Freedom of Information Manager
Room 126 Building 1070
Braintree CM7 4AZ
Telephone: +44 (0)1371 854206
Mr John Smith
Our Ref: eCase: FOI 2019/04590
Date: 30 April 2019
Dear Mr Smith,
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000: MINISTRY OF DEFENCE POLICE:
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT FOR FIREARMS OFFICERS.
We refer to your email dated 10 April 2019 to the Ministry of Defence Police which was
acknowledged on the 11 April 2019.
We are treating your email as a request for information in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (FOIA 2000).
In your email you requested the following information: “Please could you list the personal protective equipment (including eye and ear
protection) and first aid equipment which are issued personally to your firearms
If the equipment varies from location/specialisation, please specify so alongside said
A search for information has now been completed by the Ministry of Defence Police and I
can confirm that we do hold information in scope of your request.
However, we need to advise you that we are withholding the information.
We have completed a public interest test and concluded that the balance favours engaging
a full exemption, under Section 31 Law enforcement.
