Freedom Of Information
PO BOX 9
Tel: 01924 296006
Fax: 01924 292726
Our ref: 3128/17
Dear Mr Mariner,
Thank you for your request for information, received by West Yorkshire Police on 03/07/17.
You requested the following information:
I understand that Dee Collins previously implemented a ban, subsequently overturned, in her previous
Derbyshire remit that stopped officers pursuing a part time business with Utility Warehouse in their
When she moved to West Yorkshire she proceeded to do the same without, as far as I can see, any
Please tell me if she has any vested interest in another MLM company or any connection via family to
the energy or telecommunications business.
Please also give me the reasons why you should see fit to deny a citizen who is a police officer the right
to a private life, guaranteed under European law?
Chief Constable Dee Collins has no interests in any multi-level marketing (MLM) companies, nor does
she have any connections via family to the energy or telecommunications business.
West Yorkshire Police has a Business Interests and Voluntary Working policy which applies to both
police officers and police staff and does not attempt to preclude individuals from undertaking additional
The policy covers the process on notifying when individuals have or wish to pursue a business interest,
and the considerations which will aid in determining if the interest is acceptable or not. Any requests for a
business interest are notified to the Business Interest Team and then considered by the Business
Please see the link below for the Business Interests and Voluntary Working. https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/sites/default/files/files/policies/business_interests_and_voluntary_wo
If you are not satisfied with how this request has been handled or with the information provided, please
read the advice notice attached to this letter. If you do wish to take up your right of complaint, please
remember to quote the reference number above, in any future correspondence.
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conducted, regardless to the original decision made.
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timeframe from the date of the decision letter. They must include the original FOI Reference Number and
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West Yorkshire Police
FOI Internal Reviews
PO Box 9
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review within 20 working days. However this date may be extended in exceptional circumstances, by
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