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Proactive responses

We are proactively publishing information that is in the public interest and is safe for us to disclose.

Dangerous dogs

Following several dog attacks in 2023, some of which caused serious injuries and death, we have seen an rise in the number of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests on this matter.

To satisfy high demand and reduce the amount of FOI requests, we will publish information on dangerous and out-of-control dogs sought by members of the public every six months.

Information on offences relating to dangerous dogs is held within our crime recording system and has been recorded since 2015.

Related documents

Searches by transgender employees of Avon and Somerset Police

Until recently, we were using the recommended National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) guidance on Searching by trans employees of the police force.

On 11 January 2024, the NPCC temporarily withdrew this guidance to allow for further consultation. The NPCC has advised forces to revert to their own search guidance in the interim.

Since our guidance was based on the NPCC guidance, we are urgently reviewing our position, including seeking legal advice.

In the interim, all searches are being carried out in line with the officer or staff member’s training and legal authority, taking into account our responsibilities under Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, and, where a person has been detained, as authorised by the Custody Sergeant.

This authorisation must take into consideration the response of the detainee and officers concerned to ensure any conflict is reduced or avoided, and searches are conducted safely and with dignity.

Related documents

  • CODE A, Annex A of PACE Code A
  • CODE C, Annex A of PACE Code C – Revised code of practice for the detention, treatment and questioning of persons by police officers

Further information

If you want more information, review our published Freedom of Information (FOI) requests or make an FOI request.

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