Dear Sir or Madam,

Please could you provide me with as much of the following data as you have available:

1. The total number of searches carried out by the force under "stop and account" powers. Please supply this data by month, for as many months as are available.
2. A breakdown of the total number of "stop and account" searches by the subject's self-defined ethnicity. Please supply this data by month as above.

I understand that not all forces record "stop and account" searches, but I would be grateful for any data you do have.

Thank you for your attention, and please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like me to clarify this request.

Yours faithfully,

Anna Powell-Smith

Data FOI Essex,

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Dear Info Rights Freedom Essex,

I'd just like to clarify the wording in my request: I'm interested in the number of _stops_ made under "stop and account" powers, not the number of _searches_.

As you may have spotted, "stop and account" powers by definition do not involve searches!

If you do not record "stop and account", or do not use "stop and account" by policy, I'd also be interested in knowing that.

Apologies for any confusion, and thanks for considering my request.

Yours sincerely,

Anna Smith

Info Rights Freedom Essex,

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

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.

In respect of your enquiry:

1.     The total number of searches carried out by the force under "stop
and account" powers. Please supply this data by month, for as many months
as are available.

2.     A breakdown of the total number of "stop and account" searches by
the subject's self-defined ethnicity. Please supply this data by month as
above.

Clarification:

I'm interested in the number of _stops_ made under "stop and account"
powers, not the number of _searches_.

As you may have spotted, "stop and account" powers by definition do not
involve searches!

If you do not record "stop and account", or do not use "stop and account"
by policy, I'd also be interested in knowing that.

Having completed enquiries within Essex Police and in respect of Section
1(1)(a), Essex Police does not hold information relating to your request,
therefore, the obligation of Section 1(1)(b) cannot be met.

 

Essex Police no longer record stops made under “stop and account”, due to
the fact there is no longer a statutory requirement to record “stop and
account”, therefore only stop and search are recorded.

 

Thank you for your interest in Essex Police.

Kind regards,

Information Rights Team

Information Management Department

Strategic Change Directorate

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Anna Smith left an annotation ()

"Essex Police no longer record stops made under “stop and account”, due to the fact there is no longer a statutory requirement to record “stop and account”, therefore only stop and search are recorded."