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Freedom of Information: time held in custody

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Dear Sir/Madam,

My name is Sarah and I am using a WhatDoTheyKnowAccount shared with my colleagues Harriet Clugston and Claire Wilde. I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information:

For the calendar years of 2019 and 2020, I would like you to provide me with the number of people booked into the force’s custody suites following an arrest, broken down by month. I would like you to provide me with the age, sex and ethnicity of each detainee as well as the crime or power under which they were detained.

For each detainee, I would like you to provide me with the time of arrival at the designated custody facility and the time of their custody record’s closure, regardless of whether the outcome was bail, RUI, a charge or any other outcome. I am seeking only the time arriving in and leaving custody detention so please do not include days on bail etc.

For each detainee, please provide the total number of time spent in police custody in minutes

I would appreciate the information in spreadsheet format if possible. If there is any way in which you would like me to refine or explain my request further, please let me know.

Yours Sincerely,

Sarah Wilson

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Freedom of Information, Cleveland Police

Enquiry Ref: 12987/2021

I acknowledge receipt of your request for information received by this office on 4th June 2021.

As set out by the Freedom of Information Act it will be our aim to respond to your request within 20 working days that is by 2nd July 2021. In some cases, however, we may be unable to achieve this deadline and would hope to contact you should this be the case.

Although every effort will be made to ensure a response is provided within statutory deadlines, due to current circumstances delays may be unavoidable. We apologise for any inconvenience and will endeavour to process your request as quickly as is practicable.

Please note the ‘working day’ is defined as any day other than a Saturday, a Sunday, or a day which is a bank holiday in any part of the United Kingdom. The first reckonable day is the first working day after receipt.

If you have any questions regarding your request please contact this office.

Yours sincerely,

Ms E McGuigan
Freedom of Information Decision Maker
Directorate of Standards and Ethics
Cleveland Community Safety Hub | 1 Cliffland Way | Hemlington | TS8 9GL
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Freedom of Information, Cleveland Police

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Dear Ms Wilson,

Enquiry Ref: 12987/2021

I write in connection with your request for information dated 4th June 2021 and received by this office on that date. Please accept our apologies for the late response, your patience is appreciated.
Below are the questions raised in your request and our response?

For the calendar years of 2019 and 2020, I would like you to provide me with the number of people booked into the force’s custody suites following an arrest, broken down by month. I would like you to provide me with the age, sex and ethnicity of each detainee as well as the crime or power under which they were detained.
For each detainee, I would like you to provide me with the time of arrival at the designated custody facility and the time of their custody record’s closure, regardless of whether the outcome was bail, RUI, a charge or any other outcome. I am seeking only the time arriving in and leaving custody detention so please do not include days on bail etc.
For each detainee, please provide the total number of time spent in police custody in minutes
a) We have attached and excel document that contains all of the information we have been able to retrieve but would also rely upon the below exemptions.

Section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) places two duties on public authorities. Unless exemptions apply, the first duty at Section 1(1) (a) is to confirm or deny whether the information specified in a request is held. The second duty at Section 1(1) (b) is to disclose information that has been confirmed as being held. Where exemptions are relied upon Section 17 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.
Cleveland Police can neither confirm nor deny that it holds information pertinent to this request as the duty in Section 1(1) (a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not apply, by virtue of the following exemptions:
Section 24(1) National Security;
Section 31(1) Law enforcement;
This should not be taken as conclusive evidence that any information that would meet your request exists or does not exist.
Sections 24 and 31 are prejudice based qualified exemptions and there is a requirement to articulate the harm that would be caused in confirming or not that the information is held as well as carrying out a public interest test.

Factors favouring confirming or denying whether any other information is held for Section 24
The public is entitled to know how public funds are spent and resources are distributed within an area of policing. In the current financial climate of cuts and with the call for transparency of public spending disclosure would enable improved public debate and a better informed public can take steps to protect themselves.

