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Freedom of Information Request: Child Pornography Searches and Convictions

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AdrianPaulBryanVince

Monday 10th April 2017

Dear Sirs

Freedom of Information Request

Please can you kindly provide myself with the following Information:

1. Between either 2011 and 2015, how many Search Warrants have been carried out in regard to allegations or tip-offs in regard to possession of online Child Pornography?

2. Of these Searches, how many found clear evidence of possession of online Child Pornography?

3. Of these, how many contained more than a handful, or significant numbers of, Category A and/or Category B images and/or videos?

4. Of those Convicted, how many were given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (S.H.P.O. Or the earlier titled S.O.P.O.)?

5. Of those Convicted, how many had previously been Convicted of Sexual Contact Crime(s) against Children?

6. Of those Convicted, how many were later Convicted of Sexual Contact Crime(s) against Children?

If there is a Charge for this Information, please kindly let me know.

Thanking you in advance of your response.

Regards

Yours Sincerely

Adrian Paul Bryan-Vince

Data FOI Essex, Essex Police

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Data FOI Essex, Essex Police

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

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
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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.

 

 

Jessica Casey

Information Officer

Data Protection & Freedom of Information

Information Management

Corporate Services

Essex Police Headquarters

External Tel: 101 ext 150030

E-Mail:Data[Essex Police request email]

Fax: 01245 452256 (int: 150045)

Non Emergency Telephone Number: 101 

 

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AdrianPaulBryanVince

Dear Data FOI Essex,

The word "either" should not be in my first sentence.

Apologies for the typo.

Yours sincerely,

AdrianPaulBryanVince

AdrianPaulBryanVince

Dear Data FOI Essex,

Apologises for the lack of clarity in respect of one part of my FOI request.

I hereby clarify my FOI request as follows:

By "Sexual Contact Crimes" against Children, I mean Crimes such as Rape, Indecent Assault, Molestation of a Child or Children under 16, or Grooming of a Child or Children under 16 with evidenced or clear intent to commit Sexual Offences;

Furthermore, by "more than a handful" of Cat A or Cat B images, I mean at least 1% of the overall number of images, except where that 1% of images would be over 25 images (to wit, the total number of images was over 2,500);

The number of images for those under 1% and those over 1% would be very much appreciated, together with the percentage and associated numerical statistics for those with a moderate to very large total of overall images (to wit over 1,000 to potentially millions images.)

The more data the better, but I am conscious you have time limits and there would be a potential charge for a lot of information and research.

Of course, given sufficient statistics, I could work out the percentages for myself, but I will leave yourselves to decide whether or not you are willing to table all of the relevant numbers and percentages (I would suggest that an Excel table would work these out automatically).

Thanking you in advance.

Yours sincerely,

Adrian Paul Bryan-Vince

Data FOI Essex, Essex Police

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

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
[1]www.ico.gov.uk specific information relating to submitting a request
can be found at:
[2]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.

 

 

Jessica Casey

Information Officer

Data Protection & Freedom of Information

Information Management

Corporate Services

Essex Police Headquarters

External Tel: 101 ext 150030

E-Mail:Data[Essex Police request email]

Fax: 01245 452256 (int: 150045)

Non Emergency Telephone Number: 101 

 

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AdrianPaulBryanVince

Dear Data FOI Essex,

It is now 1st October 2017 and you have still not Complied with my FOI Request from 19th April 2017!

Yours sincerely,

AdrianPaulBryanVince

Data FOI Essex, Essex Police

Your email has been received and will receive attention.

 

Please note however that this Team is currently experiencing a high volume
of requests and delays in response may occur. Unless your email is
re-directed elsewhere we aim to respond within 20 working days.

 

Please see the Essex Police website for more information about the Force,
and what this team does:  [1]https://www.essex.police.uk/

 

If your email relates to a Road Traffic Collision please re-direct your
email to [2][email address]

 

For non-emergency calls to Essex Police please use the 101 telephone
number. In the case of an emergency, please dial 999.

 

Data Protection & Freedom of Information
Information Management
Continuous Improvement
Essex Police Headquarters
PO Box 2, Springfield, Chelmsford, CM2 6DA

 

This email and any other accompanying document(s) contain information from
Kent Police and/or Essex Police, which is confidential or privileged. The
information is intended to be for the exclusive use of the individual(s)
or bodies to whom it is addressed. The content, including any subsequent
replies, could be disclosable if relating to a criminal investigation or
civil proceedings. If you are not the intended recipient, be aware that
any disclosure, copying, distribution or other use of the contents of this
information is prohibited. If you have received this email in error,
please notify us immediately by contacting the sender or telephoning Kent
Police on 01622 690690 or Essex Police on 01245 491491, as appropriate.

