Knife crime statistics shared by hospitals

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

I understand, from the government's Coalition Agreement, that hospitals are now sharing non-confidential information on gun and knife crime in London with the police.

I would be very grateful if you could tell me whether you are receiving this information yet from the following hospitals:
Lewisham (Lewisham)
King's (Southwark)
St. Thomas's (Lambeth)
Guy's (Southwark)

I would also be grateful if you could give me an appropriate summary of the changes to local policing that have resulted.

Yours faithfully,

P.S. You can find reference to the policy on page 13 of the Coalition Agreement:
http://www.direct.gov.uk/prod_consum_dg/...

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr. Blackie,

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2011040001053
I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 06/04/2011. I note you seek
access to the following information:

* "I understand, from the government's Coalition Agreement, that
hospitals are now sharing non-confidential information on gun and
knife crime in London with the police.
* I would be very grateful if you could tell me whether you are
receiving this information yet from the following hospitals:
* Lewisham (Lewisham)
* King's (Southwark)
* St. Thomas's (Lambeth)
* Guy's (Southwark)
* I would also be grateful if you could give me an appropriate summary
of the changes to local policing that have resulted.
* You can find reference to the policy on page 13 of the Coalition
Agreement:
http://www.direct.gov.uk/prod_consum_dg/...
"

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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr. Blackie,

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2011040001053

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 06/04/2011. I note you seek
access to the following information:

"I understand, from the government's Coalition Agreement, that hospitals
are now sharing non-confidential information on gun and knife crime in
London with the police.

I would be very grateful if you could tell me whether you are receiving
this information yet from the following hospitals:

Lewisham (Lewisham)
King's (Southwark)
St. Thomas's (Lambeth)
Guy's (Southwark)

I would also be grateful if you could give me an appropriate summary of
the changes to local policing that have resulted.

You can find reference to the policy on page 13 of the Coalition
Agreement:
http://www.direct.gov.uk/prod_consum_dg/...

Following receipt of your request searches were conducted within the MPS
to locate information relevant to your request.

EXTENT OF SEARCHES TO LOCATE INFORMATION

To locate the information relevant to your request searches were conducted
at within the London boroughs of Lewisham, Southwark and Lambeth.

RESULT OF SEARCHES

The London Boroughs of Lewisham and Southwark are not currently sharing
this information, However Lambeth do share this information.

There is a statutory obligation on Primary Care Trusts to share
de-personalised information with their Community Safety Partners (Local
authority, Police, Probation Trust and Fire Authority) for the purpose of
devising a crime and disorder reduction strategy in the local authority
area. The requirement is legislated by section 17A(2) of the Crime
Disorder Act 1998, the classes of information to be shared are set out in
the Statutory Instrument: The Crime and Disorder (Proscribed Information)
Regulations 2007 Schedule. Whilst there is this statutory obligation we
do not hold a summary of the changes to local policing that have resulted.
This is because you are asking for an opinion, rather than 'held'
information. Therefore this information is not held by the MPS.

By way of assistance an information sharing agreement between the MPS
London Borough of Southwark and Lambeth and King's College Hospital and
Guy's and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust will be published on the MPS
publication shortly. This information sharing agreement was designed for
the purpose of reducing crime, the prevention of crime, reducing the fear
of crime, risk assessment, risk management and the protection of
vulnerable persons. Whilst this information sharing agreement is not
specific to gun and knife crime and the sharing of non-confidential
information, I do hope it would be of interest to you.

As this information will be published on the MPS Publication scheme
shortly this is thereby a partial refusal notice by virtue of s.22 of the
Freedom of Information Act, governing information intended for future
publication. Below I have outlined the reasons why I consider it
disproportionate for this to be released at this present point in time.

To provide the requested information at this time would show the public
how the MPS fulfils its duties in relation to the sharing of police
information. This would improve the public's confidence in the force's
abilities in sharing information between bodies in a secure manner. This
will thereby enhance public knowledge on how and the purpose for which
information is shared, which would in turn, would contribute to greater
public awareness and the forum for public debate

However, this has to balanced against those considerations favouring
non-disclosure at the present time. Section 22 was specifically laid down
by parliament to benefit those authorities who proactively publish
information. Therefore, as this will be placed on the publication scheme
shortly, to publish this now will not be amount to the effective use of
recourses and will render this exemption less effective and remove the
benefits of proactive publication.

