Dear Merseyside Police,

How many safe house or halfway houses are there for sex offenders
in Liverpool

What areas are they in

What streets are they in

Yours faithfully,

Andy Leary

Merseyside Police

Dear Mr Leary,

Reference No : CD133/10 (please quote in all correspondence)

Thank you for your application for information dated 14/11/10, received by Merseyside Police on 15/11/10. I note that your are
seeking information relating to:

(paraphrased) : Safe Houses For Sex Offenders

Your request will be dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and will now be considered. You will receive
a response within the statutory time-scale of 20 working days as defined by the Act, subject to the information not being exempt nor
containing a reference to a third party. In the event that we are not able to achieve this deadline you will be informed at the
earliest opportunity and given a revised time-scale.

There may be a fee payable for the retrieval, collation and provision of the information you have requested. If this is the case you
will be informed and the 20 working day time scale will be suspended until we receive payment from you.

Some requests may also require either full or partial transfer to another public authority in order to answer your query in the
fullest possible way. Again, you will be informed if this is the case.


Yours faithfully,

Carl Dewhurst
Disclosure Analyst
Merseyside Police
Information Bureau
Disclosure Unit
PO Box 59,
LIVERPOOL L69 1JD
Fax: 0151-777-7099
Email: [Merseyside Police request email]

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Dear Mr Leary,

I write in connection with your application for information which was
received by Merseyside Police on 15/11/10. I note that you seek access to
the following information:

(Paraphrased) Information Re Safe Houses/Halfway Houses

This is to inform you that I can not identify any specific records /
documents that will satisfy your request based on the details you have
provided. To enable Merseyside Police to meet your request could you please
provide this office with further information. I provide some guidance that
may assist you more clearly to describe the information you require:

The terms "safe house" and "halfway house" are not terms recognised by or
used by the police service. Please can you clarify exactly what you are
referring to by the terms "safe house" and "halfway house".

After receiving your reply, your request will then be considered and you
will receive the information requested within the statutory time scale of
20 working days as defined by the Freedom of Information Act 2000, subject
to the information not being exempt or containing reference to a third
party.

However, if the requested information has not been received by one month
after the above date, I will consider that you no longer wish to proceed
with this request and it will be treated as withdrawn.

There may be a fee payable for the retrieval, collection and provision of
the information you request. If this is the case you will be informed and
the 20 working day time scale will be suspended until we receive the
payment from you. If you chose not to make a payment then your request will
remain unanswered.

Yours faithfully,

Carl Dewhurst
Disclosure Analyst
Merseyside Police
Information Bureau
Information Access Unit
PO BOX 59
LIVERPOOL
L69 1JD

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Dear Merseyside Police,

by safehouse or halfway house I mean a premisis of residence provided to communally house newly released sex offenders for the purpose of rehabilitation or any other purpose.

Yours faithfully,

Andy Leary

Merseyside Police

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Dear Mr Leary,

Freedom of Information Response, Reference – CD133/10

I write in connection to your request for information dated 14/11/10 and
received by Merseyside Police Freedom of Information Team on 15/11/10,
requesting information re safe houses.

Your request for information has been considered and I am not obliged to
confirm or deny that Merseyside Police holds the information that you have
requested.

Reason for Decision

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

Merseyside Police can neither confirm nor deny that it holds the
information requested in Questions 1, 2 & 3 as the duty in Section 1(1)(a)
of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not apply, by virtue of the
following exemptions:

Section 31(3) Law Enforcement

Section 38(2) Health & Safety

This should not be taken as conclusive evidence that any information that
would meet your request exists or does not exist.

Please find attached a response table and separate harm, public interest
and balance tests.

(See attached file: CD133-10 Response Table.doc)(See attached file:
CD133.10 PIT.doc)

Complaint Rights
Your attention is drawn to the attached sheet which details your right of
complaint.

(See attached file: Complaints info.doc)

Yours faithfully

Carl Dewhurst
Disclosure Analyst
Merseyside Police
Information Bureau
PO BOX 59
Liverpool
L69 1JD
E-mail: [Merseyside Police request email]

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Dear Merseyside Police,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Merseyside Police's handling of my FOI request 'Sex offenders safehouses'.

I see no good reason why you would be exempt from providing me with this information

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

Yours faithfully,

Andy Leary

Merseyside Police

Dear Mr. Leary,

I acknowledge receipt of your email dated 29/11/2010 requesting that
Merseyside Police review its response to your request for information
concerning;

How many safe house or halfway houses are there for sex offenders in
Liverpool?
What areas are they in?
What streets are they in?

My understanding is that the issue you have raised is that you see no good
reason why you would be exempt

The review will be conducted in accordance with the Merseyside Police
review procedure and every effort will be made to have a response to you by
the 29/12/2010 (as advocated by the ICO). However if it becomes clear that
the review will not be completed by this date you will be contacted.

If you wish to discuss this matter prior to the response by Merseyside
Police please contact me.

Yours sincerely

Graham Thomas
Disclosure Manager
Tel. 0151 777 7007


Andy Leary
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<[Merseyside Police request email]>
29/11/2010 22:39 cc

Subject
Internal review of Freedom of
Information request - Sex offenders
safehouses





Dear Merseyside Police,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Merseyside Police's
handling of my FOI request 'Sex offenders safehouses'.

I see no good reason why you would be exempt from providing me with
this information

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

Yours faithfully,

Andy Leary

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Merseyside Police

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Dear Mr Leary,

Request for Internal Review - Reference – CD133/10

Further to Graham Thomas' email of 30 November I confirm that I have
completed my review into the Merseyside Police response to your request
for information pertaining to safe houses.

I have decided to uphold the original decision.

I am not obliged to confirm or deny that Merseyside Police holds the
information that you have requested.

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

Merseyside Police can neither confirm nor deny that it holds the
information requested as the duty in Section 1(1)(a) of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 does not apply, by virtue of the following exemptions:

Section 31(3) Law Enforcement

Section 38(2) Health & Safety

This should not be taken as conclusive evidence that any information that
would meet your request exists or does not exist.

Please find attached a response table and separate harm, public interest
and balance tests.

(See attached file: Internal Review Response Table.doc)(See attached file:
Internal Review PIT.doc)

Complaint Rights
Your attention is drawn to the attached sheet which details your right of
complaint.

(See attached file: Complaints info.doc)

Yours faithfully

Granville Southworth
Information Governance Manager
Anti-Corruption Unit
Merseyside Police HQ
Canning Place
Liverpool
L69 1JD
Tel: 0151-777-1422
[mobile number]
email: [email address]

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ensure that this email message has been swept for the presence of
computer viruses.

The views expressed in this communication may not necessarily be the
views of Merseyside Police.

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