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Dear Avon and Somerset Constabulary,

How many mosques are there in your force area.

In the past 12 months how many times have a uniformed officers
entered a mosque in your force area.

How many arrests have occurred as a result of these visits.

Yours faithfully,

Azir Mahmoud

#Freedom of Information Requests, Avon and Somerset Constabulary

 

 

Corporate Information Management Department

Force Headquarters, PO Box 37, Valley Road,

Portishead, Bristol, BS20 8QJ

Facsimile 01275 814667

    

Mr Azir Mahmoud Our Reference 289/16

[1][FOI #317279 email] Date 19 February
2016
 

 

Dear Mr Mahmoud

 

I write in connection with your request for information dated 18^th
February 2016 concerning mosques in the force area. This request will be
dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

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. In some
circumstances Avon and Somerset Constabulary may be unable to achieve this
deadline if consideration needs to be given to the public interest test.
If this is likely you will be informed and given a revised time-scale at
the earliest opportunity.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Rebecca Pritchard

Freedom of Information Officer

Corporate Information Management Department

 

Please note;

1.     Requests and responses may be published on Avon and Somerset
Constabulary’s website (within 24 hours), some of which may contain a link
to additional information, which may provide you with further
clarification.

2.     Whilst we may verbally discuss your request with you in order to
seek clarification, all other communication should be made in writing.

3.     Avon and Somerset Constabulary provides you with the right to
request a re-examination of your case under its review procedure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Corporate Information Management Department

Force Headquarters, PO Box 37, Valley Road,

Portishead, Bristol, BS20 8QJ

Facsimile 01275 814667

Email [email address]    

 

 

 

 

Mr Azir Mahmoud Our Reference 289/16

[FOI #317279 email] Date 17 March 2016

 

 

 

Dear Mr Mahmoud

 

I write in connection with your request for information dated 18^th
February 2016

under the Freedom of Information Act.

 

Specifically you asked:

 

How many mosques are there in your force area.

     

In the past 12 months how many times have a uniformed officers entered a
mosque in your force area.

    

How many arrests have occurred as a result of these visits.

 

 

I regret to advise you that although we may hold some of the information
you have asked for your request is refused because we estimate that the
cost of compliance would exceed the cost limits under the Act which is
currently set at £450 or 18 staff hours work.  This letter represents a
Refusal Notice under the Act.

 

This is because the information requested is not centrally recorded and
would involve an extensive search of our records to find and collate it.
The term ‘entered a mosque’ is very broad and ambiguous and could include
a multitude of reasons. For example an officer may need to attend a mosque
following a crime that has been committed in a mosque, or crimes committed
in a different area but witnessed by someone in a mosque, or someone in
the mosque having been a victim of crime, or raiding a mosque to find
criminals within it. Depending on the reason for visiting the mosque, a
visit by a police officer may be recorded in their pocket notebooks. In
order to retrieve all information relevant to this request a manual review
of the pocket notebooks of every officer would need to be conducted to see
what information is held relevant to this request. With over 2,000 police
officers in the constabulary, it is estimated that it would take
considerably longer than 18 hours to find the information. It is also
possible that some police staff – such as investigators may have also
entered a mosque. Further checks would need to be conducted to ascertain
whether this information is recorded. It is estimated it would take
considerably longer than 18 hours to comply with your request.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Rebecca Pritchard

Freedom of Information Officer

Corporate Information Management Department

 

 

Please note:

1.     Requests and responses may be published on Avon and Somerset
Constabulary’s website (within 24 hours), some of which may contain a link
to additional information, which may provide you with further
clarification.

2.     Whilst we may verbally discuss your request with you in order to
seek clarification, all other communication should be made in writing.

3.     Avon and Somerset Constabulary provides you with the right to
request a re-examination of your case under its review procedure (copy
attached).

 

 

 

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