FOI request - face mask fines

Naomi made this Freedom of Information request to Cleveland Police as part of a batch sent to 45 authorities

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Dear Cleveland Police,

Please can you advise how many fines have been issued since face masks/coverings have been mandatory in shops (24th July) and indoor locations (8th August).

Can you also detail the fine amount as well please.

Yours faithfully,

Naomi Aharony

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Freedom of Information, Cleveland Police

Enquiry Ref: 12172/2020

I acknowledge receipt of your request for information dated 18th August 2020 and received by this office on that date.

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Freedom of Information, Cleveland Police

Dear Ms Aharony,

Enquiry Ref: 12172/2020

I write in connection with your request for information dated 19th August 2020 and received by this office on that date. Below are the questions raised in your request and our response.

Please can you advise how many fines have been issued since face masks/coverings have been mandatory in shops (24th July) and indoor locations (8th August).
Can you also detail the fine amount as well please.
a) a) We have made enquiries within the force and can advise you that within the timescale of your request there were no fines issued for failure to wear face masks/coverings.
When a Covid 19 related Fixed Penalty Notice is recorded the force provides the information by individual return (each officer) to ACRO (https://www.acro.police.uk/ ).
This force does not hold information in relation to how many fines, or the details of these fines, that were subsequently issued to an offender The National Criminal Records Office ‘ACRO’ has the responsibility, on behalf of all forces, to manage the Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) process including its issuing to the individuals in breach of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 (the regulations).
The National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) collate the data nationally, and information in relation to this is available on their website or alternatively you may wish to contact the NPCC directly.

Please note any statistical data supplied in relation to Freedom of Information requests is a snapshot of data held at the time the request was received by the Freedom of Information office and is subject to constant change/updates.

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If you are not satisfied with this response or any actions taken in dealing with your request you have the right to request an independent internal review of your case under our review procedure. The APP College of Policing guidance states that a request for internal review should be made within 20 working days of the date on this response or 40 working days if extenuating circumstances to account for the delay can be evidenced.

We have made every effort to ensure a response was provided within statutory deadlines, however due to current circumstances delays have been unavoidable. If your response was late we apologise for any inconvenience it may have caused. If we can be of any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact this office.

Yours sincerely,

Ms E McGuigan
Freedom of Information Decision Maker
Directorate of Standards and Ethics
Cleveland Community Safety Hub | 1 Cliffland Way | Hemlington | TS8 9GL
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