Added by Freedom of Information Team on 22 February 2017 at 11:59
Can you please provide me under the FOI Act a breakdown of all arrests made by your force for counterfeit money crimes in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
This may include arrests for producing counterfeit money and handling/using/trying to use counterfeit money.
If possible, please break down the offences by month, year, the currency of the fake money (pounds, euros, dollars) and circumstances relating to the arrest (e.g used fake £20s in petrol station)
Please find the response to your request in the attached spreadsheet.
One arrest in 2016 and the details surrounding this have been considered exempt from disclosure. The exemption applicable is Section 30(1)(a) as the information relates to an ongoing investigation.
Section 30 is a class based qualified exemption which means that there is no requirement to evidence any harm that would be caused by disclosure but there is a need to consider the public interest in disclosure. Please find this below:
Public Interest Considerations:
Factors favouring disclosure
Disclosure of the requested information may go some way to promote trust in the police service demonstrating that the Constabulary robustly investigates offences of this nature.
Factors favouring non-disclosure
It is the National Police Chief Council’s approach that information relating to an investigation will rarely be disclosed under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act. As some of the information you seek relates to an ongoing investigation, disclosure of the details you have sought at this stage would prejudice and compromise the investigation. The right to a fair trial would also be undermined.
Suspects could employ measures to evade apprehension. This would result in potential damage to the service and the wider community as this would hinder the prevention or detection of crime, as such negatively affecting our ability to enforce the law and bring offenders to justice.
After weighing up the competing interests, I have determined that the disclosure of the above information would not be in the public interest. I believe the importance of the factors favouring non-disclosure outweigh those considerations favouring disclosure. At this time the potential harm outweighs any public benefit. There is no further tangible community benefit in complying with section 1(1)(b) of the Act at this time. In accordance with the Act, this letter represents a Refusal Notice for this part of your request.
FOI reference: 042/17.
Date of request: 10.01.17.