Sexual abuse by Essex police

Ann McNeil made this Freedom of Information request to Essex Police

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Dear Essex Police,

Under the FOI Acts,please could you send me the information as to how many Essex Police and staff have had complaints between 2000 until the present of

1 sexual abuse
2 sexual assault

and of
3 child sexual abuse and assault

How many have been convicted of child sexual abuse offences, between the years 2000 to the present.

Yours faithfully,

Ann McNeil

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Thank you for your enquiry which has been logged under the above reference.

Under the Freedom of Information Act we are required to reply within 20 working days. The Act does not specify a limit to the number of information requests a public authority may receive or the number of requests or questions an applicant may submit. However, there are exemptions in the Act that can apply and these include where the cost of complying with the request would extend beyond the reasonable cost limit, (currently 18 hours or £450), or if the request is otherwise manifestly unreasonable in its scope or nature. Requests that ask a great many questions, or a number of detailed requests submitted at the same time, may make it necessary for Essex Police to refuse the requests wholly or in part.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has responsibility for providing oversight and guidance for the legislation and they have produced advice for applicants on submitting effective requests, a copy of which is included below. Further information can be found on the Commissioner’s website at www.ico.gov.uk<http://www.ico.gov.uk/>
While we process your request, please take the time to consider the ICO’s advice and whether you feel it may be beneficial to amend or refine your request. Our team are happy to discuss your request with you and will be able to provide advice as to what kind of information will be available from Essex Police.
Yours sincerely,

Kerry Nicholson
Information Officer
Strategic Change Management Department
Essex Police HQ
Internal extension 150025
Direct Dial 01245 452647
Essex Police Non emergency Telephone Number (within Essex) 101 (Outside Essex) 0300 333 4444
Fax: Internal 150045 External 01245 452256
Website: www.essex.police.uk<http://www.essex.police.uk/>
Information Management, Strategic Change Management Department, Essex Police Headquarters, PO Box 2, Springfield, Chelmsford, CM2 6DA

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From: Ann McNeil [[FOI #184166 email]]
Sent: 09 November 2013 18:39
To: FOI
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Sexual abuse by Essex police

Dear Essex Police,

Under the FOI Acts,please could you send me the information as to how many Essex Police and staff have had complaints between 2000 until the present of

1 sexual abuse
2 sexual assault

and of
3 child sexual abuse and assault

How many have been convicted of child sexual abuse offences, between the years 2000 to the present.

Yours faithfully,

Ann McNeil

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Dear data foi,

Thank you for you response. I am a little confused by the advice you have attached to your reply.

I think you have copied DO and Dont advice that was in clumns , hence it is now all mixed up and only serves to confuse.

Yours sincerely,

Ann McNeil

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Hi Ann,

Sorry for the confusion, we have only recently amended our response and the formatting of the Do's and Donts have not transferred over.

Please see our amended response (below) which should be clearer as now it only contains the links.
Regards

Thank you for your enquiry which has been logged under the above reference.

Under the Freedom of Information Act we are required to reply within 20 working days. The Act does not specify a limit to the number of information requests a public authority may receive or the number of requests or questions an applicant may submit. However, there are exemptions in the Act that can apply and these include where the cost of complying with the request would extend beyond the reasonable cost limit, (currently 18 hours or £450), or if the request is otherwise manifestly unreasonable in its scope or nature. Requests that ask a great many questions, or a number of detailed requests submitted at the same time, may make it necessary for Essex Police to refuse the requests wholly or in part.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has responsibility for providing oversight and guidance for the legislation and they have produced advice for applicants on submitting effective requests. Further information can be found on the Commissioner’s website at www.ico.gov.uk<http://www.ico.gov.uk/> specific information relating to submitting a request can be found at: http://www.ico.org.uk/for_the_public/off...

While we process your request, please take the time to consider the ICO’s advice and whether you feel it may be beneficial to amend or refine your request. Our team are happy to discuss your request with you and will be able to provide advice as to what kind of information will be available from Essex Police.

Yours sincerely,

Kerry Nicholson
Information Officer
Strategic Change Management Department
Essex Police HQ
Internal extension 150025
Direct Dial 01245 452647
Essex Police Non emergency Telephone Number (within Essex) 101 (Outside Essex) 0300 333 4444
Fax: Internal 150045 External 01245 452256
Website: www.essex.police.uk<http://www.essex.police.uk/>
Information Management, Strategic Change Management Department, Essex Police Headquarters, PO Box 2, Springfield, Chelmsford, CM2 6DA

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From: Ann McNeil [[FOI #184166 email]]
Sent: 11 November 2013 18:28
To: data foi
Subject: RE: FOI Request Our Ref. 5595 - Sexual abuse by Essex police

Dear data foi,

Thank you for you response. I am a little confused by the advice you have attached to your reply.

