Number of Fixed Penalty Notices for Police staff on M32, Severn Beach rail line overbridge to end of M32 southbound Bristol

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Avon and Somerset Police
Avon and Somerset Police HQ
PO Box 37
Valley Road
Portishead
Bristol
BS20 8QJ

13.04.2018

Dear Avon and Somerset Constabulary,

RE: Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) issued to Police support staff and uniformed officers on M32, Severn Beach rail line overbridge to end of M32 southbound Bristol.

I understand in or around early June 2017, permanent average speed cameras were installed along the MetroBus extended bus lane between the railway bridge at junction 3 for Easton, Bristol and the beginning of Newfoundland Way, Bristol. This was on the recommendation of Highways England.

Please provide me with;
1. The number of FPNs issued to Police staff and officers since Monday 30 October 2017; and
2. Of the number of FPNs issued, the number;
a. Cancelled because Police staff and officers claimed exemption on account of official duties.
b. Where the driver elected to attend a national education course workshop.
c. Where the driver elected to pay a Fixed Penalty.
d. Of Police staff and officers prosecuted.

Yours faithfully,

Warren Peace.

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Corporate Communications Department

Force Headquarters, PO Box 37, Valley Road,

Portishead, Bristol, BS20 8QJ

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Warren Peace Our Reference 517/18

[FOI #477519 email] Date 09 May 2018

 

Dear Mr Peace

 

I write in connection with your request for information dated 13^th April
under the Freedom of Information Act.

 

Specifically you asked:

Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) issued to Police support staff and uniformed
officers on M32, Severn Beach rail line overbridge to end of M32
southbound Bristol.

 

I understand in or around early June 2017, permanent average speed cameras
were installed along the MetroBus extended bus lane between the railway
bridge at junction 3 for Easton, Bristol and the beginning of Newfoundland
Way, Bristol. This was on the recommendation of Highways England.

 

Please provide me with;

1.     The number of FPNs issued to Police staff and officers since Monday
30 October 2017; and

2.     Of the number of FPNs issued, the number;

        a.     Cancelled because Police staff and officers claimed
exemption on account of official duties.

        b.     Where the driver elected to attend a national education
course workshop.

        c.     Where the driver elected to pay a Fixed Penalty.

        d.     Of Police staff and officers prosecuted.

 

Our response:

 

When a FPN is issued, these are done so to the registered keeper of the
vehicle.

Therefore the name details are used. There is no information informing us
if that individual is an employee of the Constabulary therefore we are
unable to respond to your questions

 

In circumstances where it is clear emergency vehicle is responding to an
incident a notice would not be issued.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Rebecca Pritchard

Freedom of Information Officer

Corporate Communications Department

 

 

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Dear Avon and Somerset Constabulary,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Avon and Somerset Constabulary's handling of my FOI request 'Number of Fixed Penalty Notices for Police staff on M32, Severn Beach rail line overbridge to end of M32 southbound Bristol'.

My understanding is that under Chapter 9 of the Standards of Professional Behaviour :
"Police officers are required to report as soon as reasonably practicable to their force any occasion in the UK or elsewhere where they have been subject to arrest, a summons for an offence, a penalty notice for disorder, an endorsable fixed penalty notice for a road traffic offence, or a charge or caution for an offence by any enforcement agency."

I do not know if similar standards apply to police staff but not police officers but perhaps you would be willing to investigate and clarify?

Please can you confirm if you have recorded the number of FPNs issued to Police staff and officers since Monday 30 October 2017 and whether they have subsequently fallen into one of the options I set out in 2) of my information request.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/n...

Yours faithfully,

Warren Peace

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Gadawodd Gregory Lake anodiad ()

If an off-duty regular officer receives a NIP and doesn't inform their constabulary, what information are you expecting to exist and what action can the constabulary take?

Gadawodd Warren Peace anodiad ()

Reply to annotation (10 May 2018).

Question: If an off-duty regular officer receives a NIP and doesn't inform their constabulary, what information are you expecting to exist
Answer: See 1+2d in original FOI request.

Question: ...and what action can the constabulary take?
Answer: Action on discreditable conduct is a matter for the constabulary. Each case will be different. See 2d in original FOI request.

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Corporate Communications Department

Force Headquarters, PO Box 37, Valley Road,

Portishead, Bristol, BS20 8QJ

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Mr Warren Peace Our Reference 517/18

[1][FOI #477519 email]
Date 24 May 2018
 

 

I write in response to your request for an internal review of your recent
FOI request in relation to Police employees receiving FPNs. The purpose of
an internal review is to establish whether the application was processed
correctly and in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act.

 

I have reviewed your application and I am satisfied that the response from
the Constabulary met the requirements of the Act; I have set out my
reasons for this decision below.

 

You have requested information concerning the number of FPN’s to Police
Staff and Officers for offences at a specific location during a specific
time frame.

As we explained in our response, at the point that a FPN is issued we do
not record whether the individual is an employee of the Constabulary. 

 

You have raised the point that Officers are required to report to the
Force that they have received a FPN. This request differs from your
original request which asks for the number of FPN’s issued and not the
number of reports to Professional Standards following receipt of a FPN.
However, it is still the case that the information required to respond to
the detail of your request is not available from the Professional
Standards Department. Should a staff member/officer report receipt of an
FPN to the Professional Standards Department the details that you have
requested in Q2 would not all be recorded centrally by them, as such we
would not be able to respond to the second part of your request.

 

If you consider the Constabulary has failed to meet its obligations under
the Act you have the right to raise the matter with the Information
Commissioner who may agree to investigate this matter on your behalf. The
Information Commissioner can be  contacted at Wycliffe house, Water Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF, Telephone 0303 1231113.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Michelle Radcliffe

Freedom of Information Officer

Corporate Communications Department

 

 

 

 

 

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Gadawodd Gregory Lake anodiad ()

As was previously outlined, if a constabulary isn't informed that a NIP has been received by a serving member of staff = no-one knows, nothing will or can be done.

Gadawodd Warren Peace anodiad ()

Reply to annotation left 24 May 2018.

Unless you're privy to private information or exceptionally well informed, this information request highlights;
- A staff member / officer may choose not to report to Constabulary, accusation of criminal offence despite the standards by which s/he is bound;
- Even if a staff member/officer report receipt of a Fixed Penalty Notice to the Professional Standards Department, the details would not be recorded centrally.

Gadawodd Gregory Lake anodiad ()

You misunderstand. Your questions do not identify if you mean solely whilst in police fleet vehicles. If that is the case, then once any alleged offence is viewed and it is established it was a force vehicle, then how can the driver NOT inform the constabulary - they'd already be aware.

However, if in a private vehicle, then it is all completely academic and requests for such information are quite meaningless and reflect nothing.