Freedom of Information Request: Child Pornography Searches and Convictions

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AdrianPaulBryanVince

Dear Northamptonshire 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

Kelly Ian,

Dear Mr Vince

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - REQUEST FOR INFORMATION Our Ref: 001885/17

I write in reply to your e-mail received 19/04/2017 requesting information as reproduced below.

Our reference for the request is 001885/17.

Your request is being processed and you may expect a reply within 20 working days, which will be 18/05/2017. In some circumstances we may not be able to achieve this timescale, but if this is likely to be the case you will be informed at the earliest opportunity and given a revised timescale.

Yours sincerely

C1507 Ian Kelly
Information Unit Manager
Tel: 101 Ext 346940
[email address]
Force Headquarters, Wootton Hall, Northampton, NN4 0JQ
If calling from outside Northamptonshire please call 03000 111 222
Northamptonshire Police: Putting Communities First

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AdrianPaulBryanVince

Dear Kelly Ian,

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

Kelly Ian,

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Dear Mr Vince   

 

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - REQUEST FOR INFORMATION Our Ref:
001885/17

 

With reference to your e-mail received 19/04/2017 requesting information
as reproduced below:

 

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?

 

We do not hold a database with all the warrants that have been issued.

 

I am advised by the team that deals with Sex Offenders that they do not
hold records of sex offenders that have resulted from Search Warrants, the
only way that they could establish such information would be to review
each case on their system to establish if the arrest and investigation had
resulted from a warrant.

 

I am able to provide figures for the total number of SOPO/SHPO between
2011 and 2015:

 

2011 – 71

2012 – 66

2013 – 45

2014 – 66

2015 – 63

 

The information you are requesting is not held by Northamptonshire Police
in any reasonably retrievable form. The only means of establishing
information of the nature you are requesting would be by way of a manual
examination of each person’s record to determine where the information
that led to the outcome in the questions you have raised for those whose
outcome was a SOPO or SHPO.

 

It is my assessment that the cost of providing you with the information
requested would exceed the 'appropriate level' as set out in the Freedom
of Information (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004.

 

My assessment is that it would cost 62 (average number of records per
year) x 20 minutes each (minimum) = over 20 hours for each year or 100
hours for the period requested at £25 per hour to respond to your request,
which exceeds the 'appropriate limit' (currently £450 for 'prescribed
costs').

 

Furthermore, in 2015, 114 people were suspected of involvement in online
sexual offences i.e... people who download and distribute indecent images
of children

 

Again, each record would have to be checked to determine if a search
warrant was undertaken at any premise and if so the source of that
warrant. My assessment is that it would cost 114 x 20 minutes each
(minimum) = over 38 hours at £25 per hour to respond to your request,
which exceeds the 'appropriate limit' (currently £450 for 'prescribed
costs').

 

In view of the above, and in accordance with the provisions of the Freedom
of Information Act 2000, please take this letter as a Refusal Notice.

 

I trust you find this information to be satisfactory but if you have any
further queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Northamptonshire Police provides a review and appeals procedure within the
terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. If you decide to make an
appeal and, having followed the full process you are still dissatisfied,
you will then have the right to direct your comments to the Information
Commissioner who will give due consideration to the matter. See Appendix
'a' attached.

 

Yours sincerely

 

C1507 Ian Kelly
Information Unit Manager
Tel: 101 Ext 346940
[1][email address
Force Headquarters, Wootton Hall, Northampton, NN4 0JQ
If calling from outside Northamptonshire please call 03000 111 222
Northamptonshire Police: Putting Communities First

 

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AdrianPaulBryanVince

Dear Kelly Ian,

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?

3 [ Question removed ]

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

Kelly Ian,

Dear Mr Vince

Firstly can I point out that my name is Ian Kelly as in my signature below.

I note your amendment to the questions you have raised and will deal with this as a new request.

Our reference for the request is 002383/17.

