Published 7th September 2020.
Version 1.0

Specific Privacy Notice

London School of Economics: Gangs, drugs and knife crime

Project to determine the extent to which serious violence in Essex is impacted by gang/drug offenders from outside the Force area; and net contribution of ‘county lines’ activity in Essex.


This Specific Privacy Notice has been created to make it easier for you to understand what personal data Essex Police processes about you, how and why it will be used in connection with ‘LSE: Gangs, drugs and knife crime’. It is a requirement of the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA).

It is subordinate to, and should be read in conjunction with, the force’s high-level Privacy Notice

The high-level Privacy Notice provides you with complete details of the rights you have relating to the personal data we hold about you now and any personal data we might collect about you in the future.

If you require this Specific Privacy Notice in Braille or in another language please contact the Force’s Data Protection Officer (contact details below).

Privacy Information

Who is the Controller (the person who determines the purpose and means by which your personal data is processed) and what are their contact details?

The Controller is:

Chief Constable of Essex Police
Essex Police HQ
PO Box 2

DPA Section 44(1)(a)

What are the contact details of Essex Police’s Data Protection Officer?

Data Protection Officer
Essex Police HQ
PO Box 2
Email: [email protected]

DPA Section 44(1)(b)

For what purpose(s) is my personal data intended to be processed by Essex Police?

For Law Enforcement Purposes – defined as the prevention, investigation, detection or prosecution of criminal offences, the execution of criminal penalties, including the safeguarding against and the prevention of threats to public security, or the policing purpose. More specifically, the purposes is to identify factors and preconditions relating to the increase in serious violence and dispersion of drug markets from urban centres. This enables identification of strategic responses to reduce harm/harmful environments.

DPA Section 44(1)(c)

What are my rights under the DPA?

Full details of those rights and how to exercise them can be found in Essex Police’s high-level Privacy Notice which can be found on the home page of the Essex Police website. It can also be obtained from:

Information Rights Team
Essex Police HQ
PO Box 2
Email: [email protected]

Is there any other information that is necessary to enable me to exercise any of rights listed at 4 above?

The exemption found at Data Protection Act 2018 Schedule 2, Part 6, Para 27 (Research and Statistics) removes the obligations of certain rights. Our high-level Privacy Notice, and this Specific Privacy Notice covers the right to be informed. The personal data being processed in this instance is pseudonymised at source, the Processor will not have access to any identifiable personal data.

DPA Section 44(2)(d) and Section 44(3)(a)

What is Essex Police’s legal basis for processing my personal data?

Essex Police’s legal basis for processing your personal data is based on its Common Law Policing Purpose of protecting life and property, preserving order, preventing the commission of offences, bringing offenders to justice, and any duty or responsibility of the police arising from common or statute law.

In terms of Section 35(2) of the DPA the processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out for a Law Enforcement purpose by Essex Police or another competent authority.

DPA Section 44(2)(a) and Section 35(2)

How long will my personal data be retained by Essex Police?

Essex Police keep personal data for as long as is necessary for the particular purpose, or purposes, for which it is held. In this specific instance, the retention of the data, is detailed with the Data Processing Contract between the Chief Constable of Essex Police and Centre for Economic Performance of the London School of Economics (LSE).

DPA Section 44(2)(b)

Who could Essex Police disclose my personal data to?

The processing is subject to a Data Processing Contract, relating to a partner and academic institution working on our behalf (LSE). No further disclosure is intended.

DPA Section 44(2)(c)