"Residents tell Dorset Police they feel safe despite perceived crime rise"

Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, Dorset Police should have responded by now (details). You can complain by requesting an internal review.

Dear Dorset Police,

https://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/179831...

Please could you tell me:

1. How were contributors to the " annual Community Safety Survey" selected?

2. Exactly what information was given to them?

3. Exactly what questions were asked?

4. Please provide any raw data collected.

Yours faithfully,

Ian Belchamber

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Dear Dorset Police,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Dorset Police's handling of my FOI request '"Residents tell Dorset Police they feel safe despite perceived crime rise"'.

I have had no response at all in nearly 2 months.

Please can you now provide a response to this request.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/r...

Yours faithfully,

Ian Belchamber

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Dear Mr Belchamber,

 

We write in connection with your Freedom of Information request, which was
received by Devon and Cornwall Police on 22/10/2019.  I note you are
requesting information concerning

 

"Residents tell Dorset Police they feel safe despite perceived crime
rise’'.

 

 

It has been some time since your request was submitted, and it appears it
has not been processed in line with the Act and responded to as required
under the stated timescales.  For this we sincerely apologise, and
appreciate the frustration this may have caused. 

 

We are now as from yesterday, as requested, undertaking an internal review
into why your request was not processed in accordance with our statutory
duty. We will answer the Internal Review and Request together.

 

We once again apologise for this significant delay, and ask for your
understanding as we work through a number of outstanding cases. We
appreciate this situation is not acceptable, and we are also working to
improve processes and staffing levels for the future. 

 

If you wish to discuss at all, please feel free to contact us. 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Alliance Freedom of Information

Devon & Cornwall Police Headquarters, Middlemoor

Tel: 01392 226770 

Email :   [1][Dorset Police request email]

 

Alliance Information Management Department

Devon & Cornwall Police and Dorset Police

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Dear .Freedom of Information,

Hello again,

I am rather surprised that his request still seems to be going nowhere.

Are you able to provide any kind of update?

Yours sincerely,

Ian Belchamber

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E-mail should not be regarded as a secure means of communication, we take
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.Freedom of Information, Dorset Police

Dear Mr Belchamber,

I write in connection with the below correspondence.

First of all please accept my apologies that your request has been delayed for some time. I can confirm we have retrieved the information in question and are processing it. The request is not going to attract exemption by virtue of Section 12 (1) under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000.

For the purposes of honesty and transparency the reason for the delay rests with the FOI team and me specifically. While your request does not attract Section 12, it is requiring the FOI office to spend a substantial amount of time going through several 1000 lines of data to ensure no exemption would be breached by the release of any sensitive information. Given the current demand we are under it has been challenging to assign enough time to get this part of the request finished so we can make a disclosure to you. For that I do apologise and hope this explanation provides you some context as to why there has been a delay. I will make sure to assign time to your request so it can be completed, progress has been made but there is still a fair amount to review.

I note the subject of this email reads:

'Internal review of Freedom of Information request - "Residents tell Dorset Police they feel safe despite perceived crime rise"'

Would you like to submit an Internal Review of your request? I acknowledge it is late and it is your right to query our application of Section 10 under the Act. I do hope however this email may be able to address these concerns to a certain degree; your continued patience regarding this request is appreciated.

Yours sincerely,

Chris Fitzgerald
Alliance Freedom of Information Officer
Dorset Police Headquarters, Winfrith
Tel: 01202 223696 (Mon-Fri)
Email: [email address] or [email address]

Alliance Information Management Department
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Dear .Freedom of Information,

I am happy to continue to wait. I was not expecting this to be at all time consuming as presumably the data exist in electronic format.

Yours sincerely,

Ian Belchamber

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E-mail should not be regarded as a secure means of communication, we take
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but cannot accept liability for any loss or damage, howsoever arising, as
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Dear Mr Belchamber,

 

Please find attached the response to your above numbered Freedom of
Information Request; I am sorry for the extended delay.

 

Should you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Chris Fitzgerald

Alliance Freedom of Information Officer

Dorset Police Headquarters, Winfrith

Tel: 01202 223696 (Mon-Fri)

Email: [1][email address] or
[2][Dorset Police request email]

 

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Devon & Cornwall Police and Dorset Police

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E-mail should not be regarded as a secure means of communication, we take
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Ian Belchamber

Dear .Freedom of Information,
Thanks for your part reply, it is somewhat puzzling that it has taken this long for such a reply. Your refusals to provide the results are not reasonable. According to the survey introduction itself, "Although we receive aggregated results and may carry out supplementary analysis, we do not know who the survey gets sent to or see the returned questionnaire"

As the aggregated results are numbers only, and therefore contain no personal information, they cannot possibly by used for a criminal investigation or contain personal or third party information.

As for "Commercial interests" I remind you that the purpose of the police is primarily to keep the public safe with the consent of the public. In any case there are no questions that would provide answers that would cause "commercial problems". Quite possibly the full data would reveal a less positive outcome than that which the police have presented, but this is exactly why the police should be transparent, and there is only one obvious reason for the police to withhold such information about how the public think the police are performing.

I therefore request that this goes to internal review.

Yours sincerely,

Ian Belchamber

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E-mail should not be regarded as a secure means of communication, we take
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