Date: 5 August 2013
Stephen House QPM
Our Ref: IM-FOI-2013-0613
FOI Central Processing Unit
173 Pitt Street
Email: [Police Scotland request email]
Paul Hughes By email: mailto:[FOI #167735 email]
Dear Mr Hughes FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) ACT 2002
SUBJECT: Precognition of Officers
I refer to your email dated 5 July 2013, regarding the above which has been handled in
accordance with the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.
For ease of reference, your request is replicated below together with the response. Can you please confirm how many complaints have been received regarding serving
officers refusing to cooperate with Defence precognition agents during the period
2003 until the present day. (By "refusing", I mean failing to give a precognition
statement to a precognition agent as and when requested to do so.)
Can you confirm the rank and/or designation of each officer that a complaint in this
respect relates to.
Can you outline the outcome of the complaints received - that is to say, where a
complaint has been upheld against an officer, what disciplinary action was taken
against the officer as a result of them failing to follow force guidelines in respect of
giving a precognition statement.
Your request for information has now been considered and I can advise you that Police
Service of Scotland does not hold any of the information requested by you. In terms of
Section 17 of the Act, this letter represents a formal notice that information is not held.
By way of explanation, a search of our recording systems has revealed no trace of any such
Finally, in relation to your e-mail dated 5 August 2013, in which you request an explanation
for the short delay in responding to you, I would advise that the requested information could
have been held by several departments within the Force, accordingly, to ensure that a
comprehensive search of all systems was completed numerous departments were asked to
search their recording systems. Unfortunately, in this instance not all of these departments
had completed the searches by 2 August 2013 hence the reason for the short delay in
I trust that the information available is of assistance and should you require any further
assistance concerning this matter please contact me on 0141 435 1262 quoting the reference
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entitled in the first instance and within 40 working days of receiving this letter to request a
review of the decision made by the Force. Should you wish to do so, contact details are;
Police Service of Scotland, FOI Central Processing Unit, 173 Pitt Street, Glasgow, G2 4JS.
Once informed of the Review Panel’s decision, if you are still not satisfied, then you are
entitled to apply to the Scottish Information Commissioner within six months for a decision.
Contact details are; ‘Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner, Kinburn Castle,
Doubledykes Road, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9DS’, telephone 01334 464610.
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