On balance, after weighing up the competing interests I have determined
that the disclosure of the above information would not be in the public
interest at this time. I consider that the benefit that would result from
the information being disclosed does not outweigh disclosing information
relating to the Information sharing agreement created for the purpose of
reducing crime, the prevention of crime, reducing the fear of crime, risk
assessment, risk management and the protection of vulnerable persons. As
the decision to publish this information was made prior to the submission
of this request, the MPS feel it is reasonable, having taking into account
all the circumstances, to cite Section 22.

You can find the MPS publication scheme via the below link:

http://www.met.police.uk/foi/index.htm

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complaint.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please write
or contact Audeeba Ali on telephone number 02071613606 quoting the
reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Audeeba Ali
Quality and Assurance Advisor

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Section 17 (1)(a)(b)(c) (Refusal of request) of the Act provides:
(1) A public authority which, in relation to any request for information,
is to any extent relying on a claim that any provision of Part II relating
to the duty to confirm or deny is relevant to the request or on a claim
that information is exempt information must, within the time for complying
with section 1(1), give the applicant a notice which-
(a) states that fact,
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(c) states (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption
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Section 22(1) of the Act provides:

(1) Information is exempt information if-
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publication, by the authority or any other person, at some future date
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the time when the request for information was made, and
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be withheld from disclosure until the date referred to in paragraph (a).

In complying with their statutory duty under sections 1 and 11 of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 to release the enclosed information, the
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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

thank you for your reply.

Can I clarify the following please?

1. When you say Lambeth currently provides this information are you referring to St. Thomas's?

2. The information sharing agreement that you reference covers all the hospitals in Lambeth & Southwark, but excludes Lewisham PCT. Does this mean that there is no agreement planned or in place in Lewisham?

3. Can you clarify who (job title) within the MPS the data is provided to from the Lambeth hospital? Can you also clarify what process they use to then use that data for crime prevention purposes?

Yours faithfully,

Rob Blackie

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Blackie,

With reference to you further queries please see the below answers to
the queries you raised.

1. When you say Lambeth currently provides this information are you
referring to St. Thomas's?

Information is supplied by the A&E department at St Thomas Hospital.

2. The information sharing agreement that you reference covers all the
hospitals in Lambeth & Southwark, but excludes Lewisham PCT. Does this
mean that there is no agreement planned or in place in Lewisham?

Lewisham Council and Lewisham Hospital are working on the protocol for
this to take place.

3. Can you clarify who (job title) within the MPS the data is provided
to from the Lambeth hospital? Can you also clarify what process they use
to then use that data for crime prevention purposes?

The job title varies from a information manager to an officer.

As explained in my original e-mail there is a statutory obligation on
Primary Care Trusts to share de-personalised information with their
Community Safety Partners Local authority, Police, Probation Trust and
Fire Authority) for the purpose of devising a crime and disorder
reduction strategy in the local authority area. The requirement is
legislated by section 17A(2) of the Crime Disorder Act 1998, the classes
of information to be shared are set out in the Statutory Instrument: The
Crime and Disorder (Proscribed Information) Regulations 2007 Schedule.
Whilst there is this statutory obligation we do not hold a summary of
the changes to local policing that have resulted. This is because you
are asking for an opinion, rather than 'held' information. Therefore
this information is not held by the MPS.

Please note the Information sharing agreement I refer to the original
response relates to directly to role of police liaison officers embedded
within the hospital and access they have to patients confidential
information that would not normally be open to police officers.

Kind Regards

Audeeba

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)'s handling of my FOI request 'Knife crime statistics shared by hospitals'.

I have asked for a summary of changes made to local policing that have resulted from these information sharing agreements, because use of these statistics can be expected to make a significant contribution to fighting crime.

A summary can consist entirely of facts that relate to how the MPS has used these statistics - so I question your assertion that this would be an 'opinion'.

I would be very grateful if you could review your decision on the summary of changes that have been made to policing as a result of this data - and I am happy to confirm that I would like an answer that is purely factual.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/kn...

Yours faithfully,

Rob Blackie

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Blackie,

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2011050003468

I write in connection with your letter dated 23 May 2011 requesting that
the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) review its response to your request
for information relating to:

* Original FOI case number 2011040001053

The review will be conducted in accordance with the MPS complaints
procedure. The MPS endeavour to respond to your complaint by 21 June 2011.

Should you have any further inquiries concerning this matter, please
contact me quoting the reference number above.

Thank you for your interest in the MPS.

