Percentage of incidents / investigations using Voluntary Interviews that result in No Further Action (NFA)

Catherine Smith made this Freedom of Information request to Surrey Police

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Dear Surrey Police,

Could you please tell me for the years 2018 and 2019 the following information:

The percentage of incidents/investigations using Voluntary Interviews in the first instance that have resulted in No Further Action (NFA)?

I require no information on the type of incidents or offences investigated

Yours faithfully,

Catherine Smith

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Dear Catherine SMITH,

Freedom of Information: 004077/20

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Dear Catherine SMITH,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST REFERENCE: 004077/20

I write in connection with your request for information received on
received 23/10/2020.

You had asked:

Could you please tell me for the years 2018 and 2019 the following
information: The percentage of incidents/investigations using Voluntary
Interviews in the first instance that have resulted in No Further Action
(NFA)? I require no information on the type of incidents or offences
investigated

Response:

 

Section 1 of the Freedom of information Act 2000 (FOIA) places two duties
on public authorities.  Unless exemptions apply, the first duty at
s1(1)(a) is to confirm or deny whether the information specified within a
request is held.  The second duty at s1(1)(b) is to disclose information
that has been confirmed as being held.  Where exemptions are relied upon
Section 17 of the FOIA requires that we provide the applicant with a
notice which: a) states that fact, b) specifies the exemption(s) in
question and c) state (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the
exemption applies.

The information requested is likely held by Surrey Police but cannot be
retrieved within the timescale allowed, therefore Section 12 of the
Freedom of Information Act applies. This section does not oblige a public
authority to comply with any part of a request for information if the
authority estimated that the cost of complying with the request would
exceed the appropriate limit of 18 hours, equating to £450.00

There is no automated process that enables searches to be undertaken in
relation to interviews. To extract that specific information would require
a manual review of in excess of 9,000 voluntary attendance records for the
above time period, to establish the information you have requested. 
Although not specifically calculated it is clear that this would far
exceed the FOI cost threshold.

When applying S12 exemption our duty to assist under S16 of the Act we
would normally contact you to determine whether it is possible to refine
the scope of your request to bring it within the cost limits.

 

In this case due to the volumes involved, I can see no reasonable way in
which we can do so. Even if the scope were limited to 2019 this would
still encompass in excess of 4,000 records,  still far exceeding the cost
threshold to review to extract interview data.

 

You should consider this to be a refusal notice under Section 17(5) of the
Act for that part of your request.

 

Notwithstanding the above, although excess cost removes the forces
obligations under the Freedom of Information Act, as a gesture of
goodwill,  I am able to provide the following data in relation to overall
voluntary attendance records and the number with the outcome No Further
Action recorded.

 

+-------------------------------------------------------------------+
|  |Total VA Records |No. NFA |
|-----------------+----------------------------+--------------------|
|2018 |5105 |153 |
|-----------------+----------------------------+--------------------|
|2019 |4220 |82 |
+-------------------------------------------------------------------+

I trust this is helpful, but it does not affect our legal right to rely on
the fees regulations for the remainder of your request.

Surrey Police provides you the right to request a re-examination of your
case under its review procedure. How to do this is set out in the attached
Appeals Notice. Having followed the full procedure, if you are still
dissatisfied, then you have the right to direct your comments to the
Information Commissioner who will give your case consideration.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in
Surrey Police. Should you have any further enquiries concerning this
matter, please write or contact us on 01483 - 630007 quoting the reference
number above.

Yours Sincerely,

Alan Bayless
Information Access Team
Surrey Police
Telephone 01483 630007