Dear West Mercia Police,

I would like to make a request for a full fleet list.
This needs to contain:
Number plate
Division - Local Policing, FIREARMS, ROADS POLICING AND/OR CID
Vehicle make and model
Year introduced to the force
If still active in service
Could this be in a .XLSX file for Microsoft Excel

I also would like to know Call signs for Firearms and Roads POlicing and Local POlicing

Yours faithfully,

Harvey Johnson

Information Compliance, West Mercia Police

Dear Mr Johnson

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 
64091                                                      

 

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
on 11^th March 2021.  Your request will now be considered in accordance
with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“the Act”).

 

We will aim to provide a response to your request within 20 working days
as stipulated by the Act.  Please note that there may be unavoidable
delays when making information rights requests during the COVID-19
pandemic.  We are triaging and addressing requests in the following
order:  Subject access and then FOI requests.   Every effort will be made
to meet our statutory timescales for responding.  Thank you for your
understanding.

 

There may be a fee payable for the retrieval, collation and provision of
the information you request.  If this is the case you will be informed and
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from you.  If you chose not to make payment then your request will be
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Some requests may also require either full or partial transference to
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possible way.  Again, you will be informed if this is the case.

 

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
contact the Information Compliance Unit quoting the reference number
above.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Sue Cale

Information Compliance Assistant | Information Compliance Unit  | West
Mercia Police

Hindlip Hall Police Headquarters, Hindlip Hall, Worcester, WR3 8SP
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Team email: [1][email address]

 

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Dear Information Compliance,

Hello Fellas.

I am still awaiting a response on this. I was told that I would get a response by 12 April 2021. As you can see it's now the 13th. This is such a disappointment and I look forward to your response.

Yours sincerely,

Harvey Johnson

Information Compliance, West Mercia Police

Dear  Mr Johnson

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO:  64091

 

With reference to your request for information which was received on 11^th
March 2021.

 

I apologise for the delay in responding to your FOI request and for any
inconvenience caused.  Every effort is being made to process requests
within statutory deadlines but due to current circumstances delays have on
occasion been unavoidable.  We will provide you with a response to your
request as soon as is practicable.

 

Please advise us if you no longer require this information.

 

Your complaint rights are outlined below should you be unsatisfied.

 

If you have any further queries concerning this matter, please contact the
Information Compliance Unit quoting the reference number above.

 

Kind regards

 

Sue Cale
Information Compliance Assistant | Information Compliance Unit  | West
Mercia Police

 

 

West Mercia Police in complying with their statutory duty under sections 1
and 11 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to release the enclosed
information 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 The Force Solicitor, West Mercia Police
Headquarters, PO Box 55, Hindlip, Worcester, WR3 8SP.

 

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 West Mercia Police
(WMP) to review their decision.

 

Prior to lodging a formal complaint you are welcome and encouraged to
discuss the decision with the person 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 person named 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
WMP made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding
access to information, you can lodge a complaint with WMP to have the
decision reviewed.  WMP must be notified of your intention to complain
within 20 working days of the date of its response to your Freedom of
Information request.  Complaints should be made in writing and addressed
to:

 

Information Compliance Unit

West Mercia Police Headquarters

PO Box 55

Hindlip Hall

Hindlip

Worcester

WR3 8SP

 

Alternatively, you can email [1][West Mercia Police request email]

 

In all possible circumstances, WMP will aim to respond to your complaint
within 20 working days.

 

The Information Commissioner

 

If after lodging a complaint with WMP you are still dissatisfied with the
decision, you may make application to the Information Commissioner (ICO)
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 [2]website.  Alternatively, you can contact the ICO in
writing or via phone:

 

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

Tel:  0303 123 1113 (local rate) or 01625 545745 (national rate)

Fax:  01625 524 510

 

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Please be aware that all information provided to West Mercia Police will
be held and treated in confidence in accordance with the Data Protection
Act 2018. It may be shared with other Force departments. Personal
information may also be used for statistical purposes, for fraud and crime
prevention and may be checked with/disclosed to regulatory bodies. The
information provided may be held electronically and/or in paper form and
will be kept secure at all times. Your personal data will be processed for
the performance of tasks carried out in the public interest or in the
exercise of the Police’s official authority and to comply with legal
obligations. 

