Recorded crimes against single homeless people in supported accommodation

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Dear Kent Police,

I am writing on behalf of Revolving Doors Agency to make an open government request for all the information to which we are entitled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

We would like to know the following: How many crimes were recorded year ending June 2018, where the victim's address was a hostel or supported accommodation for single homeless people?

I would like the above information to be provided to me as electronic copies.
If this request is too wide or unclear, I would be grateful if you could contact me as I understand that under the Act, you are required to advise and assist requesters. If any of this information is already in the public domain, please can you direct me to it, with page references and URLs if necessary.

If the release of any of this information is prohibited on the grounds of breach of confidence, I ask that you supply me with copies of the confidentiality agreement and remind you that information should not be treated as confidential if such an agreement has not been signed.

I understand that you are required to respond to my request within the 20 working days after you receive this letter. I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request.

I look forward to hearing from you.
Yours faithfully,
Burcu Borysik
Policy Manager

Freedom of Information Kent, Kent Police

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Dear Borysik,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REF 18/11/1529

 

Thank you for your request received by Kent Police on 08/11/2018.

 

We would like to know the following: How many crimes were recorded year
ending June 2018, where the victim's address was a hostel or supported
accommodation for single homeless people?

 

Unfortunately your request engages the cost exemption at Section 12 FOIA.
Section 12 provides an exemption from a public authority’s obligation to
comply with a request for information where the cost of compliance is
estimated to exceed the appropriate limit. The Freedom of Information and
Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004 state that
the appropriate cost limit is 18 hours in the case of the Police Service.

 

The reason for this is that Kent Police would not hold a definitive list
of all homeless shelters and so is not something that can be retrieved
automatically as there is no MO Scene Marker for Hostels or Supported
Accommodation. As such every crime report would need to be reviewed
manually to determine if the offence had been carried out at either a
hostel or supported accommodation, amounting to many hundreds of records,
and is estimated to exceed the 18 working hour limit.

 

When Section 12 is engaged, our duty under Section 16 requires that we
assist you in refining your request so as to bring it within the cost
limit. In this instance we would suggest the following refinement:

 

If you could provide a list of hostel addresses it may be possible to
retrieve crime reports where an offence may have been reported.

 

If you would like to proceed with the refined request please advise us and
we will log and process the new request as soon as possible. You will be
contacted with a new reference number if this is the case.

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

Mark Crittenden

Public Disclosure Officer

Information Security and Governance

Kent Police

 

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Dear Freedom of Information Kent,

Thank you for your email.

Would it be helpful to provide a list of addresses for supported housing services?

Does the Kent police cover accommodation services in both Kent and Essex?
Yours sincerely,

Burcu Borysik

Freedom of Information Kent, Kent Police

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Dear Ms Borysik,

Yes please that would be helpful. Kent Police would only cover those within Kent.

Regards,

Mark Crittenden
Public Disclosure Officer
Information Security and Governance
Kent Police

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Dear Mark,
I have emailed the addresses to the Kent FOI email.
Thanks very much for your time.

Yours sincerely,

Burcu Borysik