Investigating Cyber Stalking Workshop - 10 March 2015

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Independent Police Support Group

Dear Cheshire Constabulary,

Further to our recent request concerning staliknginvestigations.co.uk, we have been provided with further advertising where DC Thomason again seems to be recommending specific commercial companies.

This does not seem ethical or in accordance with the Code of Ethics published by the College of policing or the standards of professional behaviour for police officers.

A copy of the wording of the advert is below:

Investigating Cyber Stalking Workshop - 10 March 2015
Cyber stalking – a growing phenomenon. Are you geared up to investigate these complex online crimes and deal with the menace of internet trolls?
Around one million people in the UK have experienced stalking with half of those being victims of online stalkers or so-called internet trolls.
This insidious crime can affect people of all age groups and many live in terror of being controlled online by often threatening and abusive perpetrators.
Our one day workshop is tailored to investigators of all ranks who want to develop their skills in investigating cyber stalking and raise their understanding and awareness of this complex crime.
Our three speakers – all leading experts in the field will cover:
• The legislation that governs crimes of cyber stalking
• Best practice on how to investigate and prosecute cyber stalking offences; challenges; problems and pitfalls and how to overcome them
• Best practice for SIOs and managers on how to devise their cyber stalking strategy including how they can work with leading charity Digitalstalking.com to put in place a triage system to prioritise more serious crimes of cyber stalking. The less serious crimes can be passed onto Digitalstalking.com so they can provide support and safety advice for victims.
• A look at how cyber stalkers and internet trolls operate in cyber space – including social networking sites – the methods they use to terrorise their victims
• Offender profiling of cyber stalkers and internet trolls – who are the criminals who operate online with relative anonymity and ways in which they can be identified.
Our Speakers
Dave Thomason is an operational detective from Cheshire Constabulary who is a subject matter expert in stalking for the College of Policing and the National Crime Agency. He is currently a member of the ACPO National Working Group on Stalking and was also a former staff officer to the National Lead on Stalking and Harassment.
A former director of the national charity Protection against Stalking, Dave’s website www.stalkinginvestigations.co.uk provides invaluable advice on all aspects of stalking including current legislation, trends and best practice. He is a firm believer that the UK needs a stalkers register to provide investigators with better intelligence on perpetrators and provide better protection for victims.
Jennifer Perry is considered to be one of the leading experts in cyber stalking and has trained hundreds of police officers, social workers and probation officers.
She was special cyber stalking advisor to the Network for Surviving Stalking and has been running a charity called Digital-stalking.com that provides best practice in all areas of digital stalking.
Jennifer also wrote the UK guidelines on digital risks for victims of stalking and domestic violence and has written numerous best practice articles and papers on cyber stalking.
David Benford is an internationally renowned cybercrime expert, specialising in risks derived from social media, the Internet, geo-locational data and in risks from how we use portable digital devices. As well as training law enforcement, government operatives and corporations in this field, David lectures in cybercrime and digital forensics at the University of Derby, England.
He is an experienced digital forensic scientist and a published academic, having recently worked alongside law enforcement agencies in South East Asia and Europe.
Cost: One delegate: £195.00
Special offer!
Option A: Book two places and get a third for 50% discount if you book before 10 February 2015
Option B: Book three places and get a fourth place free if you book before 10 February 2015

(Option B is not available if using option A)
Information:
• Workshop runs from 9.30am till 3.30pm (Registration starts at 9am)
• Certificates of attendance available
• Tea and coffee will be served on your arrival
• Lunch is included

Please provide the following information:

1.Is DC Thomason providing this service in duty time.
2.Is he being paid for the service.
3. If he is not being paid, is Cheshire Constabulary being paid for the service.

Yours faithfully,

Miss S Russell

Independent Police Support Group

Freedom of Information,

Dear Miss S Russell,
 
I acknowledge receipt of your correspondence received 17/12/2014 which is
being dealt with as a request for information in accordance with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000.
 
I am in the process of dealing with your request and will respond in due
course and in any case by 19/01/2015. Please contact us by e-mail at
[Cheshire Constabulary request email] if you have any further enquiries.
 
Regards
Hayley Latham
Information Compliance
Professional Standards Department
Tel:    01606 366556

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Independent Police Support Group

Dear Freedom of Information,

Thank you for the update.

Yours sincerely,

Independent Police Support Group

Freedom of Information,

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Dear Miss Russell,
 
I refer to your recent request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000, as set out below:
 
Please provide the following information:
 
1.Is XXXXXXXXX providing this service in duty time.
2.Is he being paid for the service.
3. If he is not being paid, is Cheshire Constabulary being paid for the
service.
 
In accordance with section 1(1) (a) of the Act, our response is as
follows:
 
In respect of Questions 1 & 2:
 
The Cheshire Constabulary can neither confirm nor deny that it holds the
information that you are requesting. To give a statement  of the reasons
why neither confirming nor denying is appropriate in this case would
itself involve disclosure of exempt information, therefore under section
17(4), no explanation can be given. To the extent that section 40 (5)
applies, the Cheshire Constabulary has determined that in all the
circumstances of the case the public interest in maintaining the exclusion
of the duty to neither confirm nor deny outweighs the public interest in
confirming whether or not the information is held.
 
In respect of Question 3:
 
There is no information held.
 
If I can be any further assistance in this matter, please do not hesitate
to contact me.
 
If you are not satisfied with the decision applied in this case I enclose
for your attention a copy of the Constabulary's appeal procedures.
 
 
Regards
 
John Gannon
Information Compliance
Professional Standards Department
Tel:  01606 364176

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Independent Police Support Group

Dear Freedom of Information Department,

Which sub section of 40(5) are you relying on in your response?

Yours sincerely,

Independent Police Support Group

Freedom of Information,

Dear Miss Russell,

For clarity the relevant subsection is (5) (b) (i)

Regards

John Gannon
Information Compliance
Professional Standards Department
Tel: 01606 364176
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Cheshire Constabulary HQ
Winsford
Cheshire
CW7 2UA

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