Vehicle Fleet list for 2014/ 2015

[name removed] (Ataliwyd y cyfrif) made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Cheshire Constabulary

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[name removed] (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear Cheshire Constabulary,

Could you please provide me with the below information for ALL MARKED and UNMARKED vehicles currently in service:

-Vehicle Make & Model
-Vehicle registration number
-Vehicle Role
-Vehicle identification number

Yours faithfully and many thanks,

[name removed] [name removed]

Freedom of Information,

Dear Mr [name removed],
 
I acknowledge receipt of your correspondence received 05/01/2015 which is
being dealt with as a request for information in accordance with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000.
 
I am in the process of dealing with your request and will respond in due
course and in any case by 02/02/2015. Please contact us by e-mail at
[Cheshire Constabulary request email] if you have any further enquiries.
 
Regards
Hayley Latham
Information Compliance
Professional Standards Department
Tel:    01606 366556

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Freedom of Information,

2 Atodiad

Dear Mr [name removed]
 
I refer to your recent request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000, as set out below:
 
Could you please provide me with the below information for ALL MARKED and
UNMARKED vehicles currently in service:
 
-Vehicle Make & Model
-Vehicle registration number
-Vehicle Role
-Vehicle identification number
 
In accordance with section 1(1) (b) of the Act, our response is as
follows:
 
I have now considered your request and I can confirm that Cheshire
Constabulary holds the information however I am not obliged to provide the
registration number of unmarked vehicles and the Vehicle Identification
number of all vehicles. However, the remainder of the information is
provided within the document attached. 
 
 
Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 requires the Cheshire
Constabulary, when  refusing  to  provide  such  information  (because the
information  is  exempt)  to provide you with a notice which a) states
that  fact,  b)  specifies the exemption in question and c) states (if
that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption applies.
 
With regard to the Vehicle Identification Numbers and Unmarked Vehicle
Registration numbers, that information is exempt information by virtue of:
 
Section 31 (1) (a) Law Enforcement.
 
Harm: The Cheshire Constabulary operates a substantial vehicle fleet to
enable officers to carry out their duties, as such vehicles are a 'tool'.
A large proportion of vehicles are liveried in a manner that the general
public are familiar with as officers’ conduct high visibility duties. The
complete opposite however are the unmarked vehicles. Officers use unmarked
vehicles for a variety of reasons all of which are directly connected 
with the detection of crime and the apprehension of offenders. To provide
information that would identify those individual vehicles would defeat the
whole object of having unmarked vehicles.  We are aware of actions by
criminals who have resorted to tasking a gang member to collect the
details of unmarked vehicles at a particular police station in an attempt
to ensure that they were aware of any police vehicle in their area of
operation.
There is also a need to consider the extent to which the risks associated
with cloning vehicles would be increased by the release of the requested
information. It could be considered that the more information that is
disclosed about specific vehicles the greater the possibility there is of
a vehicle being 'cloned'. Vehicle cloning is a very real danger with much
evidence of the practices causing misery and financial loss to members of
the public.
Public interest
There is general public interest in promoting transparency especially when
it concerns issues such as finance and governance or where the issues such
as the conduct of public official's especially police officers are
concerned.
However the factors mentioned above are not sufficiently present or in any
strength when comparing with the factors against disclosure. There is more
than a likelihood that law enforcement tactics would be compromised, we
already have evidence of the lengths criminals will go to in an attempt to
identify unmarked vehicles. Disclosure would hinder the detection of crime
undermining 'covert' or 'discreet'  operations. The results would
inevitably be more crime committed and less crime detected. This would
lead to an undermining of public confidence in the police.
In all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining
the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.
 
If I can be any further assistance in this matter, please do not hesitate
to contact me.
 
If you are not satisfied with the decision applied in this case I enclose
for your attention a copy of the Constabulary's appeal procedures.
 
 
Regards
 
 
Sarah Davies
Information Compliance
Professional Standards Department
Tel:  01606 366556

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