Dear Suffolk Constabulary,

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

Freedom Of Information (Suffolk), Suffolk Constabulary

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The Freedom of Information Team
Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies
Police Headquarters
Martlesham Heath, Ipswich, Suffolk
IP5 3QS
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Freedom Of Information (Suffolk), Suffolk Constabulary

Dear M Esslemont

Our Ref: FOI 003703/19

Please accept this email as confirmation that your request for information has been received.

Your request will now be considered and you will receive a response within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act, subject to the information not being exempt or containing a reference to a third party. In some circumstances Suffolk Constabulary may be unable to achieve this deadline. If this is likely you will be informed and given a revised time-scale at the earliest opportunity.

We anticipate being able to provide you with a response by 11 November 2019.

A full copy of the Freedom of Information legislation is available online via the website: https://imsva91-ctp.trendmicro.com:443/w...

Should you need to discuss this further please contact us on the details above.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in Suffolk Constabulary.

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Team

Suffolk Constabulary
Police Headquarters
Portal Avenue, Martlesham Heath, Ipswich
Suffolk, IP5 3QS
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Freedom Of Information (Suffolk), Suffolk Constabulary

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31 October 2019

 

Dear M Esslemont,     

        

Our Ref: FOI 003703/19

 

Please find PDF documents attached in response to your request for
information from Suffolk Constabulary.

                                                                                        

This is to inform you that all information relating to your request has
been collated my response is attached.  This request is now complete and
shall be closed immediately.

 

Should any further information be requested regarding this topic, a
separate request will need to be submitted.

 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in
Suffolk Constabulary.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Clair Pack

Freedom of Information Decision Maker (Suffolk)

 

Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies

Police Headquarters

Portal Avenue, Martlesham Heath, Ipswich

Suffolk, IP5 3QS

01473 613888 Ext 3919

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Dear Freedom Of Information (Suffolk),

I wish to request an internal review of case ref 003703/19.

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 003703/19) 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

Freedom Of Information (Suffolk), Suffolk Constabulary

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Dear M Esslemont,

Please find attached acknowledgement in relation to recent request for an Internal Review

Kind regards

Clair Pack
Freedom of Information Decision Maker (Suffolk)

Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies
Police Headquarters
Portal Avenue, Martlesham Heath, Ipswich
Suffolk, IP5 3QS
01473 613888 Ext 3919
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Dear Suffolk Constabulary,

Many thanks for confirming my request for internal review (003962). Please note that if my request is upheld, I wish for the information to be listed according to each individual opening code rather than one amalgamated figure. Please do get in touch for clarification on any other matters ahead of making this decision.

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

Yours faithfully,
M Esslemont

Freedom Of Information (Suffolk), Suffolk Constabulary

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Dear M Esslemont,

Please find attached response in relation to your recent Internal Review request.

Kind regards

Clair Pack
Freedom of Information Decision Maker (Suffolk)

Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies
Police Headquarters
Portal Avenue, Martlesham Heath, Ipswich
Suffolk, IP5 3QS
01473 613888 Ext 3919
https://imsva91-ctp.trendmicro.com:443/w...
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