Top Shop protests on 04 DEC 2010

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

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I wish to request the following information under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 'The Act'.

In order to assist you with this request, I am outlining my query as specifically as possible. As you will understand, this may not be a definitive list of relevant information.

You may be aware that the act provides a duty on public authorities such as yourselves to assist requesters.

1.0 How much did it cost to police the protests against Top Shop, Oxford Street, in London on Saturday 04th December 2010 in the following areas?
1.1 Wages based on a mid point pay scale.
1.2 Cost of additional car/van hire.
1.3 Cost of transportation of arrested persons.
1.4 The cost of operation of the CCTV van parked up the road.
1.5 Cost of helicopter (if applicable).
1.6 Cost of fuel.

2.0 How many officers were present in the following rank bands.
2.1 PC's
2.2 PS's
2.3 Inspectors
2.4 Chief Inspectors
2.5 Superintendent's
2.6 Chief Superintendent's
2.7 Any ACPO ranks.

3.0 What Police stations are the officers mentioned in 2.0 above based at.

4.0 How many people were arrested at this protest.
4.1 What was the original arrest.
4.2 What were they charged with.

5.0 How many complaints have been received about police actions, during this protest.

6.0 Do parking restrictions (such as double yellow lines, parking on pavements and double parking) and road traffic regulations (such as no entry signs and red lights) apply to the Met Police, and at what times do they not.

I am fully aware of my rights under S50 of the act.

Yours faithfully,

I Madder

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear I Madder,

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2010120000665
I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 05/12/2010. I note you seek
access to the following information:

* "I wish to request the following information under the terms of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 'The Act'. In order to assist you with
this request, I am outlining my query as specifically as possible. As
you will understand, this may not be a definitive list of relevant
information. You may be aware that the act provides a duty on public
authorities such as yourselves to assist requesters.
* 1.0 How much did it cost to police the protests against Top Shop,
Oxford Street, in London on Saturday 04th December 2010 in the
following areas?
* 1.1 Wages based on a mid point pay scale.
* 1.2 Cost of additional car/van hire.
* 1.3 Cost of transportation of arrested persons.
* 1.4 The cost of operation of the CCTV van parked up the road.
* 1.5 Cost of helicopter (if applicable).
* 1.6 Cost of fuel.
* 2.0 How many officers were present in the following rank bands.
* 2.1 PC's 2.2 PS's
* 2.3 Inspectors
* 2.4 Chief Inspectors
* 2.5 Superintendent's
* 2.6 Chief Superintendent's
* 2.7 Any ACPO ranks.
* 3.0 What Police stations are the officers mentioned in 2.0 above based
at.
* 4.0 How many people were arrested at this protest.
* 4.1 What was the original arrest.
* 4.2 What were they charged with.
* 5.0 How many complaints have been received about police actions,
during this protest.
* 6.0 Do parking restrictions (such as double yellow lines, parking on
pavements and double parking) and road traffic regulations (such as no
entry signs and red lights) apply to the Met Police, and at what times
do they not. "

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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr/Ms Madder

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2010120000665

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 05/12/2010. I note you seek
access to the following information:

* I wish to request the following information under the terms of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 'The Act'. In order to assist you with
this request, I am outlining my query as specifically as possible. As
you will understand, this may not be a definitive list of relevant
information. You may be aware that the act provides a duty on public
authorities such as yourselves to assist requesters. 1.0 How much did
it cost to police the protests against Top Shop, Oxford Street, in
London on Saturday 04th December 2010 in the following areas? 1.1
Wages based on a mid point pay scale. 1.2 Cost of additional car/van
hire. 1.3 Cost of transportation of arrested persons. 1.4 The cost of
operation of the CCTV van parked up the road. 1.5 Cost of helicopter
(if applicable). 1.6 Cost of fuel. 2.0 How many officers were present
in the following rank bands. 2.1 PC's 2.2 PS's 2.3 Inspectors 2.4
Chief Inspectors 2.5 Superintendent's 2.6 Chief Superintendent's 2.7
Any ACPO ranks. 3.0 What Police stations are the officers mentioned in
2.0 above based at. 4.0 How many people were arrested at this protest.
4.1 What was the original arrest. 4.2 What were they charged with. 5.0
How many complaints have been received about police actions, during
this protest. 6.0 Do parking restrictions (such as double yellow
lines, parking on pavements and double parking) and road traffic
regulations (such as no entry signs and red lights) apply to the Met
Police, and at what times do they not.

