Operation Clopatra

Shona Scott made this Freedom of Information request to Greater Manchester Police

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Dear Greater Manchester Police,
Re Operation Cleopatra

1 What was the purpose, remit and terms of reference of the
operation
2 What dates it ran
3 What results it achieved in terms of number of arrests, number
charged, number of convictions and for what offences for each
4 Who the Police officer was in charge and how many officers were
on the operation
5 Why the operation was instigated
6 Where the operation was run from and what area did it cover
7 Why was the name chosen and whether it had always had that name
or whether there were connected operations
8 Where this information is now kept, and in what form -physical or
electronic

Yours faithfully,

Shona Scott

Greater Manchester Police

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From: Shona Scott <[FOI #188160 email]>
To: FOI requests at Greater Manchester Police
<[Greater Manchester Police request email]>
Date: 05/12/2013 20:15
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Operation Clopatra

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Dear Greater Manchester Police,
Re Operation Cleopatra

1 What was the purpose, remit and terms of reference of the
operation
2 What dates it ran
3 What results it achieved in terms of number of arrests, number
charged, number of convictions and for what offences for each
4 Who the Police officer was in charge and how many officers were
on the operation
5 Why the operation was instigated
6 Where the operation was run from and what area did it cover
7 Why was the name chosen and whether it had always had that name
or whether there were connected operations
8 Where this information is now kept, and in what form -physical or
electronic

Yours faithfully,

Shona Scott

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Dear Shona Scott

With reference to your recent FOI request please see the attached.

Regards

Philip Humphreys
Information Compliance & Records Management Unit
Information Services Branch
Greater Manchester Police
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Dear Philip Humphreys Greater Manchester Police,

Thank you for your reply.

I note your concern that there have been 7 FOI requests to Gt Manchester Police from myself and I acknowledge your concern.
This reflects the concentration for whatever reasons of child sexual abuse cases within the Gt Manchester area. Such a concentration is in no other part of the country apart from the Metropolitan Police, and also reflects the size of the GMP. (West Midlands Police interestingly do not have a corresponding number of publicly known Operations on Child Abuse)
You may also be aware of the extensive cover up of child sexual abuse over 40 years, of which there is no doubt that some police forces have taken part in the cover up. I am not making any allegations about GMP, it could be that the concentration of cases reflects good detection.
Newspapers are often unreliable sources of information and indeed one Police Service has said not to rely on them except in the case of a named officer giving the information in the article.
Especially in the area of child sexual abuse it is vital to get good quality information into the public domain so that facts are properly ascertained and cover ups cannot continue and victims get justice.
Hence my FOI request to GMP to get reliable information straight from the horses mouth as it were.
I note that you only answered, from ten questions, the name of the Officer in charge, referring me for most other questions to information in newspapers. Newspapers, are all democratically unaccountable with their own agendas as we have seen in the phone hacking scandal, the truth and ethics coming at least second best to selling newspapers and entertainment.
Please tell me under s 16 how I can tell if the information in the newspapers is correct and the same information as you hold, when you engage S21? this is even more the case when you offer a blanket S21 for several answers and give no precise location for each part of the information.
Perhaps for the future, taking the information I have presented on board, perhaps GMP could produce a very short public facing report on each child sexual abuse operation, so that there is no doubt as to the facts, and the public can rely on the Police for their information and not Press reports?

Yours faithfully,

Shona Scott

Greater Manchester Police

Dear Shona

Thank you for your email, the contents of which have been noted.

We have previously communicated, see our correspondence re your request re Operation Doublet, regarding GMPs application of section 21 and I re-iterate, despite what other Police services may have advised you or may decide, that GMP applies the exemption (21), when the information sought within a FOI request is already within the public domain, can be easily accessed and is the same as the information held by the force. Should the information differ or not be easily accessible the exemption would not be engaged.

In this particular case it would not be feasible for me to pinpoint each line within the articles that provides the data sought which is held by GMP, however by reading the vast amount of data in the public domain you will see all the points covered by s21 are answered within the whole of the articles, those that are not have been addressed separately and those whereby another exemption has been engaged are covered by the Public Interest Test within the response letter sent.

I trust this assists?

Regards

Philip

Philip Humphreys
Information Compliance & Records Management Unit
Information Services Branch
Greater Manchester Police
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