Your request is being processed and you may expect a reply within 20 working days, which will be 14/06/2017. In some circumstances we may not be able to achieve this timescale, but if this is likely to be the case you will be informed at the earliest opportunity and given a revised timescale.

C1507 Ian Kelly
Information Unit Manager
Tel: 101 Ext 346940
[email address]
Force Headquarters, Wootton Hall, Northampton, NN4 0JQ
If calling from outside Northamptonshire please call 03000 111 222
Northamptonshire Police: Putting Communities First

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AdrianPaulBryanVince

Dear Ian,

Apologies for the incorrect order of your name. This website formatted it that way.

Yours sincerely,

AdrianPaulBryanVince

Kelly Ian,

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Dear Mr Vince   

 

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - REQUEST FOR INFORMATION Our Ref:
002383/17

 

With reference to your e-mail received 16/05/2017 requesting information
as reproduced below:

 

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?

 

3 [ Question removed ]

 

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?

 

The number of persons charged for making/producing/distributing indecent
images of children in 2015 was 19 and 2 were cautioned. In 2014 3 people
were charged with this offence. We do not hold the conviction results
these may be available from the Ministry of Justice

 

I am advised that it is our policy to apply for a SHPO (previously SOPO
until March 2015) in every case where a relevant offence is committed.

 

  Number granted
2014 138
2015 127

 

As this information exists in more than one database and the information
you have requested is historical, I refer to my previous answer in
relation to this not being feasible.

 

The information you are requesting is not held by Northamptonshire Police
in any reasonably retrievable form. The only means of establishing
information of the nature you are requesting would be by way of a manual
examination of each person’s record to determine where the information
that led to the outcome in the questions you have raised for those whose
outcome was a SOPO or SHPO. I am advised by the relevant unit that we do
keep SHPO data, but cannot break it down to specific cases unless we do a
manual trawl of the database. It may also be that the person concerned was
not arrested or charged with the offence but processed by summons

 

Furthermore as I previously stated, in 2015, 114 people were suspected of
involvement in online sexual offences i.e. people who download and
distribute indecent images of children

 

It is my assessment that the cost of providing you with the information 
requested would exceed the 'appropriate level' as set out in the Freedom 
of Information (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004.

 

My assessment is that it would cost 140 (average number of SOPO/SHPO
records per year) x 15 minutes each (minimum) = 35 hours for each year at
£25 per hour to respond to your request, which exceeds the 'appropriate
limit' (currently £450 for 'prescribed  costs').

 

In view of the above, and in accordance with the provisions of the Freedom
of Information Act 2000, please take this letter as a Refusal Notice.

 

I trust you find this information to be satisfactory but if you have any
further queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Northamptonshire Police provides a review and appeals procedure within the
terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. If you decide to make an
appeal and, having followed the full process you are still dissatisfied,
you will then have the right to direct your comments to the Information
Commissioner who will give due consideration to the matter. See Appendix
'a' attached.

 

Yours sincerely

 

C1507 Ian Kelly
Information Unit Manager
Tel: 101 Ext 346940
[1][email address
Force Headquarters, Wootton Hall, Northampton, NN4 0JQ
If calling from outside Northamptonshire please call 03000 111 222
Northamptonshire Police: Putting Communities First

 

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AdrianPaulBryanVince

Dear Kelly Ian / Freedom of Information,

That extremely limited Data you have provided to me is of little use.

Many other Police Forces have provided far more and all of the Data Requested.

I now therefore hereby regard your non-cooperation as a Breach of the Freedom of Information Act and I will be reporting the matter to the Information Commissioners' Office if you continued to refuse to provide sufficient Data.

Regards,

Yours sincerely,

AdrianPaulBryanVince

Kelly Ian,

I am out of the office until Thursday 13th July 2017. If your email is
urgent please re-send to [email address].police or dial
101 and ask for x341172

 

Otherwise I will respond to your e-mail on my return.

 

Kind regards

 

Ian Kelly

Freedom of Information and Data Protection Manager