Number of Police officers holding Class C + E (LGV) driving licences and authorised to drive LGVs

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Dear Essex Police,

Can you please provide information as to the total number of Essex Police Officers holding an LGV or Class C + E vocational driving authorisation and whether the licence was obtained through Essex Police driving school, held previous to becoming a police officer and renewed as required or via an external driving school.

In addition, how many police officers including Special Constables are authorised to drive LGVs and have been issued with:
a. A digital tachograph enforcement card for the purposes of downloading digital data.
b. A digital tachograph driver card.

Can you also provide a copy of any relevant policy to which police officers who hold the relevant class of driving licence are authorised:
i. To drive an LGVs to a safe location following the arrest of an LGV driver.
ii. To drive an LGV to a safe location in an emergency

In addition, the policy authorising a police officer to drive an LGV when not in possession of a relevant class of driving licence in an emergency or to move it to a place of safety when an authorised LGV licence holder is not available.

Yours faithfully,

Roland Barber

Info Rights Freedom Essex, Essex Police

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| Essex Police

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Address: Information Management Department, Information Rights Section,
Essex Police HQ, PO Box 2, Chelmsford CM2 6DA  (for Sat Nav directions,
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Info Rights Freedom Essex, Essex Police

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Thank you for your enquiry which has been logged under the above
reference.

Section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) places two duties
on public authorities. Unless exemptions apply, the first duty at Section
1(1)(a) is to confirm or deny whether the information specified in a
request is held.  The second duty at Section 1(1)(b) is to disclose
information that has been confirmed as being held.  Where exemptions are
relied upon Section 17 of FOIA requires that we provide the applicant with
a notice which: a) states that fact b) specifies the exemption(s) in
question and c) states (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the
exemption applies.

 

In respect of your enquiry:

 

Can you please provide information as to the total number of Essex Police
Officers holding an LGV or Class C + E vocational driving authorisation
and whether the licence was obtained through Essex Police driving school,
held previous to becoming a police officer and renewed as required or via
an external driving school.

 

In addition, how many police officers including Special Constables are
authorised to drive LGVs and have been issued with:

a.  A digital tachograph enforcement card for the purposes of downloading
digital data.

b. A digital tachograph driver card.

 

Can you also provide a copy of any relevant policy to which police
officers who hold the relevant class of driving licence are authorised:

i.   To drive an LGVs to a safe location  following the arrest of an LGV
driver.

ii.  To drive an LGV to a safe location in an emergency

 

In addition, the policy authorising  a police officer to drive an LGV when
not in possession of a relevant class of driving licence in an emergency
or to move it to a place of safety when an authorised LGV licence holder
is not available.

 

Having completed enquiries within Essex Police in respect of Section
1(1)(a), Essex Police does hold some information relating to your request,
however, the obligation of Section 1(1)(b) cannot be met as Essex Police
does not hold all the information requested in a format that allows it to
be retrieved within the time and cost limits of FOI.

 

When responding to a request for information under the terms of the FOIA,
a public authority is not obliged to provide information if the authority
estimates that the cost of the retrieval of the information requested
would be in excess of £450 (equivalent to 18 hours work). The costs
criteria relates to a request in its entirety, which means that if we
cannot retrieve all of the information requested within the costs limit,
we are not obliged to retrieve any of the information requested.

 

Section 12(1) of the FOIA states that a public authority is not obliged
to:

 

“…comply with a request for information if the authority estimates that
the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate
limit.”

 

The following explanation outlines the difficulty Essex Police has in
answering your request:

Essex Police have estimated that we would not be able to provide all the
information requested in your submission in terms of Freedom of
Information. I am afraid that the specific information you are seeking
access is not held by Essex Police in what is referred to as in a readily
accessible format, that is to say, this data is not extractable from
central databases or held in spreadsheets. Our Drive Database which is
effectively an electronic driving permit indicates officers and staffs
driving permit detail, however does not hold information on where licence
was obtained. To establish if information is held would, therefore, exceed
the time and cost limits under the FOIA and would qualify as the creation
of data as the results cannot be processed by means of purely sorting or
filtering data sources or running a database query tool. There is no
requirement under the act to create data purely to answer FOI requests.

 

Consequently, and to this extent, Essex Police are exempt from the duty to
provide information you have requested under the provisions of Section
12(1) of the FOIA. Therefore, and in accordance with Section 17(1) of the
FOIA, this communication must act as a refusal notice to provide all of
the information that could be interpreted as being captured by this part
of your request.

 

Having said that, and in an effort to assist, although excess cost removes
the force’s obligations under the FOIA, Essex Police can confirm the
following:

 

Can you please provide information as to the total number of Essex Police
Officers holding an LGV or Class C + E vocational driving authorisation
and whether the licence was obtained through Essex Police driving school,
held previous to becoming a police officer and renewed as required or via
an external driving school. There are 64 Officers/Staff holding a LGV ‘C’
permit and 26 Officers/Staff holding a LGV C + E permit.

