Forensic Archaeology and Undetected Homicide Cases

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Dear Gloucestershire Constabulary,

I am a MSc student studying Forensic Science and Criminal Justice with the University of Leicester. I am currently completing my dissertation which seeks to look at the impact Forensic Archaeology has on unsolved homicide cases within the UK. I would be grateful if the following questions could be answered as outlined in the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Definition of terms for clarity:

Homicide – The unlawful killing of a person, to include murder and all categories of manslaughter.
Detected homicide case – a solved homicide case whereby a person(s) has been charged or has died prior to charges being brought.
Undetected homicide case – a currently unsolved homicide case.
Undetected homicide case review – the review of all evidence in relation to an undetected homicide case.

Freedom of Information Questions:

Q1. How many reported undetected homicide cases are there within your jurisdiction currently?
Q2. Do you currently have a team solely responsible for the review of undetected homicides?
Q3. What is the current standard undetected homicide case review frequency within your jurisdiction?
Q4. During the years 2011 – 2014 (inclusive), how many undetected homicide cases were reviewed within your jurisdiction?
Q5. During the years 2011 – 2014 (inclusive), how many undetected homicide cases were detected within your jurisdiction?
Q6. Does your jurisdiction currently have a Forensic Archaeologist to be called upon as required?
Q7. During the years 2011 – 2014 (inclusive), how many undetected homicide case reviews utilised Forensic Archaeology?
Q8. During the years 2011 – 2014 (inclusive), how many undetected homicide cases were detected as a result of Forensic Archaeology?
I would like to thank you in advance for taking the time to answer these questions. Should you require me to refine or clarify any part of my request, please do not hesitate to contact me under your section 16 duty.

Kindest regards

Charlotte Jones
BHSPT, Nat.Cert.Sci, BSc(hons)

FOI, Gloucestershire Constabulary

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Dear Gloucestershire Constabulary,

Many thanks for the acknowledgement of my request. As this request is now delayed, could you please advise as to the likely timescale in which I can expect your response.

Yours faithfully,

Charlotte Jones

FOI, Gloucestershire Constabulary

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Dear Ms Jones

Ref: 2019.0962

I refer to your email below and apologise for the delay in providing you with a response to your request. This has been due to an exceedingly high volume of requests and resourcing issues which have impacted both upon the Information Disclosure team and the business areas upon whom we rely to supply the information.

I hope to be able to provide you with a response as soon as we can and apologise for any inconvenience caused as a result of the delay.

Yours sincerely
Mrs G Macpherson

On behalf of G Macpherson
Disclosure Officer                                

Information Disclosure/Governance & Compliance
Gloucestershire Constabulary

1 Waterwells Drive | Quedgeley | Gloucestershire | GL2 2AN
Tel – 01452 754304 | Force Control Room - 101          
www.gloucestershire.police.uk
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Dear Charlotte Jones

 

Ref: 2019.0962

 

Please accept my apologies for the delay in providing you with a response
to your request. This has been due to an exceedingly high volume of
requests and resourcing issues which have impacted both upon the
Information Disclosure team and the business areas upon whom we rely to
supply the information.

 

I have been contacted today by the business area assisting with this
enquiry who have asked if you are able to clarify the following
information:

 

From the attached list, please could you indicate which of the police
outcomes are most appropriate for your enquiry.

 

If you are unable to give me this information, please indicate how I may
otherwise assist you.

 

Yours sincerely,

Miss N Cramb

Disclosure Officer

Information Disclosure / Governance & Compliance

Gloucestershire Constabulary

1 Waterwells Drive | Quedgeley | Gloucester | GL2 2AN

Phone - 01452 754304 | Force Control Room – 101

[1]www.gloucestershire.police.uk | [2]Twitter page | [3]Facebook page

 

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Dear FOI,

Many thanks for your reply. All outcomes will be suitable for me as I am looking at cases that have been classed as closed. This can be either by way of charges being brought or as a result of the offender passing away prior to charges being brought.

Yours sincerely,

Charlotte Jones

FOI, Gloucestershire Constabulary

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working days, however if we need to extend past this date we will advise
you of this.

 

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information, we will be in contact with you shortly.

 

Please note that the team only consists of 1 ½ full time equivalent roles
who are expected to receive in excess of 1250 different requests for
information per year, therefore during busy periods your query may take
longer than usual to respond to.

 

Thank you

 

 

 

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