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Guidance on Historic Child Sexual Assault Investigation

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Dear Essex Police and Crime Commissioner,

Kindly provide a copy of your guidance or policy which Essex
Police uses in investigating historic child sexual abuse
allegations please.

Yours faithfully,

Sarah Knight

Police and Crime Commissioner,

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Please do not reply to this automated response.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner

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Dear Ms Knight,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request received 14.10.13.
We will seek to attain the information you request and will reply in due course.

Yours sincerely,
Tina Bateman

Tina Bateman | Support Officer | Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex
3 Hoffmanns Way | Chelmsford | Essex CM1 1GU | T: 01245 291696 | Internal: 161696
Email: [email address]|   Web: http://www.essex.pcc.police.uk/ 

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Police and Crime Commissioner, Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner

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Dear Ms Knight,

I acknowledge receipt of your Freedom of Information (FOI) request , which has been recorded in accordance with our procedures.

The information requested is not held by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex. Rather than issue a formal refusal notice, I will forward your request to the Information Officer at Essex Police at [email address]

They will respond to you in due course.

I trust this course of action meets with your agreement?

Yours sincerely,

Jerry Drewett

Jerry Drewett
Operating Manager
Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex
01245 291605
Int: 161605
[email address]

http://www.essex.pcc.police.uk

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data foi, Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner

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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 but given the current very high number of requests being received this may not be possible.

We will reply as soon as possible and please accept our apologies for the inconvenience any delay may cause.

Kerry Nicholson
Information Officer
Strategic Change Management Department
Essex Police HQ
Internal extension 150025
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: www.essex.police.uk<http://www.essex.police.uk/>
Information Management, Strategic Change Management Department, Essex Police Headquarters, PO Box 2, Springfield, Chelmsford, CM2 6DA

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Shirley Elderfield, Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner

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Dear Ms Knight

 

Thank you for your enquiry which has been logged under the above
reference. Having completed my enquiries I am able to respond as follows:

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:

 

Kindly provide a copy of your guidance or policy which Essex Police uses
in investigating historic child sexual abuse allegations please.

 

Essex Police does hold the information requested.

 

Essex Police has no separate policy for investigating historic child
sexual abuse, however this will be covered by the force’s Rape
Investigation Policy and Child Abuse Investigation Policy. Details of
these policies can be found on the Essex Police website at the following
link:

 

[1]http://www.essex.police.uk/about/policie...

 

 

Because information relevant to your request is already available from
this website, Essex Police are exempt from the duty to provide information
in response to your request by virtue of the exemption at section 21 of
FOIA (Information reasonably Available by Other Means). This is an
absolute exemption that does not require a consideration of the public
interest in complying with the request.

 

21 Information accessible to applicant by other means

(1) Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant otherwise
than under section 1 is exempt information.

(2) For the purposes of subsection (1)—

(a) information may be reasonably accessible to the applicant even though
it is accessible only on payment, and

(b) information is to be taken to be reasonably accessible to the
applicant if it is information which the public authority or any other
person is obliged by or under any enactment to communicate (otherwise than
by making the information available for inspection) to members of the
public on request, whether free of charge or on payment.

 

 

I trust that this link is of use.

 

Kind regards,

Shirley Elderfield
Information Officer
Strategic Change Management Department
Essex Police HQ
Internal extension 150025
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, Strategic Change Management Department, Essex
Police Headquarters, PO Box 2, Springfield, Chelmsford, CM2 6DA

 

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your FOI request, you have
the right to ask for an internal review.

Internal review requests should be submitted within two months of the date
of receipt of the response to your original request and should be
addressed to the Senior Information Officer at the above address or by
email to: [3][email address]

They will conduct an internal review to investigate the handling of your
request and endeavour to reply within 20 working days. If your complaint
refers to a decision to apply an exemption it would assist the review if
you would outline the reasons why you feel the exemption does not apply.

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply direct to the Information Commissioner for a decision.
The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF or via [4]http://www.ico.gov.uk/

 

 

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From: data foi
Sent: 15 October 2013 16:59
To: [5][FOI #180725 email]
Subject: RE: FOI request Our Ref.5516 - Guidance on Historic Child Sexual
Assault Investigation

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 but given the current very high number of requests being
received this may not be possible.

 

We will reply as soon as possible and please accept our apologies for the
inconvenience any delay may cause.

 

Kerry Nicholson
Information Officer
Strategic Change Management Department
Essex Police HQ
Internal extension 150025
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: [6]www.essex.police.uk

Information Management, Strategic Change Management Department, Essex
Police Headquarters, PO Box 2, Springfield, Chelmsford, CM2 6DA

 

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