15:00

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Shirley Elderfield, Essex Police

Classification: NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED

Thank you for your enquiry which has been logged under the above
reference. Having completed my enquiries I am able to respond as follows:

Section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) places two duties
on public authorities. Unless exemptions apply, the first duty at
Sec1(1)(a) is to confirm or deny whether the information specified in a
request is held. The second duty at Sec1(1)(b) is to disclose information
that has been confirmed as being held. Where exemptions are relied upon
s17 of FOIA requires that we provide the applicant with a notice which: a)
states that fact b) specifies the exemption(s) in question and c) states
(if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption applies.

In respect of your enquiry:

Please provide the following to me:

 

1. number of complaints made of incidents of indecent exposure in Stag
Lane or High Road, IG9 since June 2008. Please provide specific documents.

    

 2. action taken by Essex Police for each complaint. Please provide
specific documents.

    

 3. arrests made following complaints of indecent exposure in Stag Lane or
High Road, IG9 since June 2008. Please provide specific documents relating
to arrests.

 

 

I advise that FOI is all about recorded information and not the provision
of documents so we are unable to provide copies of documents.

 

We have difficulty in answering your request accurately as the Crime
Recording System used by Essex Police records the number of offences in
accordance with the Home Office Counting Rules
[1]http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/countru... rather than incidents
which is what you have requested. Crime and anti-social behaviour figures
by street can be found at [2]http://www.POLICE.UK/  by entering the street
name or postcode.

 

The systems used by Essex Police to record incidents and arrests were not
designed for searching for purposes such as FOI requests.
Further, incidents are not recorded necessarily by the location of where
the incident took place. For example, you are looking for details of calls
of indecent exposures in Stag Lane or High Road Buckhurst Hill, however
these could be recorded under the address of the caller which may of
course be different; they could also be listed under a totally different
area if the caller lived elsewhere.

 

Essex Police do not hold all of this as recorded information in the form
of a single detailed breakdown, to provide a detailed breakdown such as
you describe would qualify as the creation of new information which the
Act does not require us to do.

 

In terms of Freedom of Information, I am afraid that the specific
information you were seeking access to is not held by Essex Police in what
is referred to as in a readily accessible format.

 

For the purposes of section 17 (5) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOIA) this response serves as a formal notification of refusal of your
request on the basis that Essex Police does not hold, for the purposes of
FOIA, the specific data in a readily accessible format. That is to say,
this data is not extractable from a central database or held in a
spreadsheet. To ascertain whether this information is held would entail a
manual search of Essex Police records; a process which would be likely to
exceed the appropriate limit (as mentioned at section 12 of the FOIA) in
terms of cost/time (£450 or the equivalent in time of 18 hours).

 

I would mention however that even if we could locate the information
requested, the exemption at s40 Personal Data would be likely to apply, as
to release data at a specific address could allow individuals to be
identified.

I am sorry that we are unable to assist with your request. 

Shirley Elderfield
Information Officer
Strategic Change Management Department
Essex Police HQ
Internal extension 150025
Direct Dial 01245 452647
Essex Police Non emergency Telephone Number (within Essex) 101 (Outside
Essex) 0300 333 4444
Fax: Internal 54142 External 01245 452256
Website: [3]www.essex.police.uk

Information Management, Strategic Change Management Department, Essex
Police Headquarters, PO Box 2, Springfield, Chelmsford, CM2 6DA

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your FOI request, you have
the right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should
be submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to
your original request and should be addressed to the Senior Information
Officer at the above address.

If your complaint refers to a decision to apply an exemption it would
assist the review if you would outline the reasons why you feel the
exemption does not apply.

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF or via [4]http://www.ico.gov.uk/

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From: data foi
Sent: 25 July 2012 08:41
To: '[personal information removed] [personal information removed]'
Subject: RE: FOI request our ref. 4452 Complaints of indecent exposure
[NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED]
Classification: NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED

Thank you for your enquiry which has been logged under the above
reference.

Under the Freedom of Information Act we are required to reply within 20
working days but given the current very high number of requests being
received this may not be possible.

We will reply as soon as possible and please accept our apologies for the
inconvenience any delay may cause.

Steve Grayton
Information Officer
Data Protection & Freedom of Information
Information Management
Strategic Change Management Department
Essex Police Headquarters
PO Box 2, Springfield, Chelmsford, CM2 6DA
' : Dial 101 then ext. 150029
Fax: 01245 452256
Email : data[Essex Police request email]
Personal email: [email address]
Website: www.essex.police.uk
Hours of work : Mon - Thurs 7:30 to 15:30
Fri 7:30 to 15:00

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