Freedom of Information Request 1068-16
To whom it may concern, I wish to enquire using the FOIA for the overall cost of
Operation Trafalgar, evidence based policing. The cost inclusive of:
The studies with Cambridge Uni
Training all frontline officers and PCSOs
The cost of implementing it across the force (approximate pages printed for patrol
plans to date)
The cost of electronic devices trialled to date to monitor such patrols (inclusive of
The cost of staff on the project team, their numbers and respective pay grades
(and ranks for members of the police force)
and any other cost associated with the implementation of trafalgar.
Any any emails relating to the success or failure of the project (that is emails that
show the project in a positive or negative light).
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 the 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 relation your request for emails relating to the success or failure of the project, the
following exemption applies: Section 12 - Exemption where cost of compliance exceeds appropriate limit
Section 12 of the FOIA provides an exemption from a public authority’s obligation to
comply with a request for information where the cost of compliance is estimated to
exceed the appropriate limit.
In relation to your request regarding Operation Trafalgar, the information you have
requested cannot be easily retrieved. We would need to access British Transport Police
email accounts separately to identify any information relating to Operation Trafalgar.
There are 5,500 email users and it is estimated that it would take approximately 5 hours
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to search mailboxes and mail vaults for any emails relating to the success or failure of
Operation Trafalgar (that is emails that show the project in a positive or negative light).
Therefore, we estimate that it would take in excess of 25,000 hours to comply with this
part of your request.
It is estimated that the cost of providing you with the information is above the amount to
which we are legally required to respond i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the
information exceeds the “appropriate level” as stated in the Freedom of Information
(Fees and Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004. In the case of the police service, the
appropriate limit is £450 which has been calculated to equate to a total of 18 hours of
work. If any part of the request exceeds the fees limit then Section 12 applies to the
This letter acts as a refusal notice under section 17(5) of the Freedom of Information Act
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