Yours sincerely

S. Strong
FOIA Complaints Officer

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Are you unhappy with how your request has been handled or do you think the
decision is incorrect?

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review their decision.

Prior to lodging a formal complaint you are welcome and encouraged to
discuss the decision with the case officer that dealt with your request.

Ask to have the decision looked at again ***

The quickest and easiest way to have the decision looked at again is to
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letter.

That person will be able to discuss the decision, explain any issues and
assist with any problems.

Complaint

If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision of
the MPS made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding
access to information you can lodge a complaint with the MPS to have the
decision reviewed.

Complaints should be made in writing, within forty (40) working days from
the date of the refusal notice, and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
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PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF
[email address]

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 20 working days.
The Information Commissioner

After lodging a complaint with the MPS if you are still dissatisfied with
the decision you may make application to the Information Commissioner for
a decision on whether the request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of the Act.

For information on how to make application to the Information Commissioner
please visit their website at www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.
Alternatively, phone or write to:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone: 01625 545 700

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email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
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but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Blackie,

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2011050003468

Further to our letter of 25 May 2011, I have unfortunately been unable to
meet the response time originally provided to you in relation to:

* Original FOI case number 2011040001053

I hope to complete your review no later than 19 July 2011. Should there be
any unforeseen delay, I will contact you and update you as soon as
possible.

I apologise for the delay, and thank you for your patience.

Should you have any further inquiries concerning this matter, please
contact me quoting the reference number above.

Thank you for your interest in the MPS.

Yours sincerely

S. Strong
FOIA Complaints Officer

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Are you unhappy with how your request has been handled or do you think the
decision is incorrect?

You have the right to require the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to
review their decision.

Prior to lodging a formal complaint you are welcome and encouraged to
discuss the decision with the case officer that dealt with your request.

Ask to have the decision looked at again ***

The quickest and easiest way to have the decision looked at again is to
telephone the case officer that is nominated at the end of your decision
letter.

That person will be able to discuss the decision, explain any issues and
assist with any problems.

Complaint

If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision of
the MPS made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding
access to information you can lodge a complaint with the MPS to have the
decision reviewed.

Complaints should be made in writing, within forty (40) working days from
the date of the refusal notice, and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Public Access Office
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF
[email address]

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 20 working days.
The Information Commissioner

After lodging a complaint with the MPS if you are still dissatisfied with
the decision you may make application to the Information Commissioner for
a decision on whether the request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of the Act.

For information on how to make application to the Information Commissioner
please visit their website at www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.
Alternatively, phone or write to:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone: 01625 545 700

The Metropolitan Police Service is here for London - on the streets and in
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legal liabilities, you must not distribute or copy the information in this
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monitored to the extent permitted by law. Consequently, any email and/or
attachments may be read by monitoring staff. Only specified personnel are
authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
reached with other employees or agents. The security of this email and
any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned
but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Blackie,

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2011050003468

Further to our letter of 22 June 2011, I am now able to provide a response
to your complaint dated 23 May 2011 concerning:

** Original FOI case number 2011040001053

Original FOI request dated 6 April 2011
I understand, from the government's Coalition Agreement, that hospitals
are now sharing non-confidential information on gun and knife crime in
London with the police.

1. I would be very grateful if you could tell me whether you are receiving
this information yet from the following hospitals:
Lewisham (Lewisham)
King's (Southwark)
St. Thomas's (Lambeth)
Guy's (Southwark)

2. I would also be grateful if you could give me an appropriate summary of
the changes to local policing that have resulted.

You can find reference to the policy on page 13 of the Coalition
Agreement:
http://www.direct.gov.uk/prod_consum_dg/...

DECISION

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has completed its review and has
decided to:

** Uphold the original decision

REASON FOR DECISION

I would first like to take this opportunity to apologise for the delay to
your internal review and for any inconvenience caused.

Your complaint requires me to focus specifically on question two of your
request, as you ***have asked for a summary of changes made to local
policing that have resulted from these information sharing agreements,
because use of these statistics can be expected to make a significant
contribution to fighting crime.*** However, to assist you with this part
of your request it is important for me to refer back to question one.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 creates a statutory right of access to
information held by public authorities. A public authority in receipt of a
request must confirm whether they hold the requested information and if
so, communicate it to the applicant.

To assist you, I have been unable to locate recorded/held information that
confirms the MPS is receiving non-confidential information on gun and
knife crime from the three hospitals you have specified, in particular
reference to the document you have referred to.