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2. mailto:[email address]

Kerry Nicholson 42006441, Essex Police

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Please accept our 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 a delay in the service provided from this unit. I have
made enquiries and can reply as follows,

 

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

 

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:

 

Please can you kindly provide myself with the following Information:

 

1. Between 2011 and 2015, how many Search Warrants have been carried out
in regard to allegations or tip-offs in regard to possession of online
Child Pornography?

 

2. Of these Searches, how many found clear evidence of possession of
online Child Pornography?

 

3. Of these, how many contained more than a handful, or significant
numbers of, Category A and/or Category B images and/or videos?

 

4. Of those Convicted, how many were given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order
(S.H.P.O. Or the earlier titled S.O.P.O.)?

 

5. Of those Convicted, how many had previously been Convicted of Sexual
Contact Crime(s) against Children?

 

6. Of those Convicted, how many were later Convicted of Sexual Contact
Crime(s) against Children?

 

Clarification – received

 

By "Sexual Contact Crimes" against Children, I mean Crimes such as Rape,
Indecent Assault, Molestation of a Child or Children under 16, or Grooming
of a Child or Children under 16 with evidenced or clear intent to commit
Sexual Offences;

 

Furthermore, by "more than a handful" of Cat A or Cat B images, I mean at
least 1% of the overall number of images, except where that 1% of images
would be over 25 images (to wit, the total number of images was over
2,500);

 

The number of images for those under 1% and those over 1% would be very
much appreciated, together with the percentage and associated numerical
statistics for those with a moderate to very large total of overall images
(to wit over 1,000 to potentially millions images.)

 

The more data the better, but I am conscious you have time limits and
there would be a potential charge for a lot of information and research.

 

Of course, given sufficient statistics, I could work out the percentages
for myself, but I will leave yourselves to decide whether or not you are
willing to table all of the relevant numbers and percentages (I would
suggest that an Excel table would work these out automatically).

 

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.”

 

Essex Police are unable to provide the level of details requested within
the time and cost limits mentioned above as a full review of each
investigation relating to child abuse images would need to be undertaken.

 

Consequently, and to this extent, Essex Police are exempt from the duty to
provide data under the provisions of section 12(1) of the FOI Act. 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.

Section 16 (1) of the FOIA provides that a public authority is required to
provide advice and assistance and I can confirm we can provide the number
of offences as Essex Police records crime statistics based on a notifiable
list as set out by the Home Office Counting rules and these offences are
more likely to be extracted from our systems
[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...)

Thank you for your interest in Essex Police and we are sorry that we have
not been able to provide all 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.

 

Kind regards,

 

 

 

 

 

Kerry Nicholson
Senior Information Officer

Information Management | Continuous Improvement

Essex Police HQ
Internal extension 150044
Direct Dial 01245 452647
Essex Police Non emergency Telephone Number (within Essex) 101 (Outside
Essex) 0300 333 4444
Fax: Internal 150045 External 01245 452256
Website: [2]www.essex.police.uk

Information Management, Continuous Improvement, Essex Police Headquarters,
PO Box 2, Springfield, Chelmsford, CM2 6DA

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Please note, if you require further information or wish to resubmit a
request please refer to the information found on the Commissioner’s
website regarding submission of effective requests
[4]https://www.ico.org.uk/for_the_public/of...

 

Your right to complain

 

If you feel your request has not been properly handled, or you are
otherwise dissatisfied with the outcome of your request you have the right
to complain.

 

Complaints should be submitted within 20 working days from the date of
this response and should be addressed to the Senior Information Officer at
the above address or by email to:  [5][Essex Police request email]

 

We will conduct a review to investigate your complaint and endeavour to
reply within 20 working days.

 

Please explain which aspect of the reply you are not satisfied with, and
if your complaint concerns the decision to apply an exemption it would
assist the review if you would outline why you believe the exemption does
not apply.

           

If you are still dissatisfied following our review, you have the right
under section 50 of the Act to complain directly to the Information
Commissioner. Before considering your complaint, the Information
Commissioner would normally expect you to have exhausted the complaints
procedures provided by Essex Police

 

The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information
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Kent Police and/or Essex Police, which is confidential or privileged. The
information is intended to be for the exclusive use of the individual(s)
or bodies to whom it is addressed. The content, including any subsequent
replies, could be disclosable if relating to a criminal investigation or
civil proceedings. If you are not the intended recipient, be aware that
any disclosure, copying, distribution or other use of the contents of this
information is prohibited. If you have received this email in error,
please notify us immediately by contacting the sender or telephoning Kent
Police on 01622 690690 or Essex Police on 01245 491491, as appropriate.

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