Compensation for wrongful arrest

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Dear Sir or Madam,

Please could you tell me how many cases of compensation you have settled in each of the last three financial years (06/07), (07/08) and (08/09) where a payment has been made to an individual who as all or part of his or her claim has alleged wrongful arrest? What was the total value of the compensation payouts in relation to these cases in each of the three financial years?

Yours faithfully,

N Newson

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear N Newson

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2009050001786
I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 10/05/2009. I note you seek
access to the following information:

* "Please could you tell me how many cases of compensation you have
settled in each of the last three financial years (06/07), (07/08) and
(08/09) where a payment has been made to an individual who as all or
part of his or her claim has alleged wrongful arrest?"
* "What was the total value of the compensation payouts in relation to
these cases in each of the three financial years?"

Your request will now be considered in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (the Act). You will receive a response within
the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act,
subject to the information not being exempt or containing a reference
to a third party. In some circumstances the MPS may be unable to
achieve this deadline. If this is likely you will be informed and
given a revised time-scale at the earliest opportunity.

Some requests may also require either full or partial transference to
another public authority in order to answer your query in the fullest
possible way. Again, you will be informed if this is the case.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Your attention is drawn to the attached sheet, which details your
right of complaint.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
contact me by email, quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Katie London
Support Officer
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to have the decision reviewed.

Complaints should be made in writing and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Public Access Office
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
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The Information Commissioner

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Commissioner for a decision on whether the request for information has
been dealt with in accordance with the requirements of the Act.

For information on how to make application to the Information
Commissioner please visit their website at
www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk. Alternatively, phone or write to:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone: 01625 545 700

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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

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Dear Mr Newson,

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2009050001786

I write in response to your request for information which was received by
the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 10/05/2009. I note that you seek
access to the following information:

* Please could you tell me how many cases of compensation you have
settled in each of the last three financial years (06/07), (07/08) and
(08/09) where a payment has been made to an individual who as all or
part of his or her claim has alleged wrongful arrest? What was the
total value of the compensation payouts in relation to these cases in
each of the three financial years?

Following receipt of your request searches were conducted within the
MPS to locate information relevant to your request.

EXTENT OF SEARCHES TO LOCATE INFORMATION

To locate information relevant to your request, searches were
conducted at the Directorate of Legal Services (DLS).

DECISION

This email is to inform you that it will not be possible to respond to
your request within the cost threshold for responding to Freedom of
Information Act requests.

REASONS FOR DECISION

The MPS is unable to provide you with the number of cases where a
payment of compensation was issued in settlement where an allegation
of wrongful arrest was made . Whilst this information is held by the
MPS, it is not possible to provide an answer to your request within
the cost limit set out by the Freedom of Information and Data
Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004.

Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and
Fees) Regulations 2004
http://www.opsi.gov.uk/SI/si2004/2004324...

The MPS do not categorise cases where compensation is paid in
settlement by specific allegation types such as wrongful arrest. In
order to accurately answer your request, a member of staff would be
required to recall and examine a considerable number of files in order
to research the answer to your question. Having considered your
request, I have estimated that the time required to collate this
information in order to provide an accurate answer to your request,
would exceed the appropriate limit. The appropriate limit has been
specified by the Freedom of Information and Data Protection
(Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004 as **450.00. This
represents the estimated cost of one person spending 18 hours (at a
rate of **25 per hour) locating, retrieving and extracting the
information. Under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000,
a public authority is not obliged to comply with a request for
information if the authority estimates that the cost of complying with
that request would exceed the appropriate limit. I regret, therefore,
that I am unable to provide you with this information.
Please note that the decision to settle a case does not necessarily
imply that the officers involved in the incident have done something
wrong. Each case is considered on its merits and various factors will
be taken into account before the decision to settle a case is taken.
These may include the following :-

* whether or not the original documentation relating to the
incident is still in existence.
* whether the officer involved can remember the details of the
incident. This can occur due to the passage of time that may
elapse between an incident and litigation and the number of
similar incidents an officer attends during the course of their
daily duties.
* whether the officer involved in the case is still employed by the
MPS and if not, whether they can be traced. This may not be
possible if the officer has retired/resigned since the date of
the incident and/or is no longer resident in the UK.
* Whether, given the circumstances of the particular case, the
public interest is best served by negotiating a settlement rather
than defending the case at considerable cost to the taxpayer.

In order to assist, I have attached the Commissioners Annual Report
2008-09 which provides details of the number of cases settled and the
total settlement amounts in the last 3 financial years.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

If you are dissatisfied with this response please read the attached
paper entitled Complaint Rights which explains how to make a
complaint.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
contact me on 0207 2305192 or at the address at the top of this
letter, quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Lynn Howe
Case Worker

In complying with their statutory duty under sections 1 and 11 of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 to release the enclosed information,
the Metropolitan Police Service will not breach the Copyright, Designs
and Patents Act 1988. However, the rights of the copyright owner of
the enclosed information will continue to be protected by law.
Applications for the copyright owner's written permission to
reproduce any part of the attached information should be addressed to
MPS Directorate of Legal Services, 1st Floor (Victoria Block), New
Scotland Yard, Victoria, London, SW1H 0BG.
COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Are you unhappy with how your request has been handled or do you think
the decision is incorrect?

You have the right to require the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to
review their decision.

Prior to lodging a formal complaint you are welcome and encouraged to
discuss the decision with the case officer that dealt with your
request.

Ask to have the decision looked at again ***

The quickest and easiest way to have the decision looked at again is
to telephone the case officer that is nominated at the end of your
decision letter.

That person will be able to discuss the decision, explain any issues
and assist with any problems.

Complaint

If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision
of the MPS made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act)
regarding access to information you can lodge a complaint with the MPS
to have the decision reviewed.

Complaints should be made in writing and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Public Access Office
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 40 working days.
The Information Commissioner

After lodging a complaint with the MPS if you are still dissatisfied
with the decision you may make application to the Information
Commissioner for a decision on whether the request for information has
been dealt with in accordance with the requirements of the Act.

For information on how to make application to the Information
Commissioner please visit their website at
www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk. Alternatively, phone or write to:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone: 01625 545 700

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Gadawodd David Mery anodiad ()

The full 'MPA/MPS Policing London Annual Report 2008/09' is published as Appendix 1 linked on the right of
http://www.mpa.gov.uk/committees/mpa/200...
(It includes a table of allegations recorded by allegation type.)

'The role and work of the Directorate of Legal Services (DLS)' was discussed at the last MPA meeting:
http://www.mpa.gov.uk/committees/sop/200...

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