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Dear Cleveland Police,

I am requesting location data for sexual offences committed between 2016-2017, 2017-2018 and 2018-2019.

I understand the open access police force data only provides latitude and longitude data grouping together 'violence and sexual offences.'

However, I wish to request the location data just for sexual offences. I understand this will be based on anonymous map points and not the exact location the crime was committed.

Yours faithfully,

S.Barron

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Freedom of Information, Cleveland Police

Dear Ms Barron,

Enquiry Ref: 11760/2020

I acknowledge receipt of your request for information dated 17th February 2020 and received by this office on 18th February 2020.

As set out by the Freedom of Information Act it will be our aim to respond to your request within 20 working days that is by 18th March 2020. In some cases, however, we may be unable to achieve this deadline and would hope to contact you should this be the case.

Please note the ‘working day’ is defined as any day other than a Saturday, a Sunday, or a day which is a bank holiday in any part of the United Kingdom. The first reckonable day is the first working day after receipt.

If you have any questions regarding your request please contact this office.

Yours sincerely,

Ms E McGuigan
Freedom of Information Decision Maker
Directorate of Standards and Ethics
Cleveland Community Safety Hub | 1 Cliffland Way | Hemlington | TS8 9GL
E-mail: [Cleveland Police request email]

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Freedom of Information, Cleveland Police

Dear Ms Barron

Enquiry Reference: 11760-20

I write in connection with regards to your request received in this office on 18th February. I note you seek the following:

Please note that all statistical data supplied in relation to Freedom of Information requests is a snapshot of data held at the time the request was received by the Freedom of Information office and is subject to constant change/updates.

I am requesting location data for sexual offences committed between 2016-2017, 2017-2018 and 2018-2019.

I understand the open access police force data only provides latitude and longitude data grouping together 'violence and sexual offences.'

However, I wish to request the location data just for sexual offences. I understand this will be based on anonymous map points and not the exact location the crime was committed.

Section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) places two duties on public authorities. Unless exemptions apply, the first duty at Section 1(1) (a) is to confirm or deny whether the information specified in a 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 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.

Section 40(2) Personal Information

Section 40 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 is a class based and absolute exemption. This indicates that the legislators when writing this piece of legislation considered that the release of this type of information would cause harm to either the authority or the individuals involved.

Section 40(2) is an absolute exemption which does not require me to evidence the harm that disclosure would cause and does not require consideration of a public interest test in justification of its use.

This exemption is engaged where disclosure of information could lead to the identification of an individual, either from that information alone or combined with other information from within the Police Service or public domain. In this case, there is a reason why the Violence and Sexual Offences crimes are amalgamated on Police.uk as to breakdown this information further is highly likely to identity victims. Such a disclosure would breach an individual's rights under the Data Protection Act 2018, in particular Article 5(1) of the GDPR which states:

"1. Personal data shall be:

1.processed lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner in relation to the data subject ('lawfulness, fairness, transparency')"
The Cleveland Police response to your request is unique and it should be noted that Police Forces do not use generic systems or identical procedures to capture and record data therefore responses from Cleveland Police should not be used as a comparison with any other force response you receive.

If you are not satisfied with this response or any actions taken in dealing with your request you have the right to request an independent internal review of your case under our review procedure. The APP College of Policing guidance states that a request for internal review should be made within 20 working days of the date on this response or 40 working days if extenuating circumstances to account for the delay can be evidenced.

If I can be of any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact this office.

Yours sincerely

Mrs M Johnson
Freedom of Information Decision Maker
Department of Standard & Ethics | 1 Cliffland Way | Hemlington | TS8 9GL

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Please do not use social media or email to report crime as we do not monitor these accounts 24/7. Dial 999 in an emergency or visit the contact us section of our website for all reporting options.

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