the break down of occupations of registered sex offenders

Richard Hughes made this Freedom of Information request to Police Service of Northern Ireland

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From: Richard Hughes

17 January 2009

Dear Sir or Madam,

What is the breakdown of occupations held at the time of arrest of
people who currently sign the sex offenders register. i.e.
percentage unemployed, civil servant, clergy etc.

Yours faithfully,

Richard Hughes

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Police Service of Northern Ireland

20 January 2009


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January 19, 2009

Dear Mr. Hughes,

FREEDOM of INFORMATION ACT 2000

I write in connection with your request for information dated January 17, 2009 which was received by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) on January 17, 2009. I note you seek access to the following information:

the breakdown of occupations of people who currently sign the sex offenders register.

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. The Freedom of Information team will advise you in writing if there are any delays in responding to your request and will keep you advised of progress.

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,

Mr Gordon Reid
A/Head of Freedom of Information

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Police Service of Northern Ireland

18 February 2009

Subject: F-2009-00165

February 18, 2009

Dear Mr. Hughes,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

I would like to apologise for the delay in responding to your request.

I refer to your request for information dated January 17, 2009 which was
received on January 17, 2009 concerning:

The Sex Offenders Register

Question

What is the breakdown of occupations held at the time of arrest of people
who currently sign the sex offenders register. i.e. percentage unemployed,
civil servant, clergy?

Answer

The cost of complying with your request for information would exceed the
"appropriate limit" as stated in the Freedom of Information Regulations
2004, which is currently set by the Secretary of State at £450.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland does not hold the information
requested in an easily retrievable format. Occupations are listed
individually and not recorded against a code and so to locate, retrieve
and present the information requested would require the PSNI's Information
Computer Service (ICS) department to carry out a time consuming manual
search of over 800 Sex Offenders records in order to try and establish
what occupation they had at the time of the original offence.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter should
be considered as a Refusal Notice, and the request has therefore been
closed.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland have also considered whether we can
be of any assistance in terms of helping you refine your request to bring
it under the cost limit however the nature and structure of the
information unfortunately makes this impossible.

If you have any queries regarding your request or this decision please do
not hesitate to contact me on 028 9070 0164. When contacting the Freedom
of Information Team, please quote the reference number listed at the
beginning of this email.

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.

Please be advised that PSNI replies under Freedom of Information may be
released into the public domain via our website @ [1]www.psni.police.uk

Personal details in respect of your request have, where applicable, been
removed to protect confidentiality.

Yours sincerely

Mr Gordon Reid

A/Head of Freedom of Information

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