On the 7th of February 2008 The Home Secretary announced: "Scrapping the lengthy form used to record Stop and Account. ... This will be initially piloted in three force areas." (http://press.homeoffice.gov.uk/press-rel...)
Could you please release:
i/ The identities of the three pilot force areas.
ii/ Details of the trials being conducted in those areas including:
a/ The protocol used in the trial.
b/ The start and end date of the trial period.
c/ If any amendments to PACE code A were made (or (are) required) for the purposes of the trials.
iii/ A list of police forces (other than those in the three pilot force areas referred to above) which have either abolished their stop and account forms or have changed their stop and account protocol in a manner intended to simplify and speed up the stop and account process, along with details of the protocols used.
iv/ Any information on how the results of the official pilots and the unofficial trials will be collated, analysed, and presented to the public along with politicians and members of police authorities.
v/ Any proposed timetable and/or mechanism for "getting rid of Stop and Account forms altogether" (Speech by Jacqui Smith, Home Secretary, 24/06/08 - http://press.homeoffice.gov.uk/Speeches/... ) .
I note my requests for information on this subject made to the Home Office's FOI request email address on the 20th April 2008 and followed up on the 7th of July 2008 have not been replied to or even acknowledged.
I note that the statutory timescale of twenty working days as defined by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 has now been exceeded.
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