I think you have copied DO and Dont advice that was in clumns , hence it is now all mixed up and only serves to confuse.

Yours sincerely,

Ann McNeil

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Steve Grayton,

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Thank you for your enquiry which has been logged under the above
reference. Having completed my enquiries I am able to respond as follows:

Section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) places two duties
on public authorities. Unless exemptions apply, the first duty at
Sec1(1)(a) is to confirm or deny whether the information specified in a
request is held. The second duty at Sec1(1)(b) is to disclose information
that has been confirmed as being held. Where exemptions are relied upon
s17 of FOIA requires that we provide the applicant with a notice which: a)
states that fact b) specifies the exemption(s) in question and c) states
(if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption applies.

In respect of your enquiry:

 

please could you send me the information as to how many Essex Police and
staff have had complaints against them (I have added the words “against
them” as I assume that is what you mean) between 2000 until the present
of

1. sexual abuse
2.  sexual assault
3.  child sexual abuse and assault

How many have been convicted of child sexual abuse offences, between the
years 2000 to the present.

 

We have taken your request to mean a complaint in terms of a criminal
complaint, and a complaint in terms of a breach of the Standards of
Professional Behaviour.

 

To answer your questions I have contacted Essex Police's Professional
Standards Department (PSD) and am advised that they record complaints in
accordance with the IPCC classification codes, see:

 

[1]http://www.ipcc.gov.uk/sites/default/fil...
 

 

but it is often the case that allegations merge with others in a grouping.
Information is held by PSD for the management of the individual case and
it is not entered onto a system for the purposes of creating statistical
data, and to answer your enquiry in the detail requested would require us
to manually review every complaint / investigation file to review the
circumstances and extract / collate the information. This would involve
the creation of new data which the Act does not require us to do.

 

We could, if required, provide the number of complaints recorded under
each category but the information collated is already published, and the
exemption at section 21 Information accessible by other means applies.

 

21 Information accessible to applicant by other means

(1) Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant otherwise
than under section 1 is exempt information.

(2) For the purposes of subsection (1)—

(a) information may be reasonably accessible to the applicant even though
it is accessible only on payment, and

(b) information is to be taken to be reasonably accessible to the
applicant if it is information which the public authority or any other
person is obliged by or under any enactment to communicate (otherwise than
by making the information available for inspection) to members of the
public on request, whether free of charge or on payment.

(3) For the purposes of subsection (1), information which is held by a
public authority and does not fall within subsection (2)(b) is not to be
regarded as reasonably accessible to the applicant merely because the
information is available from the public authority itself on request,
unless the information is made available in accordance with the
authority’s publication

Section 21 of the Act (Information Reasonably Accessible by Other Means)
states that information is exempt information if it is reasonably
accessible to the applicant otherwise than under Section 1 of the Freedom
of Information Act 2000. Section 21 is an absolute exemption and where
information falls within the scope of an absolute exemption, a public
authority is not obliged to communicate it to an applicant and is also not
obliged to comply with the duty to confirm or deny the existence of the
information requested.

 

 

Details of complaints are shown on the IPCC website and these links may be
of use:
[2]http://www.ipcc.gov.uk/about/who-we-are/...
and
[3]http://www.ipcc.gov.uk/sites/default/fil...

 

The IPCC does publish data at:
[4]http://www.ipcc.gov.uk/reports/statistic... and 
[5]http://www.ipcc.gov.uk/reports/statistic...
under the categories that are recorded. As you will see from the IPCC
documents the headings you use fall under the heading “Oppressive
Behaviour”.

 

Reports relating to individual forces, including Essex, can be found at:
[6]http://www.ipcc.gov.uk/reports/statistic...

 

With regard to your final question – Essex Police has no serving officers
with convictions for sexual offences.

 

I hope this is of use.

 

Steve Grayton
Information Officer
Data Protection & Freedom of Information
Information Management
Strategic Change Management Department
Essex Police Headquarters
PO Box 2, Springfield, Chelmsford, CM2 6DA

 

Internal extension 150029
External Dial 101 then ext.150029
Data Protection / FOI Team direct dial: 01245 452647
Fax: 01245 452256 Internal 150045
Email : [7]data[Essex Police request email]
Personal email: [8][email address]
Website: [9]www.essex.police.uk

Working hours Mon-Thurs 7:30 – 15:30, Fri 7:30 – 15:00
Office opening hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 - 16:00

 

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your FOI request, you have
the right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should
be submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to
your original request and should be addressed to the Senior Information
Officer at the above address.

If your complaint refers to a decision to apply an exemption it would
assist the review if you would outline the reasons why you feel the
exemption does not apply.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF

 

  

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Dear Steve Grayton,Essex Police

Thank you for your answer which as you probably intended is of little use except of convince the public of The polices ability to manipulate statistics.

Yours sincerely,

Ann McNeil

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Thanks S Pritchard