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Information Compliance, West Mercia Police

1 Atodiad

Dear Mr Johnson

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 64091

 

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
on  11^th March 2021. Please accept my apologies for the delay in
responding, below is the response to your request:

 

I would like to make a request for a full fleet list.

 

This needs to contain:

 

Number plate

Division - Local Policing, FIREARMS, ROADS POLICING AND/OR CID Vehicle
make and model Year introduced to the force If still active in service
Could this be in a .XLSX file for Microsoft Excel

 

I also would like to know Call signs for Firearms and Roads Policing and
Local Policing

 

 

Reply:-

Section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 places two duties on
public authorities. Unless exemptions apply, the first duty at section 1
(1) (a) is to confirm or deny whether the information specified in a
request is held. The second duty at section 1(1) (b) is to disclose
information that has been confirmed as being held.

Where exemptions are relied upon section 17 of the Freedom of Information
Act 2000 requires the Force, when refusing to provide such information
(because the information is exempt) to you the applicant 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.

I can confirm that the Force does hold information in respect of your
request; however the following exemptions apply to part of that requested
information:

Section 31(1)(a)(b) – Law Enforcement

The Section 31 exemption is a prejudice-based qualified exemption. There
is therefore a requirement to carry out a HARM Test in respect of such
information and there is a requirement to carry out a Public Interest Test
in order to establish whether the public interest in maintaining the
exemption may be outweighed by a wider public benefit in disclosure.

Section 31 Evidence of Harm – Fleet list

The police are tasked with protecting our communities and to conduct this
a degree of covert policing may be necessary. Although it is widely known
that police forces use unmarked covert vehicles as part of their delivery
of effective operational law enforcement, to reveal the number of covert
vehicles together with make, model and division of each vehicle would
reveal tactical resources available to the Force and would undermine
ongoing covert investigations. Furthermore, offenders would be aware of
covert surveillance and those with ANPR and breathalysers kit in vehicles
and could take evasive action to avoid detection which would void the
purpose of these vehicles.

 

To disclose such information would be likely to harm law enforcement in
the covert area of policing and put officer’s safety at risk. This area of
policing is sensitive and must remain focussed and controlled in order to
prevent extremely dangerous situations from forming.

 

With regards to certain marked vehicles, disclosing this information would
enable criminals to map vehicle resources across the Force and therefore
increasing the likelihood of crime being committed in specific areas. This
would be especially true in providing information regarding which vehicles
are used for armed response. If criminals are aware of which vehicles are
used for specialist departments this could lead to those vehicles being
targeted for theft if it is known they contain specific equipment such as
firearms.

 

Public interest test - Factors favouring disclosure

 

The disclosure of details of covert and certain marked cars would enable
the public to determine where public funds are being spent and would show
accountability in performing a key policing function. Disclosure may
encourage public awareness and debate and may reduce crime or lead to more
information being provided from the public for the prevention and
detection of crime.

 

Public interest test - Factors favouring non-disclosure

 

Providing the information on the use of specific vehicles would compromise
law enforcement tactics and hinder the prevention and detection of crime.
More crime would be committed, police resources would be impacted and this
would place the public at risk. Public safety is of paramount importance
to the policing purpose and must be considered in respect of every
release.

Balancing Test

 

Disclosure made under the Act is disclosure into the public domain (for
all to see) and the public interest is not what interests the public, but
what will be beneficial to the community as a whole. To disclose the
details of unmarked cars and certain marked vehicles would not only affect
the forces ability to prevent and detect crime or apprehend offenders, but
it would also impact on the forces key responsibility of protecting the
community it serves.

Whilst there is a public interest in the transparency of policing
operations and investigations, the safety of the officers using these
vehicles must also be considered and undoubtedly disclosure would
compromise their personal safety.

 

The safety of the public is of paramount importance. The police will not
divulge any information that would place the safety of an individual at
risk or undermine law enforcement. It is for these reasons that the public
interest favours non-disclosure of the information.

