Sexual harassment

Shauna made this Freedom of Information request to Police Service of Northern Ireland

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The request was partially successful.

Dear Police Service of Northern Ireland,

How many reports have the police service had internally in relation to sexual harassment at work each year for the past five please?

How many were made by an officer against another officer?
How many were made by a member of the public against an officer?

Can you list these in an anonymous list, per year, with an outcome in each case please?

Yours faithfully,

Shauna Corr

Police Service of Northern Ireland

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5th November 2018

Dear Ms Corr,

FREEDOM of INFORMATION ACT 2000

I write in connection with your request for information dated 5th November
2018 which was received by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI)
on 5th November 2018.  I note you seek access to the following
information:

Sexual Harassment At Work For 5 Years

This request will be dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. A response should be sent to you within 20 working
days however I would like to advise you that PSNI are currently
experiencing a delay in the processing of requests and we aim to respond
to your request as soon as possible.

If your request is unclear and clarification is required the 20 day
legislative time limit dictated by the Freedom of Information Act 2000
will be stopped until we receive clarification of your request. The ICO
guidance at paragraph 40 of the link below sets out that the clock begins
anew the day after the clarification is received. It states

“If the requester subsequently provides enough detail to enable the
authority to identify and locate the information, then the authority must
respond to the clarified request within a new 20 working day time limit
with the ‘clock’ starting the day after it receives the required
clarification. “

The link for this is:

[1]https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisatio...

In the event where the cost of complying with the request would exceed the
“appropriate level”, which is fixed at £450, as stated in the Freedom of
Information Regulations 2004, it is the policy of the PSNI to close the
request. You will however be notified of this decision and given an
opportunity to refine and resubmit the request.

If your request requires either full or partial transference to another
public authority in order to answer your query, again, you will be
notified.

If you have any queries regarding your request please write or contact the
Freedom of Information Team on 028 9070 0164. Please remember to quote the
reference number listed above in any future communications with the
Freedom of Information Team.

If you are dissatisfied in any way with the handling of your request, you
have the right to request a review. You should do this as soon as
possible, or in any case within two months of the date of issue of this
letter. In the event that you require a review to be undertaken, you can
do so by writing to the Head of Freedom of Information, PSNI Headquarters,
65 Knock Road, Belfast, BT5 6LE or by emailing [email address]. 

If following an internal review, carried out by an independent decision
maker, you were to remain dissatisfied in any way with the handling of the
request you may make a complaint, under Section 50 of the Freedom of
Information Act, to the Information Commissioner’s Office and ask that
they investigate whether the PSNI has complied with the terms of the
Freedom of Information Act.  You can write to the Information Commissioner
at Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF. In most circumstances the Information
Commissioner will not investigate a complaint unless an internal review
procedure has been carried out, however the Commissioner has the option to
investigate the matter at his discretion.

Yours sincerely,

FOI Decision Maker
FOI Unit
PSNI HQ Brooklyn

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Police Service of Northern Ireland

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18th January 2019

Dear Ms Corr,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

I write in connection with your request for information dated 5th November
2018 which was received by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI)
on 5th November 2018.  I note you seek access to the following
information:

Reports of Sexual Harassment

To enable the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) to meet your
request could you please provide further clarification on the following

You have requested ‘internal reports’,  however question 3 relates to
reports made by a member of the public. These reports would not be
reported internally but reports are received via PONI.

 

Can you therefore confirm if you require to include reports by PONI and
Professional Standards Department files in relation to his request.

 

You should be aware that the 20 day legislative time limit dictated by the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 has been stopped. Once we receive
clarification of your request a new 20 working day time limit will
commence.

Please send clarification of your request by writing to Freedom of
Information Team, PSNI Headquarters, 65 Knock Road Belfast BT5 6LE or by
email to [email address]. Alternatively, if you wish to discuss
your request or have any additional queries you can contact the FOI Unit
on 028 9070 0164.

Yours sincerely,

Jane

FOI Decision Maker
FOI Unit
PSNI HQ Brooklyn

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Dear Police Service of Northern Ireland,

I would like them both please, even though the latter comes from PONI.

Yours faithfully,

Shauna Corr

Police Service of Northern Ireland

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Subject:  FOI-2018-02720
22nd January 2019

Dear Ms Corr,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

I refer to your request for information dated 5th November 2018 which was
received by the Police Service of Northern Ireland on 5th November 2018
concerning:

Reports of Sexual Harassment

Please find attached response to your request.

 

Yours sincerely

Jane

FOI Decision Maker
FOI Unit
PSNI HQ Brooklyn

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Dear Police Service of Northern Ireland,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.
I am writing to request an internal review of Police Service of Northern Ireland's handling of my FOI request 'Sexual harassment'.
The PSNI must surely carry this information for internal auditing, so I would like to resubmit my request removing the public element.

You also quoted a figure for the period ending 2018 - when does this period start?
A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s...

Yours faithfully,

Shauna Corr

Police Service of Northern Ireland

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Subject:  FOI-2018-02720

Dear Ms. Corr,

FREEDOM of INFORMATION ACT 2000

I acknowledge receipt of your correspondence dated  requesting that Police
Service of Northern Ireland review its response to your request for
information concerning:

Reports of Sexual Harassment

An internal review will be conducted in accordance with Police Service of
Northern Ireland's review procedure.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 an independent
decision maker will carry out a review of this case and advise you in
writing of the outcome.

