Modern Slavery incidents

M Esslemont made this Freedom of Information request to Staffordshire Police

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Dear Staffordshire Police,

As part of ongoing data sharing protocols, incidents stored either on a log or the Force Crime System (FCS) relating to slavery and human trafficking are shared with the Home Office for reporting purposes.

Please provide the number of incident reports logged by your constabulary under the following opening codes between the periods of 1 June 2019 and September 31 2019.

N200/01 - NRM referral pending reasonable grounds decision
N200/02 – NRM referral negative reasonable grounds decision
N200/03 – NRM referral - Duty to notify only
N200/04 – NRM referral – Positive reasonable Grounds/Police Referral – Outside England and Wales
N200/05 – NRM referral – Negative reasonable Grounds – Outside England/Wales
N200/06 –NRM referral – transferred to another force in England and Wales

Please note that logged incidents should not be omitted on the basis of their eventual recording status. This request is for incident reports that fit the above criteria, which may or may not eventually be recorded.

Kind regards,
M Esslemont

Staffordshire Police

Thank you for your FOI request, you will receive a response in due course.
Regards,
Freedom of Information
Central Disclosure Unit
Staffordshire Police

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Staffordshire Police

Thank you for your FOI request, you will receive a response in due course.
Regards,
Freedom of Information
Central Disclosure Unit
Staffordshire Police

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Dear M Esslemont

 

Please see attached response to your Freedom of Information request.

 

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Freedom of Information

DCC Directorate – Information Governance and Assurance

Central Disclosure Unit

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Stafford

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Dear Staffordshire Police,

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

I wish to request an internal review of case ref 11467.

My internal review request is being made on the basis that a FOIA 2000 section 23 and section 23(1) exemption has been incorrectly applied. Therefore, I am raising this matter internally with the view of escalating with the Information Commissioner's Office should I not receive the data requested.

- Security exemption -
Whilst the Act does provide exemptions on data provision which "directly" or "indirectly" reference a named security body within the Act, including the National Crime Agency (NCA), the original request (case ref 11467) petitions for information which is no longer provided as part of data-sharing protocols with the NCA as a Competent Authority (CA). As you know, as of 2019 the Home Office subsumed all the functions of other CAs (including the NCA) as one new 'Single Competent Authority'. The original Freedom of Information request falls significantly outside of the cessation of the NCA's involvement in NRM decision-making which is now solely managed by the Home Office. The Act does not list the Home Office as a named "security body" which, therefore, invalidates your rejection on the grounds of Section 23(1).

- Precedent -
Forms of this data are already in the public domain. MS1 forms, or 'duties to notify', are outlined in HM Government's annual Modern Slavery Report released on 18th October in three consecutive years. Furthermore, one constabulary (City London) has already provided the report logs requested. The disclosure of identical information by a similar policing body, along with Government and Home Office's willingness to provide similar data on referrals, further discredits your claim that the requested data has any security implications under Section 23 in its entirety, let alone 23(1) specifically.

- Public interest test -
In light of the irrelevant application of Section 23(1) in the rejection of case ref 003703/19, a public interest test therefore applies to this request. The data requested does not pertain to any sensitive information with security implications or information relating to the crime itself. The data references opening codes listed in the Home Office Counting Rules which pertain only to referrals to support for victims. To deny the clear public interest in victims' recourse to both justice and crime-specific aftercare as a result of crime reporting is to ignore the significant attention media outlets, the public, and policy makers pay to data integrity matters. The simple information requested by myself in the first instance is clearly capable of passing a public interest test.

For these reasons outlined, I wish for this case to be reconsidered as part of an internal review, and will revoke my corresponding complaint to the Information Commissioner's Office upon a satisfactory response.

Yours sincerely,
M Esslemont
Yours faithfully,

M Esslemont

Staffordshire Police

Thank you for your request for an internal review regarding FOI 11467. You
will receive a response in due course.
Kind regards
Central Disclosure Unit
Staffordshire Police

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Dear Mr Esslemont,

 

Please find attached the response to your internal review of freedom of
information request 11467.

 

 

Kind regards

 

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DCC Directorate – Information Governance and Assurance

Central Disclosure Unit (Freedom of Information)

Staffordshire Police HQ

P.O. Box 3167

Stafford

ST16 9JZ

T: Switchboard: 101

E:[Staffordshire Police request email]

 

 

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