Action on information from the public

Paul Hughes made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Strathclyde Police

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

Gwrthodwyd y cais gan Strathclyde Police.

Dear Strathclyde Police,

Freedom of Information request.

Can you confirm that information received by Strathclyde Police from a concerned member of the public in Glasgow during June 2010 led to the launch of Operation Tharsley in 2012.

Yours faithfully,

P. Hughes.

Mr Hughes

This request has already been sent to our Force by yourself on 20 August
2012 and an acknowledgement email sent to you on 22 August 2012 by my
colleague Nicola Blackwood. A response will be sent to you by 17
September 2012 unless otherwise notified. The reference number is
0612/12.

As a result of the force already having this request from you, the new
request below (which is a repeat of previous) will be disregarded.

I would be obliged if you could inform us of which contact email address
you wish the response to be sent to.

Kind Regards
Colette McFarlane
Freedom of Information Officer

Information Management (Freedom of Information), Force HQ, 173 Pitt
Street, Glasgow. G2 4JS

0141 435 1204
704-1204 - INT
0141 435 1218 - FAX

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Dear Colette,

Thank you for your response. Can I suggest that you respond to the request via this site as it is a public information site.

Yours sincerely,

P Hughes

Mr Hughes

No problem, a response will be with you in due course.

Kind Regards
Colette McFarlane
Freedom of Information Officer

Information Management (Freedom of Information), Force HQ, 173 Pitt
Street, Glasgow. G2 4JS

0141 435 1204
704-1204 - INT
0141 435 1218 - FAX

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Gadawodd Paul Hughes anodiad ()

Received a response from Strathclyde Police today (18 September 2012) refusing to confirm whether the requested information was held by them or not and informing me that it would be exempt from disclosure under FOI even if they did. They responded directly to my e-mail address rather than to this site as requested.

Dear Strathclyde Police,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Strathclyde Police's handling of my FOI request 'Action on information from the public'.

I do not believe that the requested information is exempt under the terms of FOI since it does not require the revelation of personal details of anyone, member of the public or of the police service, nor does it require the revelation of any operational or procedural matters. The request merely wishes confirmation that information offered by a concerned citizen of Glasgow led to the launch of Operation Tharsley: there is no requirement to reveal the location or area of the city that this information came from, nor is there any request to reveal the nature of the information passed to the police or the means by which it was received.

I find your refusal to reveal this information baffling, given the response that a Strathclyde Police Media Manager gave to Steven Raeburn following repeated attempts to discover his own source of information in The Firm Legal Magazine. I quote:

You see, the practice of applying pressure to seek sources from journalists is evidently routine, something the media manager was prepared to confirm in writing by way of email follow up.

“I am writing to request that you confirm where the comments attributed to John McSporran came from. I deal with journalists every day and most will be good enough to confirm where they have got their information in order that we can answer their enquiry as accurately as possible,” a subsequent email read.

“I would reiterate it is normal practice for us to ask journalists where they have got their information from. They are not obliged to tell us however most usually do in order to assist us in answering their questions and confirming or otherwise if that information is in fact correct or incorrect.”

Please review your decision.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/ac...

Yours faithfully,

Paul Hughes

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Good Morning.

Please see the attached.  Please accept my apologies for not responding to
this site.

        

Regards

Lorna Grieve
Freedom of Information Officer
Strathclyde Police
Force Disclosure Unit
173 Pitt Street
Glasgow
G2 4JS
Tel No: 0141 435 1262
Fax No: 0141 435 1218
E-Mail: [email address]

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<<Response Letter.pdf>>

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INFO would like to recall the message, "FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST -
0612/2012".

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Sir

Please find attached a review acknowledgement.

Kind regards

Andrew McCulloch
Freedom of Information Officer
Strathclyde Police
173 Pitt Street
Glasgow
G2 4JS

0141 435 1217
(704)1217

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Dear INFO,

As you will be aware, you are out of time with respect to the response to my request. Can you respond in the next few days, or shall I request the Information Commissioner to review my request?

Yours sincerely,

Paul Hughes

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Mr Hughes

Thank you for your e-mail the contents of which I have noted. A
internal review of your request was carried out on 10 October 2012 and a
review response letter should have been sent to you on 11 October 2012,
however, on checking our systems it would appear that there was a
breakdown in communication between the review panel and this department
and it would now appear that this letter was not sent.

I can only apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused and now
enclose a copy of the review response letter.

Kind Regards

Lorna Grieve
Freedom of Information Officer
Strathclyde Police

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