Dear Hong Kong Police Force Wan Chai District,

Can you please provide data on arrest statistics of refugees (non-refoulement claimants). Specifically I would like the most complete yearly statistics of non-refoulement claimant arrests from your district for every full year you have data going back to 2005, plus total arrest statistics from the same time period to put it into context. If you have a breakdown of prosecution and conviction rates that would be useful too.

On top of total numbers, if you have the nationalities of the refugees arrested please provide that information. I’m happy to take digital files if that’s easier, but please attach PDFs as I can't view information in tabular form in the email .

Yours faithfully,

Scott Edmunds

Hong Kong Police Force Wan Chai District

Dear Mr Scott Edmunds,

Thank you for your email dated 2016-09-08 requesting information on the
arrest statistics concerning refugees from Wanchai District back to 2005.

We are looking into this matter and will reply to you as soon as possible
with reference to the Code of Access to Information. Thank you.

Regards,

Kelly WONG
DEO WCHDIST
Tel: 3660 7509
Fax: 2507 2020

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Scott Edmunds <[FOI #102 email]>
To:
FOI requests at Hong Kong Police Force Wan Chai District
<[Hong Kong Police Force Wan Chai District request email]>
2016-09-08 11:16
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Reference:
Freedom of Information request - Refugee crime statistics for Wan Chai
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Dear Hong Kong Police Force Wan Chai District,

Can you please provide data on arrest statistics of refugees
(non-refoulement claimants). Specifically I would like the most complete
yearly statistics of non-refoulement claimant arrests from your district
for every full year you have data going back to 2005, plus total arrest
statistics from the same time period to put it into context. If you have a
breakdown of prosecution and conviction rates that would be useful too.

On top of total numbers, if you have the nationalities of the refugees
arrested please provide that information. I’m happy to take digital files
if that’s easier, but please attach PDFs as I can't view information in
tabular form in the email .

Yours faithfully,

Scott Edmunds

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Hong Kong Police Force Wan Chai District

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Dear Mr Scott Edmunds,

Further to our interim reply dated 2016-09-15, the reply to your request is
provided below.

Brief Background on "Non-refoulement Claimants"

The noticeable increase of Non-ethnic Chinese arriving / entering Hong Kong
legally or illegally seeking "Non-refoulement Claims" has become a matter
of concern to law enforcement agencies in the territory.

Subsequent to their legal or illegal arrival / entry in Hong Kong, these
Non-ethnic Chinese may, out of their volition, make "Non-refoulement
Claims" to the Immigration Department. During the screening process, the
Immigration Department will issue the claimants with a "Form 8" and release
them on recognizance, pending the results of their claims.

"Form 8" holders involved or in connection with various criminal activities
in Hong Kong will be arrested.

Arrest Statistics as Requested

Please see the attached statistics of "Form 8" holders allegedly involved
in criminal activities and arrested in Wanchai District in 2016 (breakdown
in months).

(See attached file: Arrest statistics.pdf)

We do not have the requested statistics for the year 2015 and before that.

Regards,

Kelly WONG
District Executive Officer, Wan Chai District
Hong Kong Police Force

Tel: 3660 7509
Fax: 2507 2020

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Dear Hong Kong Police Force Wan Chai District,

Thanks for getting back to me. The additional background you provide wasn’t asked for, but as you can only give me a snapshot of the data 2016 how can anyone independently verify if this is indeed an "increasing trend"? Can you show me the evidence that this statement is based upon? I am a scientist, and in my training that anecdote or saying something is noticeable is meaningless without quantifying this or statistical evidence to back this statement up.

Can you therefore provide me with arrest data from every full year you have from 2005-2015? Both for form 8 holders and overall statistics of all arrests to put this into context. If you don’t have this data I hereby request that you provide the exact reasons on the nature and cause of the absence of these important records. For example, if these records are "not available", is this due to fire, flood, loss, theft or departmental negligence? Other police districts are collecting and sharing this data, so I would like to know the reason why Wan Chai has less data? If this data has been passed on to another department then please let me know which department has it.

If you cannot provide me with good reason why this data cannot be provided to me by your department, I will have to take this case to higher authorities.

Yours faithfully,

Scott Edmunds, PhD

Hong Kong Police Force Wan Chai District

Dear Mr Scott Edmunds,

I refer to your email dated 4 October 2016 on the captioned subject. We
are preparing the reply and will get back to you in due course. Thank you.

