I am writing to request information on media appearances by West Mercia Police (and preceding agencies) in a documentary style, such as but not limited to ‘Road Wars’, ‘Police Interceptors’, ‘Brit Cops’ etc, where a camera person(s) is deployed with police officers and are followed throughout their tour of duty. This is for the time period 2003 to present.

I would like to know;
Name of production
Production Company
Policing Unit(s)/Investigation(s)/Operation(s) followed
Status of Unit (active/disbanded/reformed/reorganized)

I would also like to know the current stance on 2021 (ignoring COVID-19) for these types of shows to be filmed with West Mercia Police - are they encouraged? If encouraged, are you actively engaged in filming currently, and if so, what production? If not encouraged or banned, is there reasoning behind this, for example a negative experience/portrayal previously?

On a similar line, police forces used to sell dashcam footage as ‘filler’ in these documentary shows, between their own self shot material. Does West Mercia Police sell dashcam, or otherwise make them available?

Information Compliance, West Mercia Police

Dear Mr Coelho

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 
59794                                                      

 

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
on22nd February 2021.  Your request will now be considered in accordance
with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“the Act”).

 

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

 

Hindlip Hall Police Headquarters, Hindlip Hall, Worcester, WR3 8SP
Direct Dial: 01905 331545 Ext. 7772545

Team email: [1][West Mercia Police request email]

 

 

 

 

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Dear Information Compliance,

The deadline for this request has now passed.

Please prove an update.

Yours sincerely,

Dan Coelho

Information Compliance, West Mercia Police

Dear Mr Coelho

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 59794

With reference to your request for information which was received on 20th February 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

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.

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Information Compliance Unit
West Mercia Police Headquarters
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Hindlip Hall
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Worcester
WR3 8SP

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Information Compliance, West Mercia Police

Dear Mr Coelho

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 59794

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
on 22^nd February 2021. Please find below the response to your request:

 

I am writing to request information on media appearances by West Mercia
Police (and preceding agencies) in a documentary style, such as but not
limited to ‘Road Wars’, ‘Police Interceptors’, ‘Brit Cops’ etc, where a
camera person(s) is deployed with police officers and are followed
throughout their tour of duty.

 

This is for the time period 2003 to present.I would like to know;Name of
productionProduction CompanyPolicing Unit(s)/Investigation(s)/Operation(s)
followedStatus of Unit (active/disbanded/reformed/reorganized)

 

I would also like to know the current stance on 2021 (ignoring COVID-19)
for these types of shows to be filmed with West Mercia Police - are they
encouraged? If encouraged, are you actively engaged in filming currently,
and if so, what production? If not encouraged or banned, is there
reasoning behind this, for example a negative experience/portrayal
previously?On a similar line, police forces used to sell dashcam footage
as ‘filler’ in these documentary shows, between their own self shot
material.

 

Does West Mercia Police sell dashcam, or otherwise make them available?

 

Reply:-

This is for the time period 2003 to present.I would like to know;Name of
productionProduction CompanyPolicing Unit(s)/Investigation(s)/Operation(s)
followedStatus of Unit (active/disbanded/reformed/reorganized)

 

Dispatches: The Hunt for Britain’s Sex Gangs – operation chalice, CSE
investigation in Telford, aired on Channel 4 on conclusion of the case in
2013.

 

Don’t Get Done Get Dom with Dominic Littlewood, believed to have aired
2015/2016.

 

Countryside 999 2016

 

I would also like to know the current stance on 2021 (ignoring COVID-19)
for these types of shows to be filmed with West Mercia Police - are they
encouraged?

 

We have a filming request form we ask to be completed and consider our
involvement on a case by case basis based on our priorities and other
commitments.

 

If encouraged, are you actively engaged in filming currently, and if so,
what production?

 

We are not currently actively engage in any filming.

 

If not encouraged or banned, is there reasoning behind this, for example a
negative experience/portrayal previously?

 

N/A

 

On a similar line, police forces used to sell dashcam footage as ‘filler’
in these documentary shows, between their own self shot material. Does
West Mercia Police sell dashcam, or otherwise make them available?

 

We do not sell dashcam footage however may consider releasing to the media
if there is a policing purpose.

 

 

Please accept my apology for the late reply.

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 V Lewis

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.