 

Can you also provide a copy of any relevant policy to which police
officers who hold the relevant class of driving licence are authorised See
attached

i. To drive an LGVs to a safe location following the arrest of an LGV
driver. See attached

ii. To drive an LGV to a safe location in an emergency See attached

 

In addition, the policy authorising a police officer to drive an LGV when
not in possession of a relevant class of driving licence in an emergency
or to move it to a place of safety when an authorised LGV licence holder
is not available. See attached

 

[1]https://www.essex.police.uk/SysSiteAsset...

 

Essex Police trusts that the information provided is of assistance. Thank
you for your interest in Essex Police.

 

Kind regards,

 

FOI Team | Information Management Department | Information Rights Section
| Essex Police

Telephone: 01245 452647 | Email: [2][Essex Police request email]

Address: Information Management Department, Information Rights Section,
Essex Police HQ, PO Box 2, Chelmsford CM2 6DA  (for Sat Nav directions,
use CM2 6DN for HQ)

 

Essex Police have developed a publication strategy, our aim is to reduce
the demand within the FOI department and to provide knowledge to the
public to include previous and combined FOI requests together with
relevant links and information.

Please visit this area of our website before submitting FOI requests as
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Your right to complain

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otherwise dissatisfied with the outcome of your request you have the right
to complain.

 

Complaints should be submitted within 20 working days from the date of
this response and should be addressed to the Senior Information Officer at
the above address or by email to:  [6][Essex Police request email]

 

We will conduct a review to investigate your complaint and endeavour to
reply within 20 working days.

 

Please explain which aspect of the reply you are not satisfied with, and
if your complaint concerns the decision to apply an exemption it would
assist the review if you would outline why you believe the exemption does
not apply.      

 

If you are still dissatisfied following our review, you have the right
under Section 50 of the Act to complain directly to the Information
Commissioner.  Before considering your complaint, the Information
Commissioner would normally expect you to have exhausted the complaints
procedures provided by Essex Police.

 

The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:  Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF or via [7]https://ico.org.uk/.

 

From: Info Rights Freedom Essex
Sent: 01 July 2020 08:37
To: 'Roland Barber' <[8][FOI #673626 email]>
Subject: RE: FOI 14575 Police Officers Holding a LGV or Class C + E
Vocational Driving Authorisation

 

Thank you for your enquiry which has been logged under the above
reference. 

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act we are required to reply within 20
working days.  The Act does not specify a limit to the number of
information requests a public authority may receive or the number of
requests or questions an applicant may submit.  However, there are
exemptions in the Act that can apply and these include where the cost of
complying with the request would extend beyond the reasonable cost limit,
(currently 18 hours or £450), or if the request is otherwise manifestly
unreasonable in its scope or nature. 

 

Requests that ask a great many questions, or a number of detailed requests
submitted at the same time, may make it necessary for Essex Police to
refuse the requests wholly or in part.  The exemption at Section 14 may be
engaged if the burden on the authority is increased through multiple
requests on differing subjects.

 

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has responsibility for
providing oversight and guidance for the legislation and they have
produced advice for applicants on submitting effective requests.  Further
information can be found on the Commissioner’s website at
[9]www.ico.gov.uk, specific information relating to submitting a request
can be found at: 
[10]https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/offici...

 

While we process your request, please take the time to consider the ICO’s
advice and whether you feel it may be beneficial to amend or refine your
request.  Our team is happy to discuss your request with you and will be
able to provide advice as to what kind of information will be available
from Essex Police.

 

Although every effort will be made to ensure a response is provided within
statutory deadlines, due to current circumstances, delays may be
unavoidable.  We apologise for any inconvenience and will endeavour to
process your request as quickly as is practicable.

 

Kind regards

 

 

FOI Team | Information Management Department | Information Rights Section
| Essex Police

Telephone: 01245 452647 | Email: [11][Essex Police request email]

Address: Information Management Department, Information Rights Section,
Essex Police HQ, PO Box 2, Chelmsford CM2 6DA  (for Sat Nav directions,
use CM2 6DN for HQ)

[12]cid:image001.png@01D6610C.D888BCB0

Please note, if you require further information or wish to resubmit a
request please refer to the information found on the Commissioner’s
website regarding submission of effective requests:
[13]https://www.ico.org.uk/for_the_public/of...

 

Your right to complain

 

If you feel your request has not been properly handled, or you are
otherwise dissatisfied with the outcome of your request you have the right
to complain.

 

Complaints should be submitted within 20 working days from the date of
this response and should be addressed to the Senior Information Officer at
the above address or by email to: [14]info.rights.freedom@essex. police.uk

 

We will conduct a review to investigate your complaint and endeavour to
reply within 20 working days.

 

Please explain which aspect of the reply you are not satisfied with, and
if your complaint concerns the decision to apply an exemption it would
assist the review if you would outline why you believe the exemption does
not apply.

 

If you are still dissatisfied following our review, you have the right
under Section 50 of the Act to complain directly to the Information
Commissioner. Before considering your complaint, the Information
Commissioner would normally expect you to have exhausted the complaints
procedures provided by Essex Police.

 

The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF or via [15]https://ico.org.uk/

 

 

 

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