Gwent Police

Please provide, list and detail the following:

1. Between 1 January 2015 to current date (30 October 2019), how many reports of social media crimes such as stalking/harassment/malicious communications/sending offensive & threatening messages over a public electronic communications network such as Twitter or Facebook have been reported to your force?

2. Between 1 January 2015 to current date (30 October 2019), how many reports of social media crimes such as stalking/harassment/malicious communications/sending offensive & threatening messages over a public electronic communications network such as Twitter or Facebook have been resolved and closed?

3. Of such reports, how many were closed on the basis of no case to answer/no crime committed?

4. Of such reports, how many resulted in action being taken against the alleged perpetrators reported?

5. Of such reports, were the victims requested to make statements with a view to prosecution?

6. Of such reports, how many resulted in successful prosecution of the perpetrators?

7. Of such successful prosecutions, were the victim's experiences analysed to inform officers and civilian personnel for future reference of the negative effects of social media crime on the victims?

S Rhosier

FreedomOfInformation, Gwent Police

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FreedomOfInformation, Gwent Police

Good morning,

I write for clarification with regards to your FOI request.

Please could you confirm:

* Did you want all social media in one figure or broken down by each one. For example a figure for Facebook and the a figure for Twitter.
* Also there are a wide range of social media websites, we cannot differentiate which to include or exclude. It is done with a key word search so can you provide us with a list of social media websites they want us to search for.

Please advise how you would like to proceed.

Kind regards

Jordan
FOI Team

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FreedomOfInformation

My request merely exemplifies certain types of social media. The information requested by me relates solely to your recorded statistics with reference to social media as a whole.

S Rhosier

FreedomOfInformation, Gwent Police

Good morning,

In order to get information about crimes committed on social media we need to conduct a key word search. This means we need you to provide the websites you want us to search. We can't search 'social media' because crimes aren't recorded in this way.

the FOI was completed based on stalking and harassment cyber-crimes. It is important to note that this includes more than social media.

Please can you let us know at your earliest convenience so we can carry on with your FOI.

Kind regards,

Jordan
FOI Team

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FreedomOfInformation

Thank you for your reply.

Please search stalking and harassment cyber-crimes.

S Rhosier

FreedomOfInformation, Gwent Police

Please can you confirm what websites you want us to search?

Jordan
FOI Team

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FreedomOfInformation

You are a police force. This is a FOI request.

I am asking you to search your own database(s) for social media offences such as malicious communications.

S Rhosier

FreedomOfInformation, Gwent Police

Good Morning,

To move forward with your request, we need for you to tell us what social media sites you want us to search? As there are so many social media sites it would mean our researchers would have to trawl through the files, which would then be a S12.

As soon as we receive your clarification we can carry on with your request.

Kind regards
Jordan

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FreedomOfInformation

I've explained clearly what I seek.

Is there some reason why you cannot interrogate your force's databases for search terms such as 'Malicious Communications' etc.?

S Rhosier

FreedomOfInformation

For clarity, I refer to cross-indexing against Twitter and Facebook.

S Rhosier

FreedomOfInformation, Gwent Police

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Dear S Rhosier,

Please see attached the response to your recent Freedom of Information request

Kind regards

Jordan

FOI Team

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