If you wish to discuss this matter prior to receiving a response please
contact me on 028 9070 0164.  Please remember to quote the reference
number above in any future communications.

If following an internal review you were to remain dissatisfied in any way
with the handling of the request you may make a complaint to the
Information Commissioner’s Office and ask that they investigate whether
the PSNI has complied with the terms of the Freedom of Information Act. 
You can write to the Information Commissioner at Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF. In most circumstances the Information Commissioner will not
investigate a complaint unless an internal review procedure has been
carried out, however the Commissioner has the option to investigate the
matter at his discretion.

Yours sincerely,

Sharon

FOI Decision Maker
FOI Unit
PSNI HQ Brooklyn

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Police Service of Northern Ireland

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29th January 2019

Dear Ms Corr,

FREEDOM of INFORMATION ACT 2000

I write in connection with your request for information dated 28th January
2019 which was received by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI)
on 28th January 2019.  I note you seek access to the following
information:

Sexual Harassment

This request will be dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. A response should be sent to you within 20 working
days however I would like to advise you that PSNI are currently
experiencing a delay in the processing of requests and we aim to respond
to your request as soon as possible.

If your request is unclear and clarification is required the 20 day
legislative time limit dictated by the Freedom of Information Act 2000
will be stopped until we receive clarification of your request. The ICO
guidance at paragraph 40 of the link below sets out that the clock begins
anew the day after the clarification is received. It states

“If the requester subsequently provides enough detail to enable the
authority to identify and locate the information, then the authority must
respond to the clarified request within a new 20 working day time limit
with the ‘clock’ starting the day after it receives the required
clarification. “

The link for this is:

[1]https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisatio...

In the event where the cost of complying with the request would exceed the
“appropriate level”, which is fixed at £450, as stated in the Freedom of
Information Regulations 2004, it is the policy of the PSNI to close the
request. You will however be notified of this decision and given an
opportunity to refine and resubmit the request.

If your request requires either full or partial transference to another
public authority in order to answer your query, again, you will be
notified.

If you have any queries regarding your request please write or contact the
Freedom of Information Team on 028 9070 0164. Please remember to quote the
reference number listed above in any future communications with the
Freedom of Information Team.

If you are dissatisfied in any way with the handling of your request, you
have the right to request a review. You should do this as soon as
possible, or in any case within two months of the date of issue of this
letter. In the event that you require a review to be undertaken, you can
do so by writing to the Head of Freedom of Information, PSNI Headquarters,
65 Knock Road, Belfast, BT5 6LE or by emailing [email address]. 

If following an internal review, carried out by an independent decision
maker, you were to remain dissatisfied in any way with the handling of the
request you may make a complaint, under Section 50 of the Freedom of
Information Act, to the Information Commissioner’s Office and ask that
they investigate whether the PSNI has complied with the terms of the
Freedom of Information Act.  You can write to the Information Commissioner
at Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF. In most circumstances the Information
Commissioner will not investigate a complaint unless an internal review
procedure has been carried out, however the Commissioner has the option to
investigate the matter at his discretion.

Yours sincerely,

Sharon

FOI Decision Maker
FOI Unit
PSNI HQ Brooklyn

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Police Service of Northern Ireland

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4th February 2019

Dear Ms Corr,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

I write in connection with your request for information dated 28th January
2019 which was received by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI)
on 28th January 2019.  I note you seek access to the following
information:

Sexual Harassment

To enable the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) to meet your
request further clarification is required.

Please provide a list of questions specifying the exact information you
are seeking. This will ensure that PSNI correctly interpret your request
and can provide you with an accurate response.

You should be aware that the 20 day legislative time limit dictated by the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 has been stopped. Once we receive
clarification of your request a new 20 working day time limit will
commence.

Please send clarification of your request by writing to Freedom of
Information Team, PSNI Headquarters, 65 Knock Road Belfast BT5 6LE or by
email to [email address]. Alternatively, if you wish to discuss
your request or have any additional queries you can contact the FOI Unit
on 028 9070 0164.

Yours sincerely,

Gillian

FOI Decision Maker
FOI Unit
PSNI HQ Brooklyn

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Police Service of Northern Ireland

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Ms Corr

 

In reply to your query regarding the figure provided within your response,
the information covers the five year period prior to December 2018.

 

Thanks

 

Jane
FOI Decision Maker  

Corporate Information Branch

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Dear Police Service of Northern Ireland,

My questions are:

1. How many incidents of sexual assault have been reported to the PSNI, where one staff member has made an accusation about another, in the past five years - each year separately please.

2. How many were investigated each year?

3. How many staff have been disciplined as a result of these cases each year?

4. How many staff have been sacked as a result of these cases each year?

Yours faithfully,

Shauna Corr

Police Service of Northern Ireland

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Subject: FOI-2019-00276

12th March 2019

Dear Ms Corr,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

I refer to your request for information received by the Police Service of
Northern Ireland concerning:

Incidents of Sexual Assault

Please find attached response to your request.

Yours sincerely

Gillian

FOI Decision Maker
FOI Unit
PSNI HQ Brooklyn

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Police Service of Northern Ireland

1 Attachment

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Subject: FOI-2018-02720
27th March 2019

Dear Ms Corr,

FREEDOM of INFORMATION ACT 2000

Following your request for us to review our previous response concerning:

Reports of Sexual Harassment

I can advise you that Police Service of Northern Ireland has now completed
its review - please see attachment.

Yours sincerely,

Ms Morris
Corporate Information

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