Dear Merseyside Police,

I would like to request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act.

Please, can you tell me:

1 - How many incidents of "mate crime" have been reported to the police within the Merseyside region from January 2019 to the present day?
2 - Can you please tell me how many reports of mate crime proceeded to go to court?
3 - What is the percentage increase or decrease in comparison to statistics from last year?
4 - Do you have any information with regards to which social group is most vulnerable to mate crime in the region?
5 - What action is being taken by Merseyside Police to help address Mate Crime issues in the area?

Thank you,

Yours faithfully,

April Ryan

Freedom Of Information, Merseyside Police

Your email to the Merseyside Police Freedom of Information (FOI) in box is
acknowledged.

 

If it contains an initial (new) request under FOI it will be dealt with in
accordance with section 10 of the Act which means that you are entitled to
receive a response no later than 20 working days after the first working
day* on which your request is received.

 

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Freedom Of Information, Merseyside Police

 

Dear Ms. Ryan,

 

I write in connection with your application for information which was
received by Merseyside Police on 04/11/2019. I note that you seek access
to the following information:

 

(Paraphrased) Information in respect of “mate crime”.

 

 

The Information Commissioner requires public authorities to ensure that a
Freedom of Information application is fully understood before providing a
response. Where there is ambiguity in an application, public authorities
are required to seek clarification of the information that you require. 
To enable Merseyside Police to meet your request could you please provide
this office with further information? I provide some guidance that may
assist you more clearly to describe the information.

 

You have used the term “mate crime” in your application, which does not
appear in the H.O. crime classifications nor in the crime recording
standards currently in use. In order to be able to search Force systems it
is therefore important that the definition of the term is understood.

 

I have made some initial searches and the following is a definition which
I have located. Please inform me if the definition refers to the data that
you are seeking and if not, please provide the definition that you require
to be used when searches are made?

 

 

Mate Crime definition: 

‘The persistent problem of disabled victims who are harmed in abusive
relationships by offenders who either set out to, or take the opportunity
offered by the relationship to abuse the victim. Abuse can be financial or
violent and often has an escalating nature. Although a category of mate
crime is not recorded nationally, police officers need to understand the
term if a victim uses it, and that such a report is likely to be a
disability hate crime or incident.

 

This application is now suspended pending clarification.

 

 

After receiving your reply, your request will then be considered and you
will receive the information requested within the statutory time scale of
20 working days as defined by the Freedom of Information Act 2000, subject
to the information not being exempt or containing reference to a third
party.

 

However, if the requested information has not been received by one month
after the above date, I will consider that you no longer wish to proceed
with this request and it will be treated as withdrawn.

 

There may be a fee payable for the retrieval, collection and provision of
the information you request. If this is the case you will be informed and
the 20 working day time scale will be suspended until we receive the
payment from you. If you chose not to make a payment then your request
will remain unanswered.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

D Jackson

Disclosure Analyst

 

Merseyside Police

Data Access Unit

PO Box59

LIVERPOOL

L69 1JD

E-mail [1][Merseyside Police request email]

Fax. 0151 777 1677

 

 

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Dear Freedom Of Information,

Thank you for getting back to me so quickly on this issue.

Yes, I feel this is an adequate means of describing 'mate crime' . Are you able to proceed with the original request, with this definition in mind?

Yours sincerely,

April Ryan

Freedom Of Information, Merseyside Police

Your email to the Merseyside Police Freedom of Information (FOI) in box is
acknowledged.

 

If it contains an initial (new) request under FOI it will be dealt with in
accordance with section 10 of the Act which means that you are entitled to
receive a response no later than 20 working days after the first working
day* on which your request is received.

 

Other arrangements may apply if a fees notice is issued or if the time
period is extended in order that public interest considerations of our
response may take place. Section 10 also allows public authorities to
apply variations to the normal 20 working day timescale in some limited
circumstances.

 

Due to the volume of e-mail correspondence and FOI applications received,
the Force regrets that individual acknowledgement e-mails will not be sent
even if specifically requested.

 

If the correspondence cannot be dealt with as FOI, it will be forwarded
internally and you will be advised of the location. Any related
communication must be direct to the identified location and not the FOI
e-mail address.

 

*The ‘working day’ is defined as any day other than a Saturday, a Sunday,
Christmas Day, Good Friday or a day which is a bank holiday under the
Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971 in any part of the United Kingdom.
The first reckonable day is the working day after the working day of
receipt.

