Firearms Crime Statistics for London

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Dominic Davis-Foster

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

I am writing to make a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Please could you tell me, for your force area and for each of the last 10 years that you are able to, the following:
• Number of deaths due to .22” bullets
• Number of injuries due to .22” bullets
• Number of other incidents involving legally held .22” firearms
• Number of arrests relating to .22” firearms (legally and illegally held)
• Number of convictions arising from offences involving .22” firearms (legally and illegally held)
• Number of unsolved cases involving .22” firearms
• Number of air weapons seized that use a self-contained gas cartridge, also called “tandem air cartridge” (TAC) or “Brocock”
• Number of .22” firearms held on firearm certificates

Please could you also tell me the calibres and brands of ammunition used by the force’s AFOs, both while training and while on duty.

If this request is too wide or unclear, I would be grateful if you could contact me as I understand that under the Act, you are required to advise and assist requesters. If any of this information is already in the public domain, please can you direct me to it, with page references and URLs if necessary.

I understand that you are required to respond to my request within the 20 working days after you receive this request. I would be grateful if you could confirm that you have received this request.

Yours faithfully,

Dominic Davis-Foster

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Davis-Foster

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2017100000009

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 29/09/2017.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

* I am writing to make a request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. Please could you tell me, for your force area
and for each of the last 10 years that you are able to, the following:
   • Number of deaths due to .22” bullets    • Number of injuries due
to .22” bullets    • Number of other incidents involving legally held
.22” firearms    • Number of arrests relating to .22” firearms
(legally and illegally held)    • Number of convictions arising from
offences involving .22” firearms (legally and illegally held)    •
Number of unsolved cases involving .22” firearms    • Number of air
weapons seized that use a self-contained gas cartridge, also called
“tandem air cartridge” (TAC) or “Brocock”    • Number of .22” firearms
held on firearm certificates Please could you also tell me the
calibres and brands of ammunition used by the force’s AFOs, both while
training and while on duty. If this request is too wide or unclear, I
would be grateful if you could contact me as I understand that under
the Act, you are required to advise and assist requesters. If any of
this information is already in the public domain, please can you
direct me to it, with page references and URLs if necessary. I
understand that you are required to respond to my request within the
20 working days after you receive this request. I would be grateful if
you could confirm that you have received this request.

This is to inform you that the MPS are unable to proceed with your request
as we require further information from you.  

PLEASE NOTE - In regard your request, please see the following;

We need to know whether you  want calendar years, financial years or would
like to specify other start and end times.  Also if you want it to be
broken down by month or presented in whole years.

AND

- Your request asks for the number of individuals convicted, please note
that the police service is responsible for the investigation of offences
however the subsequent prosecution - and potentially a conviction - would
be a matter for the Crown Prosecution Service.  

As the MPS are not the prosecuting authority we do not have any dedicated
systems to record this information.  Potentially information on
convictions may be held in paper records or in MPS systems however we
would be unlikely to be able to retrieve such information within the cost
limit.  Instead of convictions the MPS records the number of individual's
who are proceeded against, this is known as PPA (People Proceeded
Against).  This PPA information is recorded on our systems and can be
obtained from them.  

Would you like us substitute the convictions aspect of your request with
PPA data?

After receiving your reply, your request will then be considered and you
will receive a response within the statutory timescale of 20 working days.

However, if the requested additional information has not been received by
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to proceed with this request and will treat it as withdrawn.

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Yours sincerely,

Peter Deja
Support Officer - Freedom of Information Triage Team
 
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Dominic Davis-Foster

Dear Peter,

Thank you for your swift reply.

Please could you group the data by calendar years. There is no need to break it down by month.

If you could send the figure(s) for People Proceeded Against instead of for convictions that will be fine.

Yours faithfully,

Dominic Davis-Foster

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Davis-Foster

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2017100000009

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 29/09/2017.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

* I am writing to make a request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. Please could you tell me, for your force area
and for each of the last 10 years that you are able to, the following:
   • Number of deaths due to .22” bullets    • Number of injuries due
to .22” bullets    • Number of other incidents involving legally held
.22” firearms    • Number of arrests relating to .22” firearms
(legally and illegally held)    • Number of convictions arising from
offences involving .22” firearms (legally and illegally held)    •
Number of unsolved cases involving .22” firearms    • Number of air
weapons seized that use a self-contained gas cartridge, also called
“tandem air cartridge” (TAC) or “Brocock”    • Number of .22” firearms
held on firearm certificates Please could you also tell me the
calibres and brands of ammunition used by the force’s AFOs, both while
training and while on duty. If this request is too wide or unclear, I
would be grateful if you could contact me as I understand that under
the Act, you are required to advise and assist requesters. If any of
this information is already in the public domain, please can you
direct me to it, with page references and URLs if necessary. I
understand that you are required to respond to my request within the
20 working days after you receive this request. I would be grateful if
you could confirm that you have received this request.

* REDEF receieved ;

* Thank you for your swift reply. Please could you group the data by
calendar years. There is no need to break it down by month. If you
could send the figure(s) for People Proceeded Against  instead of for
convictions that will be fine.

Your request will now be considered in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (the Act).  You will receive a response within the
statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act.  

If you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please contact
us at [email address] or on the phone at 0207 161 3500, quoting the
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will be able to pass on a message and/or advise you of the relevant
contact details.

Yours sincerely

Peter Deja
Support Officer - Freedom of Information Triage Team
 
COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Are you unhappy with how your request has been handled or do you think the
decision is incorrect?

You have the right to require the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to
review their decision.

Prior to lodging a formal complaint you are welcome to discuss the
response with the case officer who dealt with your request.  

Complaint

If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision of
the MPS made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding
access to information you can lodge a complaint with the MPS to have the
decision reviewed.

Complaints should be made in writing, within forty (40) working days from
the date of the refusal notice, and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Information Rights Unit
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF
[email address]

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 20 working days.

The Information Commissioner

After lodging a complaint with the MPS if you are still dissatisfied with
the decision you may make application to the Information Commissioner for
a decision on whether the request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of the Act.

For information on how to make application to the Information Commissioner
please visit their website at www.ico.org.uk.  Alternatively, write to or
phone:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone: 0303 123 1113

Consider our environment - please do not print this email unless
absolutely necessary.

NOTICE - This email and any attachments may be confidential, subject to
copyright and/or legal privilege and are intended solely for the use of
the intended recipient. If you have received this email in error, please
notify the sender and delete it from your system.  To avoid incurring
legal liabilities, you must not distribute or copy the information in this
email without the permission of the sender. MPS communication systems are
monitored to the extent permitted by law.  Consequently, any email and/or
attachments may be read by monitoring staff. Only specified personnel are
authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
reached with other employees or agents.  The security of this email and
any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned
but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

 

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