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Dilip Patel made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Cheshire Constabulary

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Dear Cheshire Constabulary,

Please could I request the following information regarding all marked vehicles within your fleet;
- The Vehicle Make & Model
- The Registration Number
- The Role of the Vehicle (i.e. Dog Unit/Patrol/Traffic Unit)
- Station it is based at

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

Dilip Patel

Freedom of Information, Cheshire Constabulary

Dear Sir/Madam

I acknowledge receipt of your correspondence received 23/01/2018 which is
being dealt with as a request for information in accordance with the
Freedom of Informaiton Act 2000.
I am in the process of dealing with your request and will respond in due
course and in any case by 20/02/2018.

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

Regards

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

Tel :: 01606 366556

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Freedom of Information, Cheshire Constabulary

3 Atodiad

Dear Mr Patel

REQUEST

Please could I request the following information regarding all marked
vehicles within your fleet;

- The Vehicle Make & Model

- The Registration Number

- The Role of the Vehicle (i.e. Dog Unit/Patrol/Traffic Unit)

- Station it is based at

RESPONSE

 

With regards to the remainder of your request please see below;

 

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.

 

Some of the information is exempt by virtue of:

 

Section 31 (1) (a) Law Enforcement

 

Section 31 (1) is a prejudice based qualified exemption and therefore a
requirement to articulate the harm and public interest test. 

 

Overall Harm for Section 31

 

The request asks for a vehicles role in policing, location and details of
unmarked cars which are essential in the day to day role of policing
overall.  Disclosure of information about the normal location of a force's
marked police vehicles may prejudice police activities and also has
potential to reveal what resources are available for a given area as well
as potentially revealing detail of a discreet location.  Disclosure may
also reveal what resources are available for a given area and this
information could enable police strength to be determined and circumvented
by those intent on committing crime.  For example, the sector where one
vehicle is based may be evidence of a lack of cover in another area,
depending on total resources available.

 

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.

 

Considerations favouring release of the information

 

Disclosing this information would provide greater transparency in the law
enforcement process and the manner in which these vehicles are used.  It
is clear that there is a public interest in public authorities operating
in as transparent a manner as possible, as this should ensure they operate
effectively and efficiently.

 

Police officers need to be seen to be effectively enforcing the law.
Release of this information could go some way towards reassuring the
public that the police service has the ability and resources in place to
ensure the proper policing.

 

Considerations favouring withholding the information

 

The public interest will favour non-disclosure when the present or future
law enforcement role of the force may be compromised by the release of
information.

 

Releasing specifics of marked and unmarked vehicles would likely allow the
fact that a particular vehicle is used solely by firearms officers, and
being able to identify its present at (or absence from) a particular
location may be useful to those intent on criminal activity to avoid
detection and prosecution causing a greater risk to members of the public.

 

Where the present or future law enforcement role of the force may be
compromised by the release of information, then this is unlikely to be in
the interest of the public. In this case, for the reasons outlined above,
we believe providing detailed tactical information/resources that the
police forces use would likely hinder the prevention and detection of
crime.

 

Balancing Test

 

The Police Service is charged with enforcing the law, the prevention and
detection of crime and protecting the public.  Whilst there is a public
interest in the transparency of policing, the spending of public money
operations and providing assurance that the police service is
appropriately and effectively enforcing the law, there is a strong public
interest in safeguarding the safety of the public and police operations.

 

In considering the public interest in relation to this request I have
balanced the factors in relation to transparency and accountability
against the public interest in ensuring that Cheshire Constabulary are
able to appropriately enforce the law and protect the public.

 

For a public interest test, issues that favour release need to be measured
against issues that favour non-disclosure. The public interest is not what
interests the public, or a particular individual, but what will be the
greater good, if released, to the community as a whole.

 

We recognise that the public interest for disclosure could build
confidence in the community. However, while the public interest
considerations favouring disclosure are noted, this must be balanced with
the impact any release would have on the operational capability of the
police. Releasing specific tactics used to limit crime would compromise
law enforcement and increase the risk of injuries to the public.

 

Cheshire Constabulary will not disclose information that could compromise
the future law enforcement role of the force or cause harm to the public.
Therefore, it is our opinion that the balancing test favours
non-disclosure at this moment in time. 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Sarah Davies, Freedom of Information Officer

Information Compliance Cheshire Constabulary HQ | Clemonds Hey |

Oakmere Road | Winsford | Cheshire | CW7 2UA |

(Office: 01606 366556 | 

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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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