Statistics and information on disability and abuse

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Dear Central Scotland Police,

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I kindly request the following information:

1) Do you record disability when a crime is reported? If so, please provide me with the following:

a) The number, and percentage, of crimes in the last 3 years that involved a person with a disability; i.e.

i. 2009-2010
ii. 2010-2011
iii. 2011-2012

b) The number, and percentage, of crimes in the last 3 years of rape or sexual assault that involved a person with a disability; i.e.

i. 2009-2010
ii. 2010-2011
iii. 2011-2012

c) A list of all reported incidents of rape and sexual assault in the last 3 years against people with a disability in your catchment area; i.e.

i. 2009-2010
ii. 2010-2011
iii. 2011-2012

2) Do you record crimes by type of impairment? If so, please provide me with the following:

a) The definitions used

b) The same requests as above (a-c) of people with a learning disability (or a similar category within your definitions)

3) Do you provide disability awareness training for your staff? If so, what percentage of your staff has undertaken this training?

4) Do you provide easy read materials in your station/s? If so, please provide me with a list of the documents/leaflets you have in easy read format.

Yours faithfully,

Maisie

Freedom Of Information, Central Scotland Police

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Dear Maisie,

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 – Acknowledgement
 
Thank you for your request for information received on 25 September
2012, which is being dealt with in accordance with the Freedom of
Information (Scotland) Act 2002. Your request has been given the unique
Reference Number: 09-029 and this should be quoted on all
correspondence.  

Under the terms of the Act, we have a statutory obligation to respond
within 20 working days from the day after your request was received. A
response to your request for information will be sent to you promptly, and
in any event not later than 24 October 2012. Please allow for postal time,
if sent by mail.

Your request may result in us not supplying the information you have
requested, as the Act imposes certain conditions and exemptions on the
information we may supply. It is also possible that the information you
request is controlled by different legislation.

If you require any clarification, please do not hesitate to contact me on
01786 456000 or Email:  [1][email address].police.uk  . However,
if you are not satisfied with the way in which your request has been
handled, you are entitled, in the first instance, to request a Review of
the decisions made.  Should you wish to request a Review, please write to
Head of Professional Standards, Professional Standards Department, Central
Scotland Police, Police Headquarters, Randolphfield, Stirling FK8 2HD
within 40 working days of receiving this correspondence.

If, after receiving a response to the Review, you remain dissatisfied, you
have six months within which you may Appeal to the Scottish Information
Commissioner who can be contacted at Kinburn Castle, Doubledykes Road, St
Andrews, Fife, KY16 9DS. Phone: 01334 464610 Fax: 01334 464611 or Email
[2][email address] .

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Yours sincerely

Susan

FOI and Information Access Officer

Central Scotland Police
Police Headquarters
Randolphfield
Stirling  FK8 2HD

Tel:       01786 456000
Fax:      01786 456388
Email:   [Central Scotland Police request email]

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Freedom Of Information, Central Scotland Police

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Dear Maisie,

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Thank you for your request for information received below. I have dealt
with this request in accordance with the Freedom of Information (Scotland)
Act 2002 and respond as follows :

Requests:

As below.
 
Responses: 
 
Question 1.
It will be impractical to provide this information as when a hate crime is
reported disabilities are not always recorded by Officers. The reason for
this is there may be crimefiles where someone has a disability of some
sort, but because it had no bearing on the offence would not be recorded
as such e.g. a housebreaking may occur whether or not the occupant was
disabled or not and we would not record the fact the victim was disabled
or had mental health issues.  Also many disabilities are not visible
therefore there would be no recording of a disability unless the victim
makes us aware of their disability.
 
To retrieve information for questions 1 a), b) and c) regarding whether
the victim or the perpetrator has a disability would require going into
each individual record to ascertain whether a disability has been
recorded. To carry out this task would take a large amount of time,
therefore under Part 1, Section 12 (1) of the Freedom of Information
(Scotland) Act 2002, allows Public Authorities to decline requests where
the cost of providing information is considered to be excessive.  The cost
of providing the information you have requested as being in excessive of
£600, and so, I am declining your request under this provision of the Act.
 
Question 2.
If we record the appropriate hate crime as a disability we do not break it
down any further other than a physical or mental disability.
 
Question 3. 
Disability awareness will be undertaken through diversity training for
Police Officers at the Police College and Police Staff would receive
diversity training in house. It is force policy that all Police Staff and
Officers undertake diversity training.
 
Question 4.
We do not routinely provide easy read material but when the need arises,
i.e. we identify that persons with visual impairments will require the
leaflet / document, we will get a special run of that particular document
for that community. It is done in the same way as if a community would
require documents to be translated. On our internet site we have material
that will be able to be translated or viewed at different screen sizes.
 
I trust this information will be of assistance to you.
 
You should be aware that Central Scotland Police hold the Copyright for
the material provided and it may not be reproduced in any format or media
without acquiring specific permission. This will also be subject to the
material not being used in a derogatory manner or in a misleading context.
The source of the material must then be acknowledged as Central Scotland
Police, and the title of the document must be included when being
reproduced as part of another publication or service.

Police forces in the United Kingdom are routinely required to provide
crime statistics to government bodies and the recording criteria is set
nationally. However, the systems used for recording these figures are not
generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the crime data.
It should be noted that for these reasons this force's response to your
questions should not be used for comparison purposes with any other
response you may receive.

If you require any clarification, please do not hesitate to contact me on
01786 456000 or Email:  [1][email address].police.uk  . However,
if you are not satisfied with the way in which your request has been
handled, you are entitled, in the first instance, to request a Review of
the decisions made.  Should you wish to request a Review, please write to
Head of Professional Standards, Professional Standards Department, Central
Scotland Police, Police Headquarters, Randolphfield, Stirling FK8 2HD
within 40 working days of receiving this correspondence.

If, after receiving a response, you remain dissatisfied, you have six
months within which you may Appeal to the Scottish Information
Commissioner who can be contacted at Kinburn Castle, Doubledykes Road, St
Andrews, Fife, KY16 9DS. Phone: 01334 464610 Fax: 01334 464611 or Email
[2][email address] .

Yours sincerely,

Susan

FOI and Information Access Officer

Central Scotland Police
Police Headquarters
Randolphfield
Stirling  FK8 2HD

Tel:       01786 456000
Fax:      01786 456388
Email:   [Central Scotland Police request email]

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