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How many times has an MP in your force area reported vandalism to their constituency office (0098.2019-20)

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Request:

How many times has an MP in your force area reported vandalism to their constituency office between…

  • 23 April 2013 to 22 April 2014
  • 23 April 2014 to 22 April 2015
  • 23 April 2015 to 22 April 2016
  • 23 April 2016 to 22 April 2017
  • 23 April 2017 to 22 April 2018
  • 23 April 2018 to 22 April 2019

 

How many times has an MP in your force area reported verbal abuse between…

  • 23 April 2013 to 22 April 2014
  • 23 April 2014 to 22 April 2015
  • 23 April 2015 to 22 April 2016
  • 23 April 2016 to 22 April 2017
  • 23 April 2017 to 22 April 2018
  • 23 April 2018 to 22 April 2019

How many times has an MP in your force area reported physical abuse between…

  • 23 April 2013 to 22 April 2014
  • 23 April 2014 to 22 April 2015
  • 23 April 2015 to 22 April 2016
  • 23 April 2016 to 22 April 2017
  • 23 April 2017 to 22 April 2018
  • 23 April 2018 to 22 April 2019

 

Response:

Extent of Searches to Locate Information

Following receipt of your request searches were conducted within North Yorkshire Police to locate relevant information.

 

Decision

I am not obliged to provide you with a response to your request pursuant to Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act). Please note that when one part of your request falls under Section 12, we are not obliged to review the rest of the questions and the whole request is therefore exempt.

Section 12(1) applies to your request as the cost of complying with your request is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond i.e. the cost of identifying and retrieving any relevant information exceeds the ‘appropriate level’ as stated in the Freedom of Information (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004.

Due to the nature of our recording systems the information requested, is not in an easily retrievable format. Although North Yorkshire Police information systems do allow for an occupation to be recorded, a manual read would be required to identify whether an individual was an MP at the time of the incident. There is no specific offence for verbal abuse and it could be considered as a number of different offences for example harassment or violence against the person. This would also require a manual read of all relevant incidents to establish if the record holds the relevant information, in this case, the occupation of the complainant and the nature of the incident. The examining of thousands of records would exceed the cost/time threshold as stated under the act.

Pursuant to Section 17(5) of the Freedom of Information Act this letter acts as a Refusal Notice.

Pursuant to Section 16 of the Act I am required to offer you advice and assistance with regarding to refining your request to within the ‘appropriate limit’ (time/cost limit. However, for the reasons identified above I am unable to suggest how your request may be redefined and still received information for a reasonable period of time.

 

Please note that systems used for recording information are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data. It should be noted therefore that this force’s response to your questions should not be used for comparison purposes with any other responses you may receive.

Last modified: November 15, 2019