Misusing police resources (and position) to harass/stitch-up members of the public

H J Wilson made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

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Roedd y cais yn rhannol lwyddiannus.

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

1) What measures are in place to prevent officers abusing their position by committing police resources to harass/stitch-up etc., members of the public who have got on the wrong side of officers serving with the MPS, for example, by exposing corruption/misconduct?

2) What position of seniority would an officer serving with the MPS need to hold for it to be feasible for him/her to be successful in carrying out this kind of abuse?

Yours faithfully,

H J Wilson

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr H  J Wilson

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2017060001047

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 27/06/2017.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

* 1) What measures are in place to prevent officers abusing their
position by committing police resources to harass/stitch-up etc.,
members of the public who have got on the wrong side of officers
serving with the MPS, for example, by exposing corruption/misconduct?
2) What position of seniority would an officer serving with the MPS
need to hold for it to be feasible for him/her to be successful in
carrying out this kind of abuse?

Your request will now be considered in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (the Act).  You will receive a response within the
statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act.  

If you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please contact
us at [email address] or on the phone at 0207 161 3500, quoting the
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contact details.

Yours sincerely

Peter Deja
Support Officer - Freedom of Information Triage Team
 
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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear H J Wilson,

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2017060001047

I write in response to your request for information that was received by
the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 27/06/2017. I apologise for the
delay in responding to your request and any inconvenience caused. I note
you seek access to the following information:

"1) What measures are in place to prevent officers abusing their position
by committing police resources to harass/stitch-up etc., members of the
public who have got on the wrong side of officers serving with the MPS,
for example, by exposing corruption/misconduct?

2) What position of seniority would an officer serving with the MPS need
to hold for it to be feasible for him/her to be successful in carrying out
this kind of abuse?"

SEARCHES TO LOCATE INFORMATION

Following receipt of your request, I have conducted searches to locate
information relevant to your request. These searches located information
that is relevant to your request.

DECISION

I have disclosed the located information for you.

In response to your request for:

1. What measures are in place to prevent officers abusing their position
by committing police resources to harass/stitch-up etc., members of the
public who have got on the wrong side of officers serving with the MPS,
for example, by exposing corruption/misconduct?

Any abuse of authority made by a serving police officer, Special
Constable, volunteer or member of police staff is investigated locally by
a Professional Standards Unit or centrally by the Directorate of
Professional Standards (DPS). The DPS deals with Gross Misconduct
allegations, corruption, deaths following police contact, employment
tribunals, civil actions and inquests. All other matters are investigated
and dealt with at a local level by a local dedicated team, overseen by a
senior officer of Chief Inspector rank or above.

2. What position of seniority would an officer serving with the MPS need
to hold for it to be feasible for him/her to be successful in carrying out
this kind of abuse?

No information held.

This information would not form part of recorded information as the MPS
does not carry out abuse.

The question of police corruption is not related to rank or position.

This notice concludes your request for information.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
contact me on 0207 161 3311 or via email at [email address],
quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Ian Burgess
Information Manager

In complying with their statutory duty under sections 1 and 11 of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 to release the enclosed information, the
Metropolitan Police Service 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 MPS Directorate of Legal
Services, 10 Lambs Conduit Street, London, WC1N 3NR.
 
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
Information Rights Unit
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.ico.org.uk.  Alternatively, write to or
phone:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone: 0303 123 1113

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).

 

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