On behalf of the MPS I would like to apologise for the delay in responding
to your Freedom of Information Act request.

You may not be aware, but we have received an unprecedented volume of
requests in relation to the recent demonstrations against the increase in
University tuition fees. Unfortunately this has led to a delay in the
provision of responses to applicants.

Please be assured that we are working to provide you with a response to
your request and hope to be able to provide one or update you by, or
during, the week commencing the 17th of January.

Your patience is greatly appreciated.

I do apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Yours sincerely

Dave Howe
Public Order Review Unit
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access to information you can lodge a complaint with the MPS to have the
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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Your delaying tatics are not acceptable and as such failure to provide me a response within the FOIA which is law. The Met may believe that certain laws do not apply to them, as is clearly seen in your delaying tatics.

You can deem this to now be an official complaint in your failure and delaying tatics and as such the Police Reform Act now applies in addition to the FOIA in this case.

Yours faithfully,

I Madder

Gadawodd I Madder anodiad ()

Complaint sent to ICO over failure to respond.

Complaint sent to Met's Professional Standards over failure to respond on time and also failure to acknowledge my official complaint.

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Applicant,

In regards to your FoIA request 2010120000665 'Cost of policing the Top
Shop protests on 4th December 2010' I am aware that Inspector Howe had
been dealing with your request. Unfortunately Inspector Howe has been
taken unwell and I have been asked to assist.

In order for me to progress your request I am extending to a new deadline
of the 28th of February 2011.

I would like to thank you for patience in this matter

Yours sincerely

Stephenie Robinson

Stephenie Robinson | Information Manager | CO1 Business Coordination and
Improvement Team | Central Operations
Telephone 020 7230 (6)4109 | E-mail [email address]
Address Room 910, Tower Block, New Scotland Yard, London, SW1H 0BG

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Unacceptable.

Illness is not an excuse which is acceptable, a complaint has been lodged with the ICO about your failure to comply with law.
It seems that because you work for the police you feel you can flout the law. One rule for you, one rule for everyone else.

Now I suggest you get working on my request.

Yours faithfully,

I Madder

Gadawodd I Madder anodiad ()

Complaint with ICO [ref. FS50369240]

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Madder

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2010120000665

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 05/12/2010. I note you seek
access to the following information:

I wish to request the following information under the terms of the Freedom
of Information Act 2000 'The Act'. In order to assist you with this
request, I am outlining my query as specifically as possible. As you will
understand, this may not be a definitive list of relevant information. You
may be aware that the act provides a duty on public authorities such as
yourselves to assist requesters.

* 1.0 How much did it cost to police the protests against Top Shop,
Oxford Street, in London on Saturday 4th December 2010 in the
following areas?
* 1.1 Wages based on a mid point pay scale.
* 1.2 Cost of additional car/van hire.
* 1.3 Cost of transportation of arrested persons.
* 1.4 The cost of operation of the CCTV van parked up the road.
* 1.5 Cost of helicopter (if applicable).
* 1.6 Cost of fuel.

* 2.0 How many officers were present in the following rank bands.
* 2.1 PC's
* 2.2 PS's
* 2.3 Inspectors
* 2.4 Chief Inspectors
* 2.5 Superintendent's
* 2.6 Chief Superintendent's
* 2.7 Any ACPO ranks.

* 3.0 What Police stations are the officers mentioned in 2.0 above based
at.

* 4.0 How many people were arrested at this protest.
* 4.1 What was the original arrest.
* 4.2 What were they charged with.

* 5.0 How many complaints have been received about police actions,
during this protest.

* 6.0 Do parking restrictions (such as double yellow lines, parking on
pavements and double parking) and road traffic regulations (such as no
entry signs and red lights) apply to the Met Police, and at what times
do they not. .

