I am requesting information for the purpose of a dissertation. If it is possible to get any information regarding the points below, that would be very useful to my research.
-Statistics on the number of crimes committed using a mobile device in the past 5 years (per year would be great if that’s possible)
-How many cases have been resolved through the use of mobile evidence in court
-Do you have any framework/training procedures that are used for training digital investigators, if so what are they?
I understand that some information may be sensitive but a response none the less would be greatly appreciated.
Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information within the appropriate (cost) limit within the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act (see ‘Reason for Decision’ below).
Although excess cost removes the force’s obligations under the Freedom of Information Act, as a gesture of goodwill I have supplied information, relative to your request, retrieved before it was realised that the fees limit would be exceeded (see attached). I trust this is helpful, but it does not affect our legal right to rely on the fees regulations for the remainder of the request.
REASON FOR DECISION
Please note that researching each individual case would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12). There is no way of identifying if a mobile device was used in the commission of an offence. We would need to conduct a manual search of all relevant records in order to locate and retrieve this information.