Dear Surrey Police,

I would like to request a fleet list with the following information on the current fleet for this force.

Vehicle Fleet of Marked Resources:
----------------------------------------------------------
- Vehicle Model & Make
- Vehicle Year (e.g. 2016, 2017)
- Registration Number / Registration Plate
- Role of the Vehicle (e.g. Area Car, Prisoner Transport)
- Division the Vehicle is part of (e.g. Local Policing, Roads Policing)
- Station Vehicle is Based at
- Roof Code/Aerial Code (e.g. 01 TXG)

Vehicle Fleet of Unmarked Resources:
----------------------------------------------------------
- Vehicle Model & Make
- Vehicle Year (e.g. 2016, 2017)
- Division the Vehicle is part of (e.g. Local Policing, Roads Policing)

Yours faithfully,
Alex Bonser

!Freedom of Information (Surrey), Surrey Police

Dear ALEX BONSER,

Freedom of Information: 000257/20

I write to acknowledge receipt of your FOI request which has been recorded
under the above reference number.

We will send you a response within 20 working days.

Yours Sincerely,

Alan Bayless
Information Access Team
Surrey Police
Telephone 01483 630007

!Freedom of Information (Surrey), Surrey Police

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Dear ALEX BONSER,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST REFERENCE: 000257/20

I write in connection with your request for information received on
received 16/01/2020.

You had asked:

I would like to request a fleet list with the following information on the
current fleet for this force. Vehicle Fleet of Marked Resources:
---------------------------------------------------------- - Vehicle Model
& Make - Vehicle Year (e.g. 2016, 2017) - Registration Number /
Registration Plate - Role of the Vehicle (e.g. Area Car, Prisoner
Transport) - Division the Vehicle is part of (e.g. Local Policing, Roads
Policing) - Station Vehicle is Based at - Roof Code/Aerial Code (e.g. 01
TXG) Vehicle Fleet of Unmarked Resources:
---------------------------------------------------------- - Vehicle Model
& Make - Vehicle Year (e.g. 2016, 2017) - Division the Vehicle is part of
(e.g. Local Policing, Roads Policing)

Response:

 

Section 1 of the Freedom of information Act 2000 (FOIA) places two duties
on public authorities.  Unless exemptions apply, the first duty at
s1(1)(a) is to confirm or deny whether the information specified within a
request is held.  The second duty at s1(1)(b) is to disclose information
that has been confirmed as being held.  Where exemptions are relied upon
Section 17 of the FOIA requires that we provide the applicant with a
notice which: a) states that fact, b) specifies the exemption(s) in
question and c) state (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the
exemption applies.

 

The information that you have requested is held by Surrey Police.  Our
response is contained in the attached spreadsheet. It should be noted; our
fleet department is a joint unit with Sussex Police. As a result a
significant proportion of the unmarked (no registration number supplied)
vehicles listed in the document may be based in Sussex as the base
location is not specifically recorded.

 

Please note that we are not obliged to provide the details of some
specialist / covert vehicles (which have been excluded from the
attachment) as the duty in s1(1)(b) of FOIA does not apply by virtue of
the following exemption:

 

·       Section 31(1)(a)(b) – Law Enforcement

 

Section 31 is a qualified prejudice-based exemption, and there is a
requirement to articulate the harm that would be caused in disclosure, as
well as conducting a public interest test.

 

Harm for S31

 

Disclosure of unmarked vehicles used in certain specialised roles would
mean that they could then be identified compromising the effectiveness of
covert operations by alerting individuals involved in criminal activity
that there is a police presence.  This would allow them to take steps to
avoid detection.

 

Public Interest Test

 

Factors Favouring Disclosure 

 

Disclosure of this information would inform the public of precisely which
vehicles their money is being spent on, so that they can be satisfied that
it is being used efficiently.

 

Factors Favouring Non-Disclosure 

 

It is known by the public that police forces use unmarked covert vehicles,
however to reveal the number or location of covert vehicles together with
a breakdown of details would reveal tactical resources available to the
force, and would undermine any ongoing covert investigations. Moreover,
offenders would be aware of covert surveillance vehicles and could take
evasive action to avoid detection.

 

BALANCE TEST 

 

The Police service is charged with enforcing the law, preventing and
detecting crime and protecting the communities we serve.  Whilst there is
a public interest in the transparency of public funds, and providing
assurance that Surrey Police is appropriately engaging with the threat
posed from crime, there is a very strong public interest in safeguarding
the integrity of Police investigations and operations.  Any information
identifying the focus of policing activity could be used to the advantage
of terrorists or criminal organisations.  Information that undermines the
operational integrity of these activities will adversely affect public
safety and have a negative impact on both National Security and Law
Enforcement.  Therefore, it is for these reasons that the balance must
favour non-disclosure of such vehicles.  

 

In accordance with section 17 of FOIA, this letter represents a Refusal
Notice for this part of your request.

Surrey Police provides you the right to request a re-examination of your
case under its review procedure. How to do this is set out in the attached
Appeals Notice. Having followed the full procedure, if you are still
dissatisfied, then you have the right to direct your comments to the
Information Commissioner who will give your case consideration.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in
Surrey Police. Should you have any further enquiries concerning this
matter, please write or contact us on 01483 - 630007 quoting the reference
number above.

Yours Sincerely,

Alan Bayless
Information Access Team
Surrey Police
Telephone 01483 630007