Warwickshire Police Tactical Firearms Unit Armed Response Vehicles Fleet in 2015-2020

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Dear Warwickshire Police,
What type of vehicles that were used as a Armed Response Vehicles or what Armed Response Vehicles were uesd for Warwickshire Police Tactical Firearms Unit?

Details
Model Year

Manufacturer/Make of The Police Vehicle

Model of The Police Vehicle

The Year the Police Vehicle was commissioned
Years:2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Marked or Unmarked Vehicle

If the Police Vehicle has a video camera or not (If you don't know about this information, that's OK)

Police Vehicle Body Structure
Type of Vehicle (Cars) (Coupe, Estate/Caravan/Wagon, Hatchback Liftback, Saloon/Sedan etc...)
Vans (Combi, Minibus, Panel Van) Wheelbase (Long, Medium, Short) Roof Size (High, Low, Medium or Jumbo)
Type of BMW X5: sDrive25d, xDrive30d, xDrive40d, xDrive30d xLine, xDrive40i, xDrive45e, X5 M etc..

Number of Doors on the Police Vehicle
Example: 2-Door, 3-Door, 4-Door, 5-Door, etc...

Number of that Specific Police Vehicle
Example: We had 12 2020 BMW X5 For the Warwickshire Police Tactical Firearms Unit

Part 2
When did the Tractical Firearms Unit for the Warwickshire Police ONLY was formed? (Date or Year)
When did Warwickshire Police had Armed Response Vehicles? (Date or Year)
What major event led to the formation of the Warwickshire Police Tactical Firearms Unit or it was just because a rising number of gun crimes in the county of Warwickshire?

For Your Information: I understand that Warwickshire Police shared the same Firearms Unit with West Merica Constabulary but just to be clear I want the Tactical Firearms Unit Armed Response Vehicles from Warwickshire Police Fleet Workshops (ONLY). Not West Mercia Constabulary.

Yours faithfully,

Agnes Elong

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Dear Agnes Elong

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 199-2021 

 

I write in connection with your request for information and clarification
received on 3rd March 2021 as follows:

 

What type of vehicles that were used as a Armed Response Vehicles or what
Armed Response Vehicles were uesd for Warwickshire Police Tactical
Firearms Unit?

 

Details

Model Year

 

Manufacturer/Make of The Police Vehicle

 

Model of The Police Vehicle

 

The Year the Police Vehicle was commissioned Years:2015, 2016, 2017, 2018,
2019, 2020

 

Marked or Unmarked Vehicle

 

If the Police Vehicle has a video camera or not (If you don't know about
this information, that's OK)

 

Police Vehicle Body Structure

Type of Vehicle (Cars) (Coupe, Estate/Caravan/Wagon, Hatchback Liftback,
Saloon/Sedan etc...) Vans (Combi, Minibus, Panel Van) Wheelbase (Long,
Medium, Short) Roof Size (High, Low, Medium or Jumbo) Type of BMW X5:
sDrive25d, xDrive30d, xDrive40d, xDrive30d xLine, xDrive40i, xDrive45e, X5
M etc..

 

Number of Doors on the Police Vehicle

Example: 2-Door, 3-Door, 4-Door, 5-Door, etc...

 

Number of that Specific Police Vehicle

Example: We had 12 2020 BMW X5 For the Warwickshire Police Tactical
Firearms Unit

 

Part 2

When did the Tractical Firearms Unit for the Warwickshire Police ONLY was
formed? (Date or Year) When did Warwickshire Police had Armed Response
Vehicles? (Date or Year) What major event led to the formation of the
Warwickshire Police Tactical Firearms Unit or it was just because a rising
number of gun crimes in the county of Warwickshire?

 

For Your Information: I understand that Warwickshire Police shared the
same Firearms Unit with West Merica Constabulary but just to be clear I
want the Tactical Firearms Unit Armed Response Vehicles from Warwickshire
Police Fleet Workshops (ONLY). Not West Mercia Constabulary.

 

 

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Dear Agnes Elong
 
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 199-2021
 
I write in connection with your request for information which was received
on 3^rd March 2021. Please find below the response to your request:
Request:
Part 1
What type of vehicles that were used as a Armed Response Vehicles or what
Armed Response Vehicles were uesd for Warwickshire Police Tactical
Firearms Unit?
 
