Number of items intercepted and/or seized in the post

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Freedom of Information Request

I am writing to make a request for information which I am entitled to under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Please confirm:

The number of items intercepted and/or seized by the force in the post in the year 2020.

I would like the above information to be provided to me in a paper or electronic format.

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Seamus McCoy, Journalist
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Port of Dover Police

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Port of Dover Police
 
The Port of Dover encloses 330 hectares. Most of the trade passing through
the Port consists of the inward and outward flow of passengers, both ferry
and cruise, roll on/roll off passenger and freight vehicles and some
conventional cargoes such as fruit and grain. 
 
The Port complex is divided into the Eastern and Western Docks (which
includes two Cruise Terminals) and now constitutes the busiest
international drive on/drive off terminal in the world. 
 
The Port of Dover reguarly handles in excess of 12 million passengers, 2.1
million tourist vehicles and 2.5 million commercial freight vehicles per
anum. Full details are available on the Port of Dover website
www.doverport.co.uk/about 
There are two cross channel ferry companies operating out of the Eastern
Docks; P&O Ferries & DFDS Seaways. 
 
Frequently asked questions 
1. Who funds Port of Dover Police (PoDP)? 
The Port of Dover Police is owned, operated and funded by the Port
Authority, Dover Harbour 
Board. The Port of Dover Police do not receive any public funding. 
2. What Police area does PoDP cover? 
As a non-Home Office Police force, the PoDP do not have a ‚Äėpolice area‚Äô.
Kent Police have responsibility for policing the whole of Kent, including
the Port of Dover. However, the Dover Harbour Board choose to fund their
own police force to cover the Port area only. There may be occasions when
Kent Police would seek our assistance in dealing with local issues, but
the jurisdiction of PoDP restricts the area in which their Constables can
operate (1 mile from the property of Dover Harbour Board, which is
extended in certain circumstances to cover Port related incidents). 
 
3. To what extent are Dover Harbour Board required to respond to Freedom
of Information requests? 
Only where the application for information refers to the ‚Äėfunctions of a
Constable’. 
PoDP Officers are nominated and appointed as ‚Äėspecial constables‚Äô under
section 79 of the Harbours, Docks and Piers clauses Act of 1847 which was
subsequently modified by Part IV of the Dover Harbour Revision Order 2006
(S.I. 2167) and section 7 of the Marine Navigation Act 2013. 
Schedule 1, Part V, Section 64 of the Freedom of Information Act which
applies to:- 
Any person who- 
(a) By virtue of any enactment has the function of nominating individuals
who may be appointed as special constables by Justices of the Peace, and, 
(b) Is not a public authority by virtue of any other provision of the Act,
in respect of information relating to the exercise by any person appointed
on his nomination of the functions of a special constable. 
This section has the effect of applying the responsibility under the
Freedom of Information Act to the Dover Harbour Board (The Port Authority
who nominate and subsequently fund the PoDP), but the said responsibility
is only to disclose information, if available, that relates to the
functions of a constable, the obligation is no wider than that. In
addition, the Dover Harbour Board is not a public authority for the
purposes of the Freedom of Information Act and as such is not bound by the
general requirements of the Act. 
 
4. What properties can be found within the Port of Dover area? 
Mainly commercial properties, office space, warehousing and assembly
parks. There are a very small number of privately rented properties. There
aren’t any schools, places of worship, care homes, supermarkets, sporting
arena’s, public houses or nightclubs. 
 
5. Do Road Traffic laws apply at the Port of Dover? 
Yes. Whilst the ‚ÄėDock Roads‚Äô are not roads that are maintained at public
expense, the Road Traffic Act does apply. 
 
6. What custody facilities do PoDP operate? 
The PoDP do not operate custody facilities. Any prisoners would be taken
to the nearest available designated police station within Kent. 
 
7. Are PoDP subject to Police Regulations? 
As a non-Home Office Police Force, PoDP Officers are not maintained under
Police Regulations. Instead we are managed under Dover Harbour Board
personnel policies and procedures. 
 