Firstly, I would like to express my sincere apologies for the delay in
responding to your request. The MPS and our Public Order Command have
been inundated with requests following the demonstrations in central
London and this has been the reason for the delay. I hope you have not
been inconvenienced too much.

This letter is to inform you that it will not be possible to respond to
your request within the cost threshold. The demonstration at Top Shop was
dealt with as a spontaneous incident which was managed as it developed.
Police officers from a number of differrent Boroughs and departments
responded and were deployed to it. The information you desire,
particularly the costings you request, are not centrally held and would
require significant effort to obtain, requiring searches of a wide variety
of systems, both manual and electronic to obtain the necessary information
to be able to compile the costs requested. For instance: to just establish
exactly which officers were present in Oxford Street dealing with this
protest which was sporadically held at a number of locations over a
protracted period of time (11:00 to approx 16:30) would require a manual
search of the Special Operations System 'MetOps' records for that day to
identify the callsigns of the responding units. This is made more complex,
as many of the resources deployed were taken from a much larger 'pan
London' policing operation on the day, and identifying the relevent
deployments would need to be undertaken manually from the system log of 99
typed pages. Additionally, serial feedback forms (form3166s) would need to
be examined manually for deployment information.

Once the callsigns of the relevant units have been traced, it would be
necessary to make enquiries of each of the Boroughs or Specialist units at
which they are based to find out the details of the officers assigned to
the units. However, even this may not capture the details of all the
officers present, additional checks would need to be made to identify and
manually examine any completed Evidence and Report Books (ERB) to
establish officers that may have witnessed an arrest or incident - such as
a use of force. These records, if held, would be held locally at local
administration units. It would be necessary for each each Borough or
Specialist unit across the MPS to manually search whether or not it held a
relevant ERB and then each would need to be manually read.
To establish transport costs it would be necessary to establish which unit
responded in a vehicle, to establish the type of vehicle they travelled
in, where they travelled from, and then to establish an average cost for
each vehicle type per mile travelled.

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

Section 17(5) of the Act provides:

(5) A public authority which, in relation to any request for information,
is relying on a claim that section 12 or 14 applies must, within the time
for complying with section 1(1), give the applicant a notice stating that
fact.

Section 12 of the Act provides:

(1) Section 1(1) does not oblige a public authority to comply with a
request for information if the authority estimates that the cost of
complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit.

Section 16 (duty to assist):

If you would like to narrow the scope of your request it is more likely
to fall within the cost threshold.

If you wish to discuss redefining your request, please contact me via
email at the above email address.

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 Dave Howe on telephone number 020 7230 0681 quoting the
reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Chris Oliver
Public Order Information Team
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Section 31 Law Enforcement:
Provides an exemption for information if disclosure would be likely to
prejudice the enforcement of law.
31(1) Information which is not exempt information by virtue of section 30
is exempt information if its disclosure under this Act would, or would be
likely to, prejudice;-

(a) the prevention or detection of crime,
(b) the apprehension or prosecution of offenders,
(c) the administration of justice,

(g) the exercise by any public authority of its functions for any of the
purposes specified in subsection (2),

31(2) The purposes referred to in subsection (1)(g) to (i) are;-

(a) the purpose of ascertaining whether any person has failed to comply
with the law,
(b) the purpose of ascertaining whether any person is responsible for any
conduct which is improper,

31(3) The duty to confirm or deny does not arise if, or to the extent
that, compliance with section 1(1)(a) would, or would be likely to,
prejudice any of the matters mentioned in subsection (1).

Section 38 Health and Safety:
Exempts information the disclosure of which would, or would be likely to,
endanger the physical or mental health or safety of any individual.
38(1) Information is exempt information if its disclosure under this Act
would, or would be likely to:

(a) endanger the physical or mental health of any individual, or
(b) endanger the safety of any individual.

38(2) The duty to confirm or deny does not arise if, or to the extent
that, compliance with section 1(1)(a) would, or would be likely to, have
either of the effects mentioned in subsection (1).

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Ask to have the decision looked at again ***

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telephone the case officer that is nominated 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
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

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