The number of arrests, prosecution and cautions for serious sexual offences 2016, 2017 and 2018

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Dear Kent Police,

Could you please provide the following information:

1. The number of arrests in 2016, 2017 and 2018 to date for rape?

2. The number of arrests in 2016, 2017 and 2018 to date for sexual assault?

3. The number of prosecutions in 2016, 2017 and 2018 to date for rape?

4. The number of prosecutions in 2016, 2017 and 2018 to date for sexual assault?

5. The number of cautions issued in 2016, 2017 and 2018 to date for rape?

6. The number of cautions in 2016, 2017 and 2018 to date for sexual assault other than rape and a breakdown of those offences?

Yours faithfully,

James Martin

Freedom of Information Kent, Kent Police

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Dear Mr Martin,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REF 18/08/1104

 

Thank you for your request received by Kent Police on 17 August 2018.

 

1. The number of arrests in 2016, 2017 and 2018 to date for rape?

 

2. The number of arrests in 2016, 2017 and 2018 to date for sexual
assault?

 

3. The number of prosecutions in 2016, 2017 and 2018 to date for rape?

 

4. The number of prosecutions in 2016, 2017 and 2018 to date for sexual
assault?

 

5. The number of cautions issued in 2016, 2017 and 2018 to date for rape?

 

6. The number of cautions in 2016, 2017 and 2018 to date for sexual
assault other than rape and a breakdown of those offences?

 

Unfortunately your request engages the cost exemption at Section 12 FOIA.
Section 12 provides an exemption from a public authority’s obligation to
comply with a request for information where the cost of compliance is
estimated to exceed the appropriate limit. The Freedom of Information and
Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004 state that
the appropriate cost limit is 18 hours in the case of the Police Service.

 

The reason for this are that the request ask for arrests, crime outcomes,
and prosecutions.

Custody (arrest) data, crime data, and case (prosecution) data are stored
on separate parts of the electronic recording database which cannot be
linked automatically. To determine if a sexual offence or rape arrest
resulted in a prosecution would require the manual review and cross
reference of all relevant custody reports, crime data, and case data
amounting to many hundreds of records, and is estimated to exceed the 18
working hour limit.

 

When Section 12 is engaged, our duty under Section 16 requires that we
assist you in refining your request so as to bring it within the cost
limit. In this instance we would suggest the following refinement:

 

The number of crime reports with recorded crime outcomes for rape and
sexual assault outcomes for the calendar years 2016, 2017, and 2018 to
date.

 

If you would like to proceed with the refined request please advise us and
we will log and process the new request as soon as possible. You will be
contacted with a new reference number if this is the case.

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

Mark Crittenden

Freedom of Information Team

Kent Police

 

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Dear Freedom of Information Kent,

Yes please process my request as you suggest:

The number of crime reports with recorded crime outcomes for rape and
sexual assault outcomes for the calendar years 2016, 2017, and 2018 to
date.

Yours sincerely,

James Martin

Freedom of Information Kent, Kent Police

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Dear Mr Martin,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REF 18/08/1111

 

Thank you for your request received by Kent Police on 19 August 2018. I
note you seek access, in summary, to information relating to:

 

Crime outcomes for rape and sexual assaults.

 

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) provides that a public
authority respond to an FOI request within 20 working days. Please be
aware that we are experiencing very high request volumes and while we will
endeavour to complete your request as soon as possible it is likely that a
response may well be delayed.

 

Your interest in Kent Police is appreciated and pending a specific
response to your request, I enclose a sheet, which summarises your rights.
Should you have any further inquiries concerning this matter, please write
or contact us via the following telephone numbers 01622
654429/654413/652304 quoting the reference number above.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Mark Crittenden

Freedom of Information Team

Kent Police

 

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Freedom of Information Kent, Kent Police

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Dear Mr Martin,

 

With reference to the Freedom of Information request that we received from
you on 19 August 2018 please find attached the response letter and
accompanying appendix.

 

Should you have any queries relating to this then please do not hesitate
to contact us.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Public Disclosure Officer

Information Security and Governance

Kent Police

 

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