Dear Avon and Somerset Constabulary,

Please provide the number of police officers currently trained to the response/standard of emergency driving. Additionally, please specify the number of officers within their probationary period that are trained to response/standard level and whether this level of driving training is available to officers within their probationary period.

If possible, please include a copy of the driving policy.

Please also provide the number of officers trained in Taser across the force, and the number of those in their probationary period (if none, whether there are plans to extend Taser training to probationary officers).

Yours faithfully,

Arthur Coulter

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Arthur Coulter Our 192/21
<[FOI #726661 email]> Reference
Date 12
March
2021

 

Dear Mr Coulter

 

Re: Request for information dated 12^th February 2021 under the Freedom of
Information Act.

 

I write in connection with your above request where you asked as follows:-

 

Please provide the number of police officers currently trained to the
response/standard of emergency driving. Additionally, please specify the
number of officers within their probationary period that are trained to
response/standard level and whether this level of driving training is
available to officers within their probationary period.

 

If possible, please include a copy of the driving policy.

 

Please also provide the number of officers trained in Taser across the
force, and the number of those in their probationary period (if none,
whether there are plans to extend Taser training to probationary
officers).

 

Our response:

 

We currently have 786 staff trained to standard/response level driver
training.

The information is not broken down to provide separate figure for those
probationary constables. Allocation of courses is a management decision
based upon business need, there is no specific policy preventing a
probationary constable from this training.

 

The procedural guidance for driver authorisation is attached.

 

Please note that the guidance contains some redactions. In assessing
whether employees have a reasonable expectation that their names will not
be disclosed, their level of seniority and responsibility has been
considered, therefore you will see some names have been removed, whilst
others have remained.

 

The exemption applicable to this is Section 40(2), third party personal
information.

 

This is an Absolute exemption so therefore there is no requirement to
conduct a harm or public interest test. Any information is exempt from
disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act if it relates to or is
supplied by another individual and disclosure of that information would
contravene any of the principles the principles set out in:

 

(a) Article 5(1) of the GDPR, and

(b) section 34(1) of the Data Protection Act 2018;

 

We currently have 649 officers Trained in Taser X2 across the Force. None
of those officers are in their probation.

 

One of the Pre-requisites set out by the College of Policing is ‘The
officer is confirmed in their rank’

 

No information is held concerning any intentions to extend training to
probationers.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Rebecca Pritchard

Force Freedom of Information Officer

 

Mail: Freedom of Information, Legal Services Directorate, Avon and
Somerset Constabulary, Force HQ, PO Box 37, Valley Road, Portishead,
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