Callsigns

Patrick Breathen made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Cheshire Constabulary

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Gwrthodwyd y cais gan Cheshire Constabulary.

Dear Cheshire Constabulary,

I request that you provide me with the starting callsign identifier for all relevant divisions. For clarification:

LPU - BA
Firearms - ?
RPU - ?
CID - ?

Yours faithfully,

Patrick Breathen

Freedom of Information, Cheshire Constabulary

Dear Sir/Madam

I acknowledge receipt of your correspondence received 28/12/2020 which is
being dealt with as a request for information in accordance with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000.
I am in the process of dealing with your request and will respond in due
course and in any case by 26/01/2021.

Please note that you will not receive a response if you have previously
been issued with a notice under section 14 of the act relating to the
subject of this request.

Please contact us by email at [1][email address] if you
have any further enquiries.

Regards

The Requests Team
Information Compliance
Cheshire Constabulary HQ
Clemonds Hey
Oakmere Road
Winsford
Cheshire
CW7 2UA

Tel :: 01606 362384

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1 Atodiad

Dear P Breathen,

 

 

REQUEST

I request that you provide me with the starting callsign identifier for
all relevant divisions. For clarification:

LPU - BA

Firearms - ?

RPU - ?

CID - ?

 

RESPONSE

 

Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 requires the Cheshire
Constabulary, when refusing to provide such information (because the
information is exempt) to provide you with a notice which a) states that
fact, b) specifies the exemption in question and c) states (if that would
not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption applies:

 

 

In accordance with section 1(1) (b) of the Act, our response to your
request is as follows;

 

 

I can confirm that information requested is held however its disclosure is
exempt by virtue of the following exemption:

 

•           S31(1)(a)(b) - Law Enforcement

 

The above exemption is a prejudice based qualified exemption as such
there  is a requirement to articulate the harm that would be caused in
supplying  the information held as well as considering the public
interest.

 

 

Harm in providing the Information held

 

Knowing call signs for specific roles/vehicles/teams would allow 
individuals to speak on the policing network with a level of validity
that  could lead to major disruption to the force communications network
thereby  engaging s31(1)(a)(b) Law Enforcement.  Furthermore, it would
also encourage criminals to try and disrupt events involving these areas.

 

Intelligence led policing is an essential part of day to day policing 
overall.  Disclosure of this information may prejudice police activities 
and also has potential to reveal tactical information.  This information 
could be deemed valuable to criminals, in Serious and Organised Crime 
gangs including terrorists.

  

Public Safety is of paramount importance and the Police Service will not 
disclose information which would jeopardise the prevention of crime
and/or  the safety of individuals under any circumstances

 

 

Public Interest Considerations

 

Factors favouring supplying information held

 

Some members of the public may find it interesting to know call signs
therefore there may be some limited interest in disclosure.

 

Factors against supplying information held

 

Supplying this information could compromise law enforcement tactics which 
would lead to a hindrance on the Police Force's ability to prevent and 
detect crimes. Vulnerable areas could be identified by disclosure leading 
to more criminal activity placing the public in harm's way. If
information  is released this may impact police resources e.g. vulnerable
areas may  need to increase their resources to reassure the public and
protect the  surrounding community.

 

Balancing Test   

 

The public interest is not what interests a small amount of the public but
what will be of greater good if released to the community as a whole. The
points above highlight the merits of supplying the requested  information.
The Police Service is charged with enforcing the law,  preventing and
detecting crime and protecting the communities we serve. As part of that
policing purpose, information is gathered which can be highly sensitive
relating to high profile investigative activity.   Weakening the
mechanisms used to monitor any type of criminal activity,  would place the
security of the country at an increased level of danger. In addition
anything that places the public’s confidence  in the police  service at
risk, no matter how generic, would be likely to undermine any  trust or
confidence individuals have in the Police Service.

 

Therefore, at this moment in time, it is our opinion that for these
issues  the balance test favours not supplying the information referred to
above.

 

If you are not satisfied with the decision applied in this case I enclose 
for your attention a copy of the Constabulary's appeal procedures.

 

Regards

 

Lucy Taylor – Request Decision Maker

Cheshire Constabulary and Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service Joint Corporate
Services

Clemonds Hey | Oakmere Road | Winsford | Cheshire | CW7 2UA

Visit [1]www.cheshire.police.uk | [2]www.cheshirefire.gov.uk

Follow [3]@cheshirepolice and @CheshireFire on Twitter

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Dear Cheshire Constabulary,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Cheshire Constabulary's handling of my FOI request 'Callsigns'.

I do not fully understand the reasoning for withholding this information, as, a number of callsigns are published on TV shows, such as Cop Car Workshop, alongside a number of service Twitter accounts. In fact, on the TV show Cop Car Workshop, there is a zoomed-in frame of the CAD with a number of callsigns over it. If starting letters of callsigns really were so confidential then I do not understand how they are able to be located on these other platforms.

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

Yours faithfully,

Patrick Breathen

Freedom of Information, Cheshire Constabulary

Dear Sir/Madam

Thank you for your email dated in which you express dissatisfaction
with our response to your request under the Freedom of Information Act
2000.

In view of your comments your request has been forwarded to our
independent appeals/reviewing officer, who has been appointed by the
Authority. In accordance with our current policy, in line with
the guidance from the Information Commissioner we aim to provide
a response to you within 20 working days.

If you require any further information you may contact me, details below.