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Freedom Of Information, Merseyside Police

Dear Ms Ryan,

 

Reference No: DJ 2019 – 1363 MERPOL   (please quote in all correspondence)

 

Thank you for the e-mail clarification to your application for
information, noting that you are content to accept the definition which I
had traced.

 

The application has been restarted from today’s date 5^th November 2019.

 

Your request will be dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and will now be considered. You will receive a
response within the statutory time-scale of 20 working days as defined by
the Act, subject to the information not being exempt nor containing a
reference to a third party. In the event that we are not able to achieve
this deadline you will be informed at the earliest opportunity and given a
revised time-scale.

 

There may be a fee payable for the retrieval, collation and provision of
the information you have requested. If this is the case you will be
informed and the 20 working day time scale will be suspended until we
receive payment from you.

 

Some requests may also require either full or partial transfer to another
public authority in order to answer your query in the fullest possible
way. Again, you will be informed if this is the case.

 

Your faithfully

 

D. Jackson

Disclosure Analyst

Data Access Unit

Merseyside Police

PO Box 59

LIVERPOOL

L69 1JD

Fax. 0151 777 1677

 

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Dear Ms. Ryan,

 

Response Letter - FOI Application DJ 2019 – 1363 MERPOL (please quote in
all correspondence)

 

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by Merseyside Police. I note that you seek access to the following
information:

 

(Paraphrased) Information in respect of the colloquially name crime
referred to as ‘mate crime’.

 

Following receipt for your request and clarification, searches were
conducted within the Merseyside Police to locate information relevant to
your request. I can confirm that some information that you requested is
held by Merseyside Police.

 

The result of the searches relevant to your request which is shown on the
attached response table.

 

I have today been authorized by the Data Access Supervisor, the senior
decision maker in this case, to disclose the located information to you,
as attached. Please find attached above, the response table with
information.

 

Complaint Rights

 

Your attention is drawn to the information following this response, which
details your rights review and of complaint.           

 

Should you have any further inquiries concerning this matter, please write
or e-mail me, at the below address, quoting the reference number above.

 

Yours faithfully

 

D Jackson

Disclosure Analyst

Merseyside Police

Data Access Unit (FOI)

PO BOX 59

LIVERPOOL L69 1JD

Fax: 0151 777 1677

E-mail:  [Merseyside Police request email]

 

Schedule(s) of disclosed information:   Please see attachment at the top
of the e-mail.

 

 

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Dear Merseyside Police,

Thank you for taking the time to compile this information for me, especially in such a quick and effective manner. I understand that, given the restrictions of the term, that you have given me all the information you can possibly provide.

I do have further questions as to why ‘mate crime’ is not classed as a specific category of crime in the region. However, I realise that information may not be available or held under the FOI Act. Furthermore, as the report suggests, the reasoning behind this may well be multi-faceted, so I will hold fire on the topic for the time being.

Thank you once again - I appreciate your time and support.

Yours faithfully,

April Ryan

Freedom Of Information, Merseyside Police

Your email to the Merseyside Police Freedom of Information (FOI) in box is
acknowledged.

 

If it contains an initial (new) request under FOI it will be dealt with in
accordance with section 10 of the Act which means that you are entitled to
receive a response no later than 20 working days after the first working
day* on which your request is received.

 

Other arrangements may apply if a fees notice is issued or if the time
period is extended in order that public interest considerations of our
response may take place. Section 10 also allows public authorities to
apply variations to the normal 20 working day timescale in some limited
circumstances.

 

Due to the volume of e-mail correspondence and FOI applications received,
the Force regrets that individual acknowledgement e-mails will not be sent
even if specifically requested.

 

If the correspondence cannot be dealt with as FOI, it will be forwarded
internally and you will be advised of the location. Any related
communication must be direct to the identified location and not the FOI
e-mail address.

 

*The ‘working day’ is defined as any day other than a Saturday, a Sunday,
Christmas Day, Good Friday or a day which is a bank holiday under the
Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971 in any part of the United Kingdom.
The first reckonable day is the working day after the working day of
receipt.

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taken to ensure that this email message has been swept for the presence of
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Freedom Of Information, Merseyside Police

Dear Ms. Ryan,

The Home Office is responsible for the crime classifications used by English and Welsh Police Forces. Please see the link https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio....

I would therefore suggest that it is the Home Office to which your enquiry / suggestion should be directed.

Your kind comments on the FOI response are noted and appreciated.

Yours Faithfully

D. Jackson
Disclosure Analyst
Merseyside Police
Data Access Unit
PO BOX 59
LIVERPOOL
L69 1JD

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