Dear Essex Police,

I am getting in touch with you regarding a Freedom of Information request. Please could you provide me the following information relating to your police force for the years 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, relating to the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 and Control of Dogs Order 1992 and Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014:

A) how many Community Protection Notices has your police force issued to individuals following reports of aggressive dog behaviour in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 respectively?

B) how many injunctions has your police force issued to individuals following reports of aggressive dog behaviour in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 respectively?

C) how many dog ownership bans has your police force issued to individuals following reports of aggressive dog behaviour in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 respectively?

D) how many dogs were seized by your police force in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 respectively?

E) how many dogs were destroyed after seizure by your police force in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017?

Please could you provide the following information to me in table format, either in Word or Excel document, with the data broken down by the years specified above.

Thanks in advance for your help,

Bex Friis-Jansen

Data FOI Essex,

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Thank you for your enquiry which has been logged under the reference 12156

Under the Freedom of Information Act we are required to reply within 20 working days. The Act does not specify a limit to the number of information requests a public authority may receive or the number of requests or questions an applicant may submit. However, there are exemptions in the Act that can apply and these include where the cost of complying with the request would extend beyond the reasonable cost limit, (currently 18 hours or £450), or if the request is otherwise manifestly unreasonable in its scope or nature.

Requests that ask a great many questions, or a number of detailed requests submitted at the same time, may make it necessary for Essex Police to refuse the requests wholly or in part. The exemption at s14 may be engaged if the burden on the authority is increased through multiple requests on differing subjects

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has responsibility for providing oversight and guidance for the legislation and they have produced advice for applicants on submitting effective requests. Further information can be found on the Commissioner’s website at www.ico.gov.uk specific information relating to submitting a request can be found at: https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/offici...

While we process your request, please take the time to consider the ICO’s advice and whether you feel it may be beneficial to amend or refine your request. Our team is happy to discuss your request with you and will be able to provide advice as to what kind of information will be available from Essex Police.

Kind regards

Information Rights Team
Information Management Department
Strategic Change Directorate – Essex Police HQ
Direct Dial 01245 452647 – ext 150030

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Data FOI Essex,

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

Please accept our sincere apologies in regard to the delay in responding
to your original request. This unit has had a substantial increase in FOI
requests which has resulted in a delay to the service provided from this
unit.

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:

A) how many Community Protection Notices has your police force issued to
individuals following reports of aggressive dog behaviour in 2013, 2014,
2015, 2016 and 2017 respectively?

B) how many injunctions has your police force issued to individuals
following reports of aggressive dog behaviour in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
and 2017 respectively?

C) how many dog ownership bans has your police force issued to individuals
following reports of aggressive dog behaviour in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
and 2017 respectively?

D) how many dogs were seized by your police force in 2013, 2014, 2015,
2016 and 2017 respectively?

E) how many dogs were destroyed after seizure by your police force in
2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017?

Having completed enquiries Essex Police can respond as follows, 

In respect of Sec 1(1)(a), Essex Police does hold information relating to
your request however the obligation of Sec 1(1)(b) cannot be met as Essex
Police does not hold all the information requested in a format that allows
it to be retrieved within the time and cost limits of FOI.

 

When responding to a request for information under the terms of the
Freedom of Information Act, a public authority is not obliged to provide
information if the authority estimates that the cost of the retrieval of
the information requested would be in excess of £450 (equivalent to 18
hours work). The costs criteria relates to a request in its entirety,
which means that if we cannot retrieve all of the information requested
within the costs limit, we are not obliged to retrieve any of the
information requested.

 

 Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act states that a public
authority is not obliged to:

“…comply with a request for information if the authority estimates that
the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate
limit.”

 

The following will provide an explanation of the difficulty in retrieving
this information. In terms of the first three questions, Essex Police
cannot extract this information because it is not one of the 21 home
office outcome methods attached to an investigation and Essex Police
systems are designed primarily for the management of individual cases and
not for the production of statistical information. Essex Police would have
difficulty in answering your request as this information is not held in a
readily accessible format. While reporting tools can be used to extract
some information via database queries, the information that can be
retrieved by such means is quite limited and highly inaccurate based on a
keyword search.  Information is often entered onto systems via free-text
entry fields, which may be non-searchable using database queries, or
because of the nature of free text entry, may result in information being
produced that is subject to a degree of inaccuracy.

 

Members of the dog section would not be recorded as the officers in the
case (OIC) of the investigation and consequently would not be updated upon
how the outcome of the investigation was finalised. This information would
need to be requested from each officer that owns the relevant
investigation and this would exceed the time and cost limits under the
act. Any further query into additional data  fields would result in the
further collation and creation of data, and there is no requirement under
the act for this to be carried out.

 

Consequently, and to this extent, Essex Police are exempt from the duty to
provide all the information you have requested under the provisions of
section 12(1) of the FOI Act. Therefore, and in accordance with section
17(1) of the Act, this communication must act as a refusal notice to
provide all of the information that could be interpreted as being captured
by this part of your request.

 

Having said that  - although the above would exceed costs, Section 16 (1)
of the FOIA provides that a public authority is required to provide advice
and assistance, Essex Police can provide a response for question D and E,
by running a query against the property system to ascertain how many
entries there are in relation to dogs and the outcome of that property
entry.

 

Total Number with
property 'destruction'
Year entries included in
relating the method of
to dogs disposal
2013 106 14
2014 92 13
2015 119 12
2016 88 12
2017 129 18

 

 

Because a public authority is required to provide advice and assistance
under Section 16 (1) the following links provide the principles under
which reports received from victims are recorded and gives details
regarding police recorded crime statistics based on a notifiable list as
set out by the Home Office Counting rules. These offences are more likely
to be extracted from our systems together with outcomes and age/gender if
required.

 

Please see the following link
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Thank you for your interest in Essex Police and we are sorry that we have
not been able to provide the information you have requested on this
occasion. If you do require further information a new request will need to
be submitted and the request will be dealt with accordingly.

 

Information Management Department

Strategic Change Directorate

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If you require further information or wish to submit a request, please
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Complaints should be submitted within 20 working days from the date of
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We will conduct a review to investigate your complaint and endeavour to
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Please explain which aspect of the reply you are not satisfied with, and
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Commissioner. Before considering your complaint, the Information
Commissioner would normally expect you to have exhausted the complaints
procedures provided by Essex Police

 

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