I saw police body cam footage in the national press - on what basis do the police release such material?

Mae'r ymateb i'r cais hwn yn hwyr iawn. Yn ôl y gyfraith, ym mhob amgylchiad, dylai Sussex Police fod wedi ymateb erbyn hyn. (manylion). Gallwch gwyno drwy yn gofyn am adolygiad mewnol.

Dear Sussex Police,

I know you have no real regard for the the law or due process, but I would be interested in the line of argument the police pretend to use to permit the release of bodycam footage to the media.

When a 4'6" (high and broad) sussex robocop invades a private home with an undeclared bodycam running then has the footage released to the media - under what law/right would this sale of judicial material be legal?

If the above is too confusing, or is seen as an excuse to frustrate the FoI request I will restate it as:-

When in law is plod allowed, permitted or required to release bodycam recordings outside of police control?

Yours faithfully,

Paul Perrin

Sussex Police

Date: 10/12/2018

Your Ref:  Freedom of Information request - I saw police body cam footage in the national press - on what basis do the police release such material?     

Our Ref: FOI 1374.18

Contact Name: Roger Brace FOI Officer
Email : [email address]

Contact number: 101 ext 545251

Dear Paul,

Thank you for your request which was received by Sussex Police.

This request will be dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and you will receive a response within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act, from the date of receipt. In some circumstances Sussex Police 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.

Please Note:
Sussex Police are currently receiving a high volume of FOI requests at a time of reduced staffing levels to process them. Every effort is being made to comply with the statutory 20 working day response deadline but on occasions this may not be possible – we apologise for the inconvenience this may cause.

Yours sincerely

FOI

Sussex Police HQ
Lewes
BN7 2DZ

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