I have therefore also been unable to locate any ***summary of changes to
local policing that have resulted***.

The information you have requested for question one and two is therefore
not held.

To assist you, the MPS still confirms that there is a statutory obligation
on Primary Care Trusts to share de-personalised information with their
Community Safety Partners (Local authority, Police, Probation Trust and
Fire Authority) for the purpose of devising a crime and disorder reduction
strategy in the local authority area. The requirement is legislated by
section 17A(2) of the Crime Disorder Act 1998, the classes of information
to be shared are set out in the Statutory Instrument: The Crime and
Disorder (Proscribed Information) Regulations 2007 Schedule.

Staff within the Southwark Borough further explain that in regards to
whether information is passed to them about gun and knife crime, this
occurs in as much as any doctor or nurse are likely to always involve the
police if a knife or gun injury was presented to A&E. This receipt of
information would be likely to occur similarly within all three Boroughs
to various extents, although would not necessarily be connected to the
Coalition Agreement you have referred to.

Any intelligence that may be locally received from hospitals would be
appropriately processed into the CRIMINT system. Any such information may
also be entered into the CRIS system, should a crime report be created
relevant to the incident. If any safeguarding issues are highlighted then
appropriate action would be taken to protect individuals concerned and to
ensure any information sharing protocols are observed (especially in
regards to Lambeth and Southwark who have Information Sharing Agreements
in place).

As previously explained, an information sharing agreement (ISA) between
the MPS London Borough of Southwark and Lambeth and King's College
Hospital and Guy's and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust will be published on
the MPS publication in due course. This information sharing agreement was
designed for the purpose of reducing crime, the prevention of crime,
reducing the fear of crime, risk assessment, risk management and the
protection of vulnerable persons.

Whilst this information sharing agreement is not specific to gun and knife
crime and the sharing of non-confidential information, Lambeth Borough
provides the following details in regards to the ISA which I hope may be
of interest to you;

Accident & Emergency data

** This was initially a joint venture between Lambeth and Southwark
as part of the TKAP programme and data is received from Kings College and
Guys & St Thomas*** hospital.
** The data received at present is all admissions to A&E for
assaults and is received monthly from KCH and weekly from GST.
** The data received from both hospitals varies but includes
general fields around date & time of admission, ethnicity, sex, age,
various fields around the nature of the complaint, outcome and diagnosis
and location of incident (e.g. home, public place, school etc).

Ambulance

** Data is available from the secure website London Analyst Support
Site (LASS)
** This is victim data recorded by the London Ambulance Service and
you can download all incidents
** Fields include date, time, ward, Census Output area, age, sex
and various fields on the nature of the complaint including illness and
incident type.
** We can use the information for a variety of analytical purposes
but in the past ambulance information has been used in analytical products
produced and the strategic assessment and I would anticipate that the A&E
data is used in the same way to provide a greater understanding of issues
around the 'mechanism of injury' within Lambeth Borough that assisting in
the deployment of resources both within the Police and the Local Authority
Community Safety Unit to the wards that need that greater focus on
activity concerning assaults. We are aware that this process is still in
an early stage and that further analysis is required.

As you have not requested a copy of the Information Sharing Agreement, I
have withdrawn the application of Section 22 of the Act.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

If you are dissatisfied with this response please read the attached paper
entitled Complaint Rights which explains how to contact the Information
Commissioner with your complaint.

Should you have any further inquiries concerning this matter, please
contact me quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

S. Strong
FOIA Complaints Officer

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Are you unhappy with how your request has been handled or do you think the
decision is incorrect?

You have the right to require the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to
review their decision.

Prior to lodging a formal complaint you are welcome and encouraged to
discuss the decision with the case officer that dealt with your request.

Ask to have the decision looked at again ***

The quickest and easiest way to have the decision looked at again is to
telephone the case officer that is nominated at the end of your decision
letter.

That person will be able to discuss the decision, explain any issues and
assist with any problems.

Complaint

If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision of
the MPS made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding
access to information you can lodge a complaint with the MPS to have the
decision reviewed.

Complaints should be made in writing, within forty (40) working days from
the date of the refusal notice, and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Public Access Office
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF
[email address]

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 20 working days.
The Information Commissioner

After lodging a complaint with the MPS if you are still dissatisfied with
the decision you may make application to the Information Commissioner for
a decision on whether the request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of the Act.

For information on how to make application to the Information Commissioner
please visit their website at www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.
Alternatively, phone or write to:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone: 01625 545 700

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