Freedom of Information Request: Child Pornography Searches and Convictions

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AdrianPaulBryanVince

Dear Staffordshire Police,

Wednesday 19th April 2017

Dear Sirs

Freedom of Information Request

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, intelligence 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 faithfully,

AdrianPaulBryanVince

Staffordshire Police

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Dear Mr Bryan-Paul,
Thank you for your Freedom of Information request, you will receive a
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Kind regards,
Roger Randle
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AdrianPaulBryanVince

Dear Staffordshire Police,

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

Staffordshire Police

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Dear Mr Bryan-Vince

 

Please find attached the response to your Freedom of Information request.

 

Kind Regards,

 

Roger Randle

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Staffordshire Police HQ

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Staffordshire Police

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AdrianPaulBryanVince

Dear Roger,

Re Freedom of Information Request

As a special exception, I am offering to Reduce the Data Period to 2014/15, which should reduce the Research by around 60%;

As I have also simplified some of my bulleted Requests as follows, I believe I have reduced my overall FOI Request by around 70% - 80% :

Freedom of Information Request ( Reduced and Partially Revised )

Please can you kindly provide myself with the following Data:

1. During the period 2014/15, how many Search Warrants have been carried out in regard to Possession of Online Child Pornography or Online Child Exploitation?

2. Of these Searches, how many found clear evidence of Possession of Online Child Pornography?

3. Of these, how many contained more than 2% 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./S.O.P.O.)?

5. Of those Convicted, how many had previously been Convicted of Sexual Crime(s) against a Child or Children Under 16 (Rape, Indecent Assault or Grooming)?

6. Of those Convicted of Possession of Online Child Pornography, how many were later Convicted of Sexual Crime(s) against a Child or Children Under 16 (Rape, Indecent Assault or Grooming)?

If possible, could you please also create a table the relevant numbers and percentages. I suggest an Excel table would work these out automatically.

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. If there is likely to be a Partial Charge for this Information, to wit, any sum over £450, please kindly let me know.

I have also offered to make a partial contribution to the supplying of Data beyond a certain amount. However, I am on Disability Benefits, so that would not be easy to come by. I also note that the sum of £450 is simply a Guideline Figure and there can be exceptions made to this.

Furthermore, I would point out that the Data gained by this Study would be hugely beneficial to various Agencies, including the Police, Social Services, Probation and Safeguarding Charities, etc.

If, after all of the above compromises and concessions, you are still unwilling to Comply with my very reasonable FOI Request, I would immediately insist upon an Internal Review (however, I hope and trust this will not prove necessary).

Regards

Yours sincerely,

Adrian Paul Bryan-Vince

Staffordshire Police

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Dear Mr Bryan-Vince,

 

Thank you for your email regarding the above Freedom of Information
response.

I wish to inform you that despite the refinements proposed,  this
information would still fall within the Section 12 constraints. This is
due, as stated within the response, to the fact that irrespective of the
time period requested no direct correlation between the  issuance of a
warrant and any subsequent investigation can be guaranteed. Therefore to
provide this information would require viewing all warrants issued and all
investigations containing any of the material detailed within your
request.

Warrants issued for any reason may result in this type of material being
found and the warrant would not be updated to reflect this. So for example
if an officer executing a warrant issued for a drugs search and seizure
subsequently finds material regarding indecent images of children, an
 investigation into this would commence with no links to the warrant or
the initial drugs investigation.

To provide the requested information, for one year alone, would
potentially require viewing thousands of records and cross correlating the
results.

If you require an internal review of this response please let us know.

 

Kind Regards,

 

Roger Randle

Central Disclosure Unit

Staffordshire Police HQ

PO BOX 3167

Staffordshire Police

ST16 9JZ

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T: Direct Dial 01785 232195

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AdrianPaulBryanVince

Dear Roger

I believe the Data I am seeking is very important and would be of great benefit to all manner of agencies and organisations, to wit, the Police, Probation, Social Services, Safeguarding Charities and Organisations, etc.

