Public Sex Environments - 215/10
Dated: 29 Apr 2010
Date of request: 01/04/2010
Date of response: 29/04/2010
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 1 April 2010 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.
As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.
In connection with the designation of ‘Public Sex Environments’ within your Police Force area:-
How many ‘public sex environments’ or public places for the purposes of a sex encounter have been designated within your Police Force Area?
What policy or guidance has been adopted or is applied by your Police Force in respect of the policing of any public sex environments within your Police Force area and if there is a written statement of such policy please would you supply a copy?
To what extent does your Police Force comply with the guidance document produced by the Association of Chief Police Officers in connection with the policing of public sex environments?
What consultation has your Police Force conducted with the public or other community stakeholders in connection with the identification of or policing of any public sex environment in your Police Force area?
We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.
Northumbria Police have no such designated areas.
Northumbria Police have no force policy in regards to policing public sex environments.
Northumbria Police holds no information in relation to this part of your request as no consultation has taken place with the public or community stakeholders in regards to public sex environments.
The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police. Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation. In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.
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