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Cash Forfeiture Orders Under The Proceeds Of Crime Act

Question

1. The annual total number of cash forfeiture orders (cash seizure orders) and annual total value of cash forfeiture orders made under the Proceeds of Crime Act for each of the last 5 financial years (2012-13 to 2016-17 inclusive) broken down by year.

 

2. The annual total number of reclaimed cash forfeiture orders (unsuccessful cash seizures where the money is returned) and the annual total of reclaimed cash forfeitures (unsuccessful cash seizures where the money is returned) broken down by year for each of the last 5 financial years (2012-13 to 2016-17 inclusive).

 

3. Please detail a list of all expenditure for the last 3 financial years from money retained by the force from the Proceeds of Crime Act. Please provide the name of the expense, a description of what it is where necessary or detailed, quantity where relevant, and the amount paid.

Answer

Q1. Please see the total number of cash forfeitures rand the total annual value below. The figures relate to the year of the forfeiture, not the year of seizure.

Year

Number of Orders

Total Annual Value

2012/2013

17

£195,004.05

2013/2014

26

£195,133.03

2014/2015

22

£86.630.42

2015/2016

16

£156,867.84

2016/2017

18

£89,373.33

Q2. Please see the total number of reclaimed cash forfeitures and the total annual value of reclaimed cash forfeitures below. Please also note that on top of those figures, there will also be a number of seizures that are confiscated under the criminal provisions of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and those will not show in the Forfeiture totals or the returned totals.

Year

Number of Orders

Total Annual Value

2012/2013

11

£63,835.00

2013/2014

2

£5,745.00

2014/2015

3

£29,820.00

2015/2016

2

£3,462.00

2016/2017

7

£43,906.41

Q3. The constabulary does not retain money. All monies are remitted to the Ministry of Justice and then allocated to Police and Crime Commissioners (PCC) as part of the Asset recovery Incentive scheme on a quarterly basis according to defined allocation rates.

The funds received are primarily used to cover the cost of our Financial Investigation Unit (FIU) with any surpluses after this used to support community initiatives, including in recent years funds diverted through the Police Community Trust

 

2014/15
  £

2015/16
  £

2016/17
  £

FIU Costs

312,488

259,920

290,936

Donation to Community Trust

-

200,000

0

In addition, Avon and Somerset Constabulary can neither confirm nor deny that it holds any further information with regard to an exempt body as the duty in Section 1(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not apply by virtue of the following exemption:

Section 23(5) Information Supplied by, or concerning, certain Security Bodies.

Section 23 is a class based absolute exemption and there is no requirement to consider the public interest in this case.  Confirming or denying the existence of whether information is held would contravene the constrictions laid out with Section 23 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in that this stipulates a generic bar on disclosure of any information applied by, or concerning, certain Security Bodies. 

FOI reference: 1145/17.

Date of request: 19.09.17