How many reports of alleged criminal activity have you received linked to The Samaritans charity or any of its local branches, involving staff or volunteers, between 2017 and 2021.
Please break this information down by date and by nature of the allegation, including as much detail as is available.
Please present each incident in the following format:
Date of report
Date of alleged incident
Nature of alleged incident (including as much detail as you hold)
Action taken, if any
Please understand that we are not requesting any personal information that would identify alleged perpetrators or victims or infringe upon privacy. We are solely interested in the existence and nature of any reports.
Disclosure with Exemptions
Full Disclosure with Section 30 and Section 40 Exemptions
Information Correct as at
08 September 2021
Date of Disclosure
21 September 2021
FOI 16022 Response
Having completed enquiries within Essex Police in respect of Section 1(1)(a), Essex Police does hold information relating to your request, Essex Police can confirm in respect of Section 1(1)(b) the following data:
The data is correct as at 08 September 2021.
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Date Period: 01 January 2017 to 25 August 2021.
A total of four reports have been received by Essex Police between 01 January 2017 and 25 August 2021. The details of these reports are shown below:
Created Date - No Time
Reported Date - No Time
Public Order Offences
Public Order Offences
Type 18 - Investigation Complete; No Suspect Identified. Crime Investigated As Far As Reasonably Possible-Case Closed Pending Further Investigative Opportunities Becoming Available
Type 1 - Charged/Summonsed/Postal Requisition
No further information will be provided by virtue of the following exemptions:
Section 30(1)(a)(b)(c) – Investigations and Proceedings Conducted by a Public Authority
Section 40(2) - Personal Information
Section 40 is an absolute and class-based exemption and so requires no harm or public interest test to be undertaken.
Section 30 is a qualified and class-based exemption and, therefore, requires a public interest test to be conducted, for which considerations can be found below:
Factors Favouring Disclosure
Disclosure of the requested information would make for a better-informed public and develop public confidence that any information provided regarding crimes are dealt with appropriately and responsibly. This would demonstrate the openness and transparency of Essex Police.
Factors Favouring Non-Disclosure
The crime notes are an account given by the reporting person at the time the incident is reported. Essex Police must maintain a confidential source. If we were to disclose full details of the crime notes and/or information relating to investigations, it could lead to a loss of confidence in Essex Police and an unwillingness to provide information in the future. In addition, information obtained during the course of an investigation is held for the purpose of ascertaining whether a person is guilty of an offence. Therefore, disclosure of full investigation details or crime notes would undermine any future proceedings that may arise from investigations.
The Police Service is tasked with enforcing the law and protecting the community we serve; there is a public interest argument in ensuring we are open and transparent with regards to policing investigations. The ability of Essex Police to conduct such enquiries whilst maintaining public confidence to report crimes is crucial to the principles of prevention and detection of crime. It is, therefore, our opinion that the balance lies in favour of non-disclosure of the information at this time. Please note that Police forces do not use generic systems or identical procedures for capturing the data. For these reasons, this response to your questions should not be used for comparison purposes with responses you may have received from other Police forces.
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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