FOIA requests for park crime statistics

I made two freedom of information requests on 4 January 2005 to London’s Metropolitan Police for crime statistics for local parks.

Links to the Met’s responses will follow.

For Holland Park, W11, London

Public Access Office
New Scotland Yard
10 Broadway
London SW1H 0BG

January 1, 2005

FREEDOM OF INFORMATON REQUEST FOR CRIME STATISTICS: HOLLAND PARK, LONDON

Dear Sir or Madam:

I would like to request the weekly crime statistics for Holland Park for the past two years up to and including the week this request is answered. Specifically, I would like to know the types of incident that have occurred, location, time and date. Secondly, I would like to know the number of officers who currently patrol the park on a daily basis.

My preferred format to receive this information is by electronic database, and I can provide discs. I imagine this may also be the easiest method for you if you have an electronic records system, but if these reports are only available in manual form then perhaps we can arrange another method (such as inspection of the records).

This request is in the public interest as the public have a right to know how safe they are. It would be wrong to reject this request using section 40 of the Freedom of Information Act as the data can easily be disclosed without violating the data protection principles as defined in the Data Protection Act 1998. Simply remove the name of the victim.

I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request, and I look forward to hearing from you in the 20-day statutory period.

Regards,
Heather Brooke

See the Met’s response to this request here.
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For Victoria Park, Bethnal Green, E2 London

Public Access Office
New Scotland Yard
10 Broadway
London SW1H 0BG

January 1, 2005

FREEDOM OF INFORMATON REQUEST FOR CRIME STATISTICS: VICTORIA PARK, LONDON

Dear Sir or Madam:

I would like to request the weekly crime statistics for Victoria Park for the past two years up to and including the week this request is answered. Specifically, I would like to know the types of incident that have occurred, location, time and date. Secondly, I would like to know the number of officers who currently patrol the park on a daily basis.

My preferred format to receive this information is by electronic database, and I can provide discs. I imagine this may also be the easiest method for you if you have an electronic records system, but if these reports are only available in manual form then perhaps we can arrange another method (such as inspection of the records).

This request is in the public interest as the public have a right to know how safe they are. It would be wrong to reject this request using section 40 of the Freedom of Information Act as the data can easily be disclosed without violating the data protection principles as defined in the Data Protection Act 1998. Simply remove the name of the victim.

I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request, and I look forward to hearing from you in the 20-day statutory period.

Regards,
Heather Brooke

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