 

 

Please see the attached table for the information which I am required to
disclose.

 

 

Section 31 Evidence of Harm – Call Signs

 

To provide the individual call signs for specific roles could undermine
existing or future investigations, operations and police tactics. This
information could also help members of the criminal fraternity to avoid
detection, it could also inhibit the prevention and detection of crime.

 

Public interest test - Factors favouring disclosure

 

Police forces need to be properly equipped in order to meet the demands
placed upon then. This information could go some way towards reassuring
the public that West Mercia Police is adequately prepared in all areas and
would lead to a better public awareness of the workings of the police
force and the communications used with operations and during routine
policing.

Disclosure of call signs used by certain departments would provide an
insight into the intricacies and identification of police units, and would
reveal a better understanding of the tactical capabilities of the police
when deploying their units

 

Public interest test - Factors favouring non-disclosure

 

Specific information relating to the tactical information of units would
reveal resource information and intelligence to the criminal fraternity.
Knowledge of the call signs coupled with other information would allow
individuals to listen in to the radios and officers could be directed into
potentially dangerous situations. It could also furnish individuals or
groups with the opportunity to identify where a specific crime has taken
place, it could also lead to harm and compromise our law enforcement
capabilities.

 

BALANCE TEST

 

For a public interest test, issues that favour disclosure 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.

 

In considering the public interest in relation to this request, I must
balance the factor in relation to transparency and accountability, against
the public interest in ensuring that West Mercia Police are able to
appropriately enforce the law.

 

In accordance with the Act, this letter represents a partial Refusal
Notice for your request.

 

Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided is as
accurate as possible

Your attention is drawn to the below which details your right of
complaint.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please write
or telephone the Information Compliance Unit quoting the reference number
above.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Ms T Williams

Information Compliance Unit
West Mercia Police

PO Box 55

Hindlip

Worcester

WR3 8SP

01905 331545 / 331565

 

 

West Mercia Police in complying with their statutory duty under sections 1
and 11 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to release the enclosed
information 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 The Force Solicitor, West Mercia Police
Headquarters, PO Box 55, Hindlip, Worcester, WR3 8SP.

 

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 West Mercia Police (WMP) to review their
decision.

Prior to lodging a formal complaint you are welcome and encouraged to
discuss the decision with the person 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
contact the person named 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
WMP made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding
access to information, you can lodge a complaint with WMP to have the
decision reviewed. WMP must be notified of your intention to complain
within 20 working days of the date of its response to your Freedom of
Information request. Complaints should be made in writing and addressed
to:

 

West Mercia Police Headquarters

Information Compliance Unit

Hindlip Hall

Hindlip

PO Box 55

Worcester

WR3 8SP

or

Email:  [West Mercia Police request email]

In all possible circumstances, WMP will aim to respond to your complaint
within 20 working days.

 

The Information Commissioner

After lodging a complaint with WMP 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 https://ico.org.uk/ Alternatively phone or
write to:

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

Phone: 0303 123 1113 (local rate) or 01625 545745 if you prefer to use a
national rate number

Fax:    01625 524 510

 

 

 

This email and any attachments may contain information that is
confidential, privileged, sensitive, or otherwise protected from
disclosure. Its unauthorised use, disclosure, storage or copying is not
permitted. If received in error, please destroy all copies and notify the
sender immediately by return email. Internet email is not a secure medium
of communication. Any views or opinions expressed in this email do not
necessarily represent those of West Mercia Police. All email activity may
be may be monitored, recorded and retained by West Mercia Police in
accordance with relevant legislation.

 

Please be aware that all information provided to West Mercia Police will
be held and treated in confidence in accordance with the Data Protection
Act 2018. It may be shared with other Force departments. Personal
information may also be used for statistical purposes, for fraud and crime
prevention and may be checked with/disclosed to regulatory bodies. The
information provided may be held electronically and/or in paper form and
will be kept secure at all times. Your personal data will be processed for
the performance of tasks carried out in the public interest or in the
exercise of the Police’s official authority and to comply with legal
obligations.