Details
Model Year
 
Manufacturer/Make of The Police Vehicle
 
Model of The Police Vehicle
 
The Year the Police Vehicle was commissioned Years:2015, 2016, 2017, 2018,
2019, 2020
 
Marked or Unmarked Vehicle
 
If the Police Vehicle has a video camera or not (If you don't know about
this information, that's OK)
 
Police Vehicle Body Structure
Type of Vehicle (Cars) (Coupe, Estate/Caravan/Wagon, Hatchback Liftback,
Saloon/Sedan etc...) Vans (Combi, Minibus, Panel Van) Wheelbase (Long,
Medium, Short) Roof Size (High, Low, Medium or Jumbo) Type of BMW X5:
sDrive25d, xDrive30d, xDrive40d, xDrive30d xLine, xDrive40i, xDrive45e, X5
M etc..
 
Number of Doors on the Police Vehicle
Example: 2-Door, 3-Door, 4-Door, 5-Door, etc...
 
Number of that Specific Police Vehicle
Example: We had 12 2020 BMW X5 For the Warwickshire Police Tactical
Firearms Unit
 
Part 2
When did the Tractical Firearms Unit for the Warwickshire Police ONLY was
formed? (Date or Year) When did Warwickshire Police had Armed Response
Vehicles? (Date or Year) What major event led to the formation of the
Warwickshire Police Tactical Firearms Unit or it was just because a rising
number of gun crimes in the county of Warwickshire?
 
For Your Information: I understand that Warwickshire Police shared the
same Firearms Unit with West Merica Constabulary but just to be clear I
want the Tactical Firearms Unit Armed Response Vehicles from Warwickshire
Police Fleet Workshops (ONLY). Not West Mercia Constabulary.
       
 
Response:
Please find the Warwickshire Police response set out below:
 
Part 1 Response:
 
Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 requires Warwickshire
Police, when refusing to provide such information (because the information
is exempt) to you the applicant 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.
 
I can confirm that Warwickshire Police only holds information in respect
of your request for 2020; however the following exemption applies to part
of the requested information:
 
Section 31 - Law Enforcement
 
Section 31(1)(a)(b) Law Enforcement states:
 
(1) Information which is not exempt information by virtue of section 31 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
 
Section 31 is a prejudice based qualified exemption which requires the
prejudice (harm) to be evidenced and a public interest test to be carried
out. This means it can only be used if the public interest test favours
non-disclosure.
 
Application of the prejudice test (HARM):
 
Disclosing the identity of all armed response vehicles would reveal
tactical resources available to the force and would undermine the force’s
operational ability by allowing those intent on committing crime to
identify police presence and assist them in avoiding detection and evading
apprehension.
 
If this request was submitted nationally and the information disclosed
this awareness would provide a geographical picture of the tactical Armed
Response Vehicle strength of each individual force
 
Public Interest Test
 
Factors in favour of disclosure: 
To disclose the details of Armed Response Vehicles used by Warwickshire
Police would give the public confidence that public money was being spent
on the most appropriate type of vehicles.
 
Factors in favour of non-disclosure:
To release into the public domain specific details of all Warwickshire
Police’s armed response vehicles would be likely to increase the risk of
the information being used for criminal activity. This is the same basis
for finding that the exemption is engaged.
 
It is widely known that police forces use unmarked covert/sensitive
vehicles as part of their delivery of effective operational law
enforcement, however, to reveal the number and details of these vehicles
would reveal tactical resources available to the force and would undermine
ongoing covert investigations.
Balance Test:
For a public interest test, issues that favour disclosure need to be
measured against issues that favour non-disclosure.
Whilst the value of transparency and the right for the public to know how
funds are spent is recognised, there is no further tangible benefit to the
public interest in identifying information in relation to vehicles in
specialised roles. The ability to deliver effective law enforcement is of
paramount importance and Warwickshire Police will not divulge information
if to do so would have an adverse effect on the force’s ability to prevent
and detect crime.
Therefore, on balance, it is considered that the public interest in
providing the information is outweighed by the potential impact release
would have on future law enforcement activities and this represents a
refusal notice for information in relation to vehicles in specialised
roles.
The information that can be provided is set out below.
BMW X5
Volvo XC90
Part 2 Response:

 1. The current Warwickshire Firearms Unit was formed as a standalone unit
in October 2019.

 
2) No specific information held -Warwickshire Police have maintained a
firearms capability for decades. I cannot give an exact date when it was
first established.
 
 
3) No Specific information held. It is a national requirement that forces
maintain a firearms capability.
 
Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided is as
accurate as possible
 
Your attention is drawn to the below which details your right of
complaint.
 
Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please write
or email the Freedom of Information Unit quoting the reference number
above.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Sabina Harris
Freedom of Information Officer
Freedom of Information Unit
Warwickshire Police
PO Box 4
Leek Wootton
Warwickshire
CV35 7QB
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Warwickshire Police, thank you for responding to my request. I understand that you couldn't give me all the information I ask for.

Yours sincerely,

Agnes Elong