Regards,

Kelly WONG
District Executive Officer, Wan Chai District
Hong Kong Police Force

Tel: 3660 7509
Fax: 2507 2020

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Scott Edmunds <[FOI #102 email]>
To:
FOI requests at Hong Kong Police Force Wan Chai District
<[Hong Kong Police Force Wan Chai District request email]>
2016-10-04 18:06
Cc:

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| ( ) w/ CONFIDENTIAL Attachment |
| ( ) RESTRICTED |
| ( ) Unclassified |
|--------------------------------|
Subject:

Reference:
Internal review of Freedom of Information request - Refugee crime
statistics for Wan Chai District
|----------------|
| [ ] GR to file |
|----------------|

Dear Hong Kong Police Force Wan Chai District,

Thanks for getting back to me. The additional background you provide wasn’t
asked for, but as you can only give me a snapshot of the data 2016 how can
anyone independently verify if this is indeed an "increasing trend"? Can
you show me the evidence that this statement is based upon? I am a
scientist, and in my training that anecdote or saying something is
noticeable is meaningless without quantifying this or statistical evidence
to back this statement up.

Can you therefore provide me with arrest data from every full year you have
from 2005-2015? Both for form 8 holders and overall statistics of all
arrests to put this into context. If you don’t have this data I hereby
request that you provide the exact reasons on the nature and cause of the
absence of these important records. For example, if these records are "not
available", is this due to fire, flood, loss, theft or departmental
negligence? Other police districts are collecting and sharing this data,
so I would like to know the reason why Wan Chai has less data? If this data
has been passed on to another department then please let me know which
department has it.

If you cannot provide me with good reason why this data cannot be provided
to me by your department, I will have to take this case to higher
authorities.

Yours faithfully,

Scott Edmunds, PhD

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Hong Kong Police Force Wan Chai District

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Dear Mr Scott Edmunds,

Thank you for the email.

With reference to paragraph 1.14 of the Code on Access to Information (page
3 of the English version), the Code does not oblige departments to create a
record which does not exist. The Code (bilingual in Chinese language and
followed by English) is also attached for easy reference.

http://www.access.gov.hk/filemanager/con...

In the context of Police Wan Chai District, we have only the arrest figures
related to "Form 8" holders that we started to collate from January 2016.
The statistics of Form 8 holders being arrested in Wanchai District for
different offences are not available before the year 2016.

For the overall arrest statistics in Wan Chai District, please see the
table below (with the figures for "Form 8" holders released in my email
earlier).

(See attached file: Statistics.pdf)

Regards,

Kelly WONG
DEO WCHDIST
Tel: 3660 7509
Fax: 2507 2020

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deo-wchdist/WCHDIST/STATION/POLICE/HKSARG
To:
Scott Edmunds <[FOI #102 email]>
2016-10-17 14:34
Cc:

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Subject:

Reference:
Re: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - Refugee crime
statistics for Wan Chai District
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Dear Mr Scott Edmunds,

I refer to your email dated 4 October 2016 on the captioned subject. We
are preparing the reply and will get back to you in due course. Thank you.

Regards,

Kelly WONG
District Executive Officer, Wan Chai District
Hong Kong Police Force

Tel: 3660 7509
Fax: 2507 2020

*** This e-mail message (together with any attachments) is for the
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of the message is strictly prohibited. If you have received the message in
error, please erase all copies of the message (including attachments) from
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Scott Edmunds <[FOI #102 email]>
To:
FOI requests at Hong Kong Police Force Wan Chai District
<[Hong Kong Police Force Wan Chai District request email]>
2016-10-04 18:06
Cc:

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| ( ) w/ CONFIDENTIAL Attachment |
| ( ) RESTRICTED |
| ( ) Unclassified |
|--------------------------------|
Subject:

Reference:
Internal review of Freedom of Information request - Refugee crime
statistics for Wan Chai District
|----------------|
| [ ] GR to file |
|----------------|

Dear Hong Kong Police Force Wan Chai District,

Thanks for getting back to me. The additional background you provide wasn’t
asked for, but as you can only give me a snapshot of the data 2016 how can
anyone independently verify if this is indeed an "increasing trend"? Can
you show me the evidence that this statement is based upon? I am a
scientist, and in my training that anecdote or saying something is
noticeable is meaningless without quantifying this or statistical evidence
to back this statement up.

