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.
However, where exemptions are relied upon (Section 17 of FOIA), there is a requirement to provide the applicant with an explanation either:
a) stating the fact
b) detailing the exemption(s) in question and
c) why the exemption applies (if not apparent).
I am writing to request information regarding the number of residential noise disturbances and residential noise complaints reported in the Essex district between January 1st 2018 and April 18th 2023.
First Duty – Essex Police does hold information relating to all your request.
Second Duty – See below
Fact – See below
Exemption – Not applicable
Essex Police can report as follows:
Caveat: The data is correct as at 26 June 2023.
All data has been collated using STORM - Command and Control system
Unable to distinguish whether the incidents occurred in residential areas but can say whether urban or rural as an indicator
Noise disturbances show the number of incidents with a final call type of disturb and contains the keyword 'noise' in the incident comment field
Noise complaints show the number of incidents where the final call type was Nuis-Noise
01 January 2018 - 18 April 2023
Every effort is made to ensure that the data provided by Essex Police is accurate and complete. However, Essex Police systems are designed primarily for the management of individual cases and not for the purposes of providing data to answer specific FOI enquiries. Please note although data can be extracted from a number of sources via database queries, the results may be subject to inaccuracies. Care should be taken to understand our return when considering the interpretation or further use of the data.
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