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Information regarding number of drug detection dog searches in London (Met area)

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Can you please tell me how many stop and searches were carried out in your jurisdiction for the years 2013-2014 (or most recently available figures)?

How many people were identified by police sniffer dogs as having drugs on their person?

How many people actually had drugs on their person after a search was carried out?

How many arrests were made and warnings given?

What drugs were found and in what quantities?

What is the estimated cost of the operation?

Yours faithfully,

David van Eyck

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr. Van Eyck

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2014090000260

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 02/09/2014.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

"Can you please tell me how many stop and searches were carried out in
your jurisdiction for the years 2013-2014 (or most recently available
figures)?

How many people were identified by police sniffer dogs as having drugs on
their person?

How many people actually had drugs on their person after a search was
carried out?

How many arrests were made and warnings given?

What drugs were found and in what quantities?

What is the estimated cost of the operation?"
Your request will now be allocated to the relevant unit within the MPS and
will be processed in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(the Act).  

You will receive your response directly from the relevant unit within the
statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act.  

In some circumstances the MPS may be unable to achieve this deadline.  If
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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Van Eyck

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2014090000260

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 02/09/2014. I note you seek
access to the following information:

"1. Can you please tell me how many stop and searches were carried out in
your jurisdiction for the years 2013-2014 (or most recently available
figures)?
2. How many people were identified by police sniffer dogs as having drugs
on their person?
3. How many people actually had drugs on their person after a search was
carried out?
4. How many arrests were made and warnings given?
5. What drugs were found and in what quantities?
6. What is the estimated cost of the operation? "

DECISION  

This letter is to inform you that it will not be possible to respond to
your request within the cost threshold by virtue of section 12 of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). In accordance with section 17(5)
FOIA, this letter acts as a Refusal Notice. Please see the legal annex for
the sections of the Act that are referred to in this letter.

Costs Estimation

Questions 2-5 relate specifically to drugs dog operations. There is not a
code to specifically record whether a stop and search is the result of an
indication by a drugs 'sniffer' dog, to find out this information would
require a manual review of every stop/search record where the recorded
reason for search is drugs. There were 8,352 drug searches in July 2014
alone. If it only took an average of 3 minutes to look up each record,
review the grounds for search and record the data, this exercise would
take 417.6 hours for July data alone. As you can see this task by far
exceeds the appropriate limit of 18 hours specified by the Act.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts
as a Refusal Notice.

Section 12 -  Where cost of compliance exceeds appropriate limit

The ICO advises on using the Fees regulations 'Section 12 makes it clear
that a public authority does not have to make a precise calculation of the
costs of complying with a request. Only an estimate is required ... what
amounts to a reasonable estimate can only be considered on a case by case
basis.' The ICO further advises 'where a reasonable estimate has been made
that the appropriate limit would be exceeded, there is no requirement for
a public authority to undertake work up to the limit.'  

We estimate that the cost of complying with this request would exceed the
appropriate limit. The appropriate limit has been specified in regulations
and for agencies outside central Government; this is set at £450.00. This
represents the estimated cost of one person spending 18 hours (at a rate
of £25 per hour) in determining whether the MPS holds the information, and
locating, retrieving and extracting the information.

Section 16 - Advice and Assistance

Section 16 of the Act places a duty upon a public authority to provide
advice and assistance with regards to your request, so that it falls
within the cost limit.

You could refine your request to ask how many arrests were made and
cannabis warnings given for all stops and searches for drugs in 2013/14
which can be collated within cost, should this information be of interest
to you.

Question 1

This information is available in the public domain via the MPS Stop and
Search Monitoring Mechanism which is published monthly. For further
information please see the following link:
http://www.met.police.uk/foi/units/stop_...

Question 6

You would need to advise if you require information about one particular
dogs drugs operation or all the dogs drugs operations within the requested
period in order for the MPS to proceed with this question. I have been
advised by the MPS Public Order branch that they do not generally collate
costs for each individual operation as this is part of general policing.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

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

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please write
or contact Deborah Solomon on telephone number 0207 161 4291 quoting the
reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Inspector Walker
Stop and Search Team
Territorial Policing Command

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 the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to
review their decision.

Prior to lodging a formal complaint you are welcome to discuss the
response with the case officer who dealt with your request.  

Complaint

If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision of
the MPS made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding
access to information you can lodge a complaint with the MPS to have the
decision reviewed.

Complaints should be made in writing, within forty (40) working days from
the date of the refusal notice, and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Public Access Office
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF
[email address]

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 20 working days.
The Information Commissioner

After lodging a complaint with the MPS 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 www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.
 Alternatively, phone or write to:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone:  01625 545 700

Total Policing is the Met's commitment to be on the streets and in your
communities to catch offenders, prevent crime and support victims. We are
here for London, working with you to make our capital safer.

 

Consider our environment - please do not print this email unless
absolutely necessary.

NOTICE - This email and any attachments may be confidential, subject to
copyright and/or legal privilege and are intended solely for the use of
the intended recipient. If you have received this email in error, please
notify the sender and delete it from your system.  To avoid incurring
legal liabilities, you must not distribute or copy the information in this
email without the permission of the sender. MPS communication systems are
monitored to the extent permitted by law.  Consequently, any email and/or
attachments may be read by monitoring staff. Only specified personnel are
authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
reached with other employees or agents.  The security of this email and
any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned
but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

 

Find us at:

Facebook: Facebook.com/metpoliceuk

Twitter: @metpoliceuk

Nid ydym yn gwybod a yw'r ymateb mwyaf diweddar i'r cais hwn yn cynnwys gwybodaeth neuai peidio - os chi ywDavid van Eyck mewngofnodwch a gadael i bawb wybod.