Can you therefore provide me with arrest data from every full year you have
from 2005-2015? Both for form 8 holders and overall statistics of all
arrests to put this into context. If you don’t have this data I hereby
request that you provide the exact reasons on the nature and cause of the
absence of these important records. For example, if these records are "not
available", is this due to fire, flood, loss, theft or departmental
negligence? Other police districts are collecting and sharing this data,
so I would like to know the reason why Wan Chai has less data? If this data
has been passed on to another department then please let me know which
department has it.

If you cannot provide me with good reason why this data cannot be provided
to me by your department, I will have to take this case to higher
authorities.

Yours faithfully,

Scott Edmunds, PhD

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Dear Hong Kong Police Force Wan Chai District,

Thanks for clarifying. If you didn't collect Form 8 data before 2016 then do you have arrest statistics for any overlapping groups such as non refoulement claimants, non-ethnic Chinese, NECIIs, etc.? Can you also provide overall (everyone, including these groups) arrest statistics from 2005-2015?

Yours faithfully,

Scott Edmunds

Hong Kong Police Force Wan Chai District

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Dear Mr Scott Edmunds,

Thanks for your email dated 27 October 2016.

May I clarify with you whether you are asking for a (one) group comprising
non refoulement claimants, non-ethnic Chinese & NECIIs? Grateful for your
advice so that we can follow up.

For the overall crime arrest statistics from year 2005 to 2015, please see
the attached proforma.

(See attached file: AP arrests in WCHDIST 2005-2015.xls)

Regards,

Kelly WONG
District Executive Officer, Wan Chai District
Hong Kong Police Force

Tel: 3660 7509
Fax: 2507 2020

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If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any
use, retention, disclosure, copying, printing, forwarding or dissemination
of the message is strictly prohibited. If you have received the message in
error, please erase all copies of the message (including attachments) from
your system and notify the sender immediately. ***

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Scott Edmunds <[索取資料要求 #102 電郵]>
To:
FOI requests at Hong Kong Police Force Wan Chai District
<[香港警務處
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2016-10-27 16:00
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Subject:

Reference:
Re: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - Refugee crime
statistics for Wan Chai District
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| [ ] GR to file |
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Dear Hong Kong Police Force Wan Chai District,

Thanks for clarifying. If you didn't collect Form 8 data before 2016 then
do you have arrest statistics for any overlapping groups such as non
refoulement claimants, non-ethnic Chinese, NECIIs, etc.? Can you also
provide overall (everyone, including these groups) arrest statistics from
2005-2015?

Yours faithfully,

Scott Edmunds

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Dear Hong Kong Police Force Wan Chai District,

Thanks for the overall arrest data. To clarify, can I have whatever arrest data you have - separated out rather than combined - for non refoulement claimants, non-ethnic Chinese or NECIIs. I would like to know what you have and have been collecting in terms of arrest data from however far back you've been collecting it from 2005 to present.

Do you also have arrest statistics for people on foreign domestic helper visas for this time period, and breakdowns on what type of crimes these were for that would also be helpful.

Yours faithfully,

Scott Edmunds

Hong Kong Police Force Wan Chai District

Dear Mr Scott Edmunds,

Thank you for the clarification.

We apologize that in the context of Police Wan Chai District, we do not
have the arrest figures related to the stated groups.

Please let us know if we can assist further.

Regards,

Kelly WONG
District Executive Officer, Wan Chai District
Hong Kong Police Force

Tel: 3660 7509
Fax: 2507 2020

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of the message is strictly prohibited. If you have received the message in
error, please erase all copies of the message (including attachments) from
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Scott Edmunds <[FOI #102 email]>
To:
FOI requests at Hong Kong Police Force Wan Chai District
<[Hong Kong Police Force Wan Chai District request email]>
2016-11-11 13:39
Cc:

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| ( ) w/ CONFIDENTIAL Attachment |
| ( ) RESTRICTED |
| ( ) Unclassified |
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Subject:

Reference:
Re: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - Refugee crime
statistics for Wan Chai District
|----------------|
| [ ] GR to file |
|----------------|

Dear Hong Kong Police Force Wan Chai District,

Thanks for the overall arrest data. To clarify, can I have whatever arrest
data you have - separated out rather than combined - for non refoulement
claimants, non-ethnic Chinese or NECIIs. I would like to know what you have
and have been collecting in terms of arrest data from however far back
you've been collecting it from 2005 to present.

Do you also have arrest statistics for people on foreign domestic helper
visas for this time period, and breakdowns on what type of crimes these
were for that would also be helpful.

Yours faithfully,

Scott Edmunds

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