Factors against confirming or denying whether any other information is held for Section 24
Disclosure of information, no matter how generic, cannot be in the public interest if ongoing or future operations or investigations to protect the public would be compromised. Security measures are put in place to protect the community we serve and disclosure would have an impact on certain investigations and/or operations which could have implications for National Security.

Factors favouring confirming or denying whether any other information is held for Section 31
Better awareness may reduce crime or lead to more information from the public, and the public would be able to take steps to protect themselves. Some information is already in the public domain.

Factors against confirming or denying whether any other information is held for Section 31
By confirming or denying whether such techniques were used would compromise law enforcement tactics and undermine the partnership approach which would hinder the prevention or detection of crime. This would impact on police resources, more crime would then be committed and individuals
placed at risk.

Balance test
The security of the country is of paramount importance and the Police service will not divulge whether information is or is not held if to do so could undermine National Security or compromise law enforcement. Whilst there is a public interest in the transparency of policing operations and in this case providing assurance that the police service is appropriately and effectively engaging with the threat posed by the criminal fraternity, there is a very strong public interest in safeguarding both national security and the integrity of police investigations and operations in this area.
As much as there is public interest in knowing that policing activity is appropriate and balanced in such matters this will only be overridden in exceptional circumstances.
There is also no requirement to satisfy any public concern over the legality of police operations and the investigations. Forces are already held to account by statute and therefore our accountability is not enhanced by confirming or denying whether any information is held.
Therefore it is our opinion that for these issues the balancing test for confirming or denying whether any information is held regarding these techniques is not made out. This argument is obviously transferable to all police tactics.
None of the above can be viewed as an inference that the information you seek does or does not exist.

Please note any statistical data supplied in relation to Freedom of Information requests is a snapshot of data held at the time the request was received by the Freedom of Information office and is subject to constant change/updates.

The Cleveland Police response to your request is unique and it should be noted that Police Forces do not use generic systems or identical procedures to capture and record data therefore responses from Cleveland Police should not be used as a comparison with any other force response you receive.

If you are not satisfied with this response or any actions taken in dealing with your request you have the right to request an independent internal review of your case under our review procedure. The APP College of Policing guidance states that a request for internal review should be made within 20 working days of the date on this response or 40 working days if extenuating circumstances to account for the delay can be evidenced.

We have made every effort to ensure a response was provided within statutory deadlines, however due to current circumstances delays have been unavoidable. If your response was late we apologise for any inconvenience it may have caused and thank you for your patience. If we can be of any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact this office.

Yours sincerely,
Ms E McGuigan
Freedom of Information Decision Maker
Directorate of Standards and Ethics
Cleveland Community Safety Hub | 1 Cliffland Way | Hemlington | TS8 9GL
E-mail: [email address]

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Good afternoon

I hope you're well. I'd like to thank you for the return of information on my freedom of information request. However, when I submitted my original request I was hoping to have the data on the detainee's ethnicity, age etc. correlated with the time spent in custody.

I was wondering if it would be possible for you to correlate the data in this way? If doing so were to trigger an exemption based on identification, then I would like correlation between ethnicity and time spent in custody only rather than a rejection of the request altogether. Do let me know whether this would be possible and, if so, how long this may take to be returned to me. Many thanks!

Best

Sarah

Freedom of Information, Cleveland Police

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Freedom of Information, Cleveland Police

Dear Ms Wilson,

Enquiry Ref: 12987/2021

I write with reference to your e-mail of 24th August, I have made enquiries with the analyst that provided the data and they have asked if you could provide an example of how you require the data presented. They have also advised that there may be issues with potential identification of Individuals with data presented in table format.

I will await your response but should advise that due to sickness within the office there will be no one to action your response until Wednesday 1st September.

Yours sincerely,

Ms E McGuigan
Freedom of Information Decision Maker
Directorate of Standards and Ethics
Cleveland Community Safety Hub | 1 Cliffland Way | Hemlington | TS8 9GL
E-mail: [email address]

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Please do not use social media or email to report crime as we do not monitor these accounts 24/7. Dial 999 in an emergency or visit the contact us section of our website for all reporting options.

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