8. Which Government Department oversees Port Policing? 
The Department for Transport has oversight of Port Police forces 
 
9. Who is in charge of PoDP? 
The Head of Policing for the Port of Dover Police is Inspector Gary Clark.
Strategic direction is given to the department by Dover Harbour Board
Senior Management Team. 
 
10. How many officers work for PoDP? 
As of February 2018, there are 42 members of staff, made up of: 
. 1 x Police Inspector 
. 7 x Police Sergeants (including 1 Sergeant with full-time oversight of
port security) 
. 33 x Police Constables (including 4 part-time officers) 
. 1 x Police Administrator 
11. Do PoDP conduct stop searches under the Police and Criminal Evidence
Act? 
PoDP officers do use powers to stop and search under the Police and
Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) however, most searches are conducted using
powers contained in the Port Security Regulations 2009. 
 
12. Are PoDP responsible for dealing with Border Security issues like 
illegal immigration and smuggling? 
No, these issues are dealt with by UK Visas and Immigration, Border Force
and the National Crime Agency. Any terrorism related issues are dealt with
by Kent Police Special Branch. 
 
13. Who handles prosecutions on behalf of PoDP? 
The Crown Prosecution Service is responsible for prosecuting criminal
cases that have been investigated by the Police or other investigative
organisations in England and Wales. 
14. Would PoDP investigate serious offences, like murder, manslaughter,
rape, serious sexual offences etc.? 
PoDP and Kent Police have a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in place
with regards to Policing the Port of Dover. This MoU states that Kent
Police would have responsibility for investigating any serious crime.
Serious crime may include acts of terrorism, murder, rape or any of the
offences listed in Schedule 1 of the Serious Crime Act 2007. This extends
to crimes or incidents requiring a response that is beyond the resources
or expertise beyond the capability or 
capacity of Port of Dover Police to investigate.
 
15. Do PoDP Officers carry incapacitant spray? 
Yes, all officers carry PAVA incapacitant spray. The authority for
carrying PAVA is given by a specific certificate issued under section 5 of
the Firearms Act 1968 by the Home Office. 
 
16. What specialist units or departments do the PoDP have? 
As a small force, PoDP do not have any specialist units or departments.
Instead, where assistance of a specialist nature was required, we would
defer to Kent Police (for instance police dogs, specialist firearms,
serious collision investigation etc.) 
 
17. Do PoDP own any assets? 
No, all assets are owned by Dover Harbour Board. 
 
18. Who manages procurement on behalf of PoDP? 
Procurement is managed by Dover Harbour Board. Dover Harbour Board are not
compelled under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act to
disclose any information unless it relates to the ‚Äėfunctions of a
Constable’. 
 
19. Does the Port of Dover Police have a publication scheme? 
Please visit our website www.doverport.co.uk/police for further
information. 
 
20. Where should I send a Freedom of Information request to? 
Freedom of Information applications should be sent to:
FOI.portofdover[Port of Dover Police request email], or alternatively by post to: 
Freedom of Information 
Port of Dover Police 
4th Floor Terminal Control Building 
Eastern Docks 
Dover 
Kent 
CT16 1JA 
 
21. What happens if I am dissatisfied with the way that my Freedom of
Information 
request has been handled? 
If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your FOI request, you have
the right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should
be submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to
your original request. 
If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: 
Information Commissioner’s Office 
Wycliffe House 
Walter Lane 
Wilmslow 
Cheshire 
SK9 5AF 

Police, Port of Dover Police

 

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Police, Port of Dover Police

Dear Sir,

Thank you for your enquiry.

We will reply substantively within the prescribed time period.

Yours faithfully
Port of Dover Police

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Graeme Daubney, Port of Dover Police

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Dear Seamus McCoy.

 

Hope all is well and you are keeping safe.

 

With reference to your recent FOIA request, as below, please find attached
our response.

 

 

Kind regards

 

Graeme Daubney

 

Police Constable

Port of Dover Police

01304 216084 Ext 5753

Graeme Daubney
Police Constable

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Tel +44 (0)1304 240400 x5700
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