Regards

Freedom of Information Officer
Information Compliance
Cheshire Constabulary HQ
Clemonds Hey
Oakmere Road
Winsford
Cheshire
CW7 2UA

Tel :: 01606 366556

This communication is intended for the addressee(s) only. Please notify
the sender if received in error. Internet email is not to be treated as a
secure means of communication. The Constabulary monitors all Internet and
email activity and requires it is used for official communications only.
Thank you for your co-operation.

Dear Cheshire Constabulary,

I believe that this Internal Review is now overdue. Please update me on the status of this.

Yours faithfully,

Patrick Breathen

Requests, Cheshire Constabulary

2 Atodiad

Dear Mr P Breathen

 

I am writing in response your email requesting an independent appeal
against the decision made in relation to your request for information
under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  Please accept my apologies for
the delay in responding as your internal review due date was 23/02/2021. 

 

Your original request

I request that you provide me with the starting call sign identifier for
all relevant divisions. For clarification:

 

LPU - BA

Firearms - ?

RPU - ?

CID - ?

 

The Constabulary’s original response

 

Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 requires the Cheshire
Constabulary, when refusing to provide such information (because the
information is exempt) to provide you with a notice which a) states that
fact, b) specifies the exemption in question and c) states (if that would
not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption applies:

 

In accordance with section 1(1) (b) of the Act, our response to your
request is as follows;

 

I can confirm that information requested is held however its disclosure is
exempt by virtue of the following exemption:

 

•           S31(1)(a)(b) - Law Enforcement

 

The above exemption is a prejudice based qualified exemption as such
there  is a requirement to articulate the harm that would be caused in
supplying  the information held as well as considering the public
interest.

Harm in providing the Information held

 

Knowing call signs for specific roles/vehicles/teams would allow
individuals to speak on the policing network with a level of validity
that  could lead to major disruption to the force communications network
thereby  engaging s31(1)(a)(b) Law Enforcement.  Furthermore, it would
also encourage criminals to try and disrupt events involving these areas.

 

Intelligence led policing is an essential part of day to day policing
overall.  Disclosure of this information may prejudice police activities
and also has potential to reveal tactical information.  This information
could be deemed valuable to criminals, in Serious and Organised Crime
gangs including terrorists.

 

Public Safety is of paramount importance and the Police Service will not
disclose information which would jeopardise the prevention of crime
and/or  the safety of individuals under any circumstances.

Public Interest Considerations

Factors favouring supplying information held

 

Some members of the public may find it interesting to know call signs
therefore there may be some limited interest in disclosure.

 

Factors against supplying information held

 

Supplying this information could compromise law enforcement tactics which 
would lead to a hindrance on the Police Force's ability to prevent and
detect crimes. Vulnerable areas could be identified by disclosure leading
to more criminal activity placing the public in harm's way. If
information  is released this may impact police resources e.g. vulnerable
areas may  need to increase their resources to reassure the public and
protect the  surrounding community.

 

Balancing Test  

 

The public interest is not what interests a small amount of the public but
what will be of greater good if released to the community as a whole. The
points above highlight the merits of supplying the requested  information.
 The Police Service is charged with enforcing the law,  preventing and
detecting crime and protecting the communities we serve. As part of that
policing purpose, information is gathered which can be highly sensitive
relating to high profile investigative activity.   Weakening the
mechanisms used to monitor any type of criminal activity,  would place the
security of the country at an increased level of danger. In addition
anything that places the public’s confidence  in the police  service at
risk, no matter how generic, would be likely to undermine any  trust or
confidence individuals have in the Police Service.

Therefore, at this moment in time, it is our opinion that for these
issues  the balance test favours not supplying the information referred to
above.

 

Your request for an internal review/appeal

I am writing to request an internal review of Cheshire Constabulary's
handling of my FOI request 'Callsigns'.

 

I do not fully understand the reasoning for withholding this information,
as, a number of callsigns are published on TV shows, such as Cop Car
Workshop, alongside a number of service Twitter accounts. In fact, on the
TV show Cop Car Workshop, there is a zoomed-in frame of the CAD with a
number of callsigns over it. If starting letters of call signs really were
so confidential then I do not understand how they are able to be located
on these other platforms.

 

The Constabulary’s response to your appeal

 

The appeal process is to review the original request and the process
undertaken to achieve the disclosure. I can confirm that I have reviewed
your original request and the initial response sent to you and your
internal review has not been upheld.

 

Call signs change hands as new people occupy roles, should members of the
public gains access to these call signs they could imitate/infer
credibility, cause disruption to operational policing and prejudice the
prevention and detection of crime.  Knowing call signs in concert with
associated information would allow individuals to speak on the policing
network with a level of validity that could lead to major disruption to
the force communications network thereby engaging s31(1)(a)(b) Law
Enforcement.  Furthermore, it would also encourage criminals to try and
disrupt events involving these areas.

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, you have further recourse for
appeal, if required, to the Information Commissioner. Information can be
obtained about the appeal procedure from:

 

The Information Commissioner

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK8 5AF

 

Regards

 

Sarah Davies

Information Officer

Joint Corporate Services  | Cheshire Constabulary  | Police HQ | Clemonds
Hey | Winsford | Cheshire | CW7 2UA | Phone: 01606 366556 |  Email:
[1][email address]

Visit [2]www.cheshire.police.uk | Follow [3]@cheshirepolice on Twitter |
Like [4]Cheshire Police on Facebook

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This communication is intended for the addressee(s) only. Please notify
the sender if received in error. Internet email is not to be treated as a
secure means of communication. The Constabulary monitors all Internet and
email activity and requires it is used for official communications only.
Thank you for your co-operation.

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