Forensic Archaeology and Undetected Homicide Cases

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

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)

Cyclops on behalf of Gary Quan, Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

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Information Rights Unit
PO Box 57192
  London
SW6 1SF
  United Kingdom

  Our Ref: 01/FOI/19/011463

  Date: 09/09/2019

   

 

 

 

Dear Ms Jones

 

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 01/FOI/19/011463

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 09/09/2019.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

 

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?

 

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Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Gary Quan

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Dear Ms Jones

 

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 01/FOI/19/011463

 

Please see the attached in respect of your Freedom of Information request
referenced above.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Alyson Parker

Information Manager

 

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Dear Cyclops on behalf of Alyson Parker,

Many thanks for your response, in light of this please could I revise my request to omit questions 7 & 8 as per your suggestion.

Yours sincerely,

Charlotte Jones

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Good morning Charlotte

I will forward your redefined request to our triage team for logging and you will receive an acknowledgement from them in the next couple of days.

Kind regards,

Alyson Parker / Information Manager / Information & Insight / strategy & Governance / MetHQ
Metropolitan Police Service
MetPhone 783156 / Telephone 020 7161 3156 / [email address]
Address – Information Rights Unit, PO Box 57192, London SW6 1SF

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Cyclops on behalf of Rozmarie Loizou, Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

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  Our Ref: 01/FOI/19/011804

  Date: 09/10/2019

   

 

 

 

Dear Ms Jones

 

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 01/FOI/19/011804

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 07/10/2019.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

 

"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?"

 

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] quoting the reference number above. Should your
enquiry relate to the logging or allocations process we will be able to
assist you directly and where your enquiry relates to other matters (such
as the status of the request) we will be able to pass on a message and/or
advise you of the relevant contact details. 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

R. Loizou

 

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

 

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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

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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
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Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

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Cheshire

SK9 5AF

Phone: 0303 123 1113

 

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Cyclops on behalf of Alyson Parker, Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

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Dear Ms Jones

 

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 01/FOI/19/011804

 

Please see the attached in respect of your Freedom of Information request
referenced above.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Alyson Parker

Information Manager

 

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

 

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

 

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review their decision.

 

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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

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PO Box 57192

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[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
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Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

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SK9 5AF

Phone: 0303 123 1113

 

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