I do not see how I can reasonable reduce my FOI Request any further;

As it is, I have already had to seriously compromise my FOI Request.

I also do not accept that the eighteen (18) hour limit of four-hundred and fifty pounds (£450) is an absolute maximum in all cases.

I am therefore Requesting an Internal Review.

I would also reserve my Right to Appeal to the Information Commissioner were this Review to be unsuccessful.

Regards,

Yours sincerely,

AdrianPaulBryanVince

Staffordshire Police

Thank you for your request for an Internal Review. You shall receive a
response in due course.
Kind Regards
Darius Sanghori
Freedom of Information
Central Disclosure Unit
Staffordshire Police

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Julie Ferrie, Staffordshire Police

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Dear Mr Bryan Vince,

 

Please see attached response to your request for an internal review.

 

Regards

 

Julie Ferrie

 

OFFICIAL

 

Central Disclosure Unit

Staffordshire Police HQ

P.O. Box 3167

Stafford

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AdrianPaulBryanVince

Dear Julie Ferrie,

That attachment is not viewable, either as html or .doc

Yours sincerely,

AdrianPaulBryanVince

Freedom of Information, Staffordshire Police

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Dear Mr Bryan Vince

 

Thank you for your email bringing to our attention that you are unable to
open the attachment.  I have attached a further copy of our response to
your Freedom of Information request prepared by Julie Ferrie.

 

Regards

 

 

Tracey Brindley

Freedom of Information Decision Maker

Central Disclosure Unit

Staffordshire Police HQ

PO Box 3167

Stafford

ST16 9JZ

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AdrianPaulBryanVince

Dear Tracey / Julie [ Freedom of Information, ]

In view of your comments regarding Resources and Time Costings, I am hereby significant simplifying my FOI Request as follows (I have calculated that this will reduce the amount of Data required by around 70% - the change in the Time Period reduces this by 60% in itself):

1. [ During 2014 and 2015 ], how many people were Charged with Offences of Possession of Child Pornography?

2. Of those Charged, how many were Convicted?

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

5. Of those Convicted, how many had previously been Convicted of Sexual Contact or Grooming Crime(s) against Children Under 16?

6. Of those Convicted, how many were later Convicted of Sexual Contact or Grooming Crime(s) against Children Under 16?

Thanking you in advance of your cooperation

Yours sincerely,

AdrianPaulBryanVince

Staffordshire Police

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Dear Mr. Bryan Vince,

With regard to the below if you are not requesting the below as a result of a search warrant then we should be able to retrieve the data. However, it will depend on how many individuals there are who have received a charge/postal requisition as this will entail searching another system to establish if they have been convicted and if a Sexual Harm Prevent Order has been issued.

If it still does relate to search warrants then the response will be the same as the internal review.

If it does not relate to search warrants it will be treated as a new request.

Regards

Julie Ferrie

OFFICIAL

Central Disclosure Unit
Staffordshire Police HQ
P.O. Box 3167
Stafford
ST16 9JZ
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AdrianPaulBryanVince

Dear Julie / Freedom of Information,

The Search Warrant Information can be disregarded if this assists with Compliance with my Reduced FOI Request.

Thanking you in advance.

Yours sincerely,

AdrianPaulBryanVince

Staffordshire Police

Thank you for your FOI request.  You will receive a response in due
course.
Kind regards
Julie Ferrie
Central Disclosure Unit
Staffordshire Police

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Freedom of Information, Staffordshire Police

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Dear Mr Bryan-Vince,

 

Please see attached response to your Freedom of Information request.

 

Apologies for the delay in responding to your request.

 

Regards

Darius Sanghori

 

OFFICIAL

 

Central Disclosure Unit

Staffordshire Police HQ

P.O. Box 3167

Stafford

ST16 9JZ

T:switchboard 101

T:direct dial 01785 232195

E:[Staffordshire Police request email]

 

AdrianPaulBryanVince

Dear Darius / Freedom of Information,

Thank for you the combined Data for 2014 and 2015.

Could you please provide the relevant Data for each Year separately?

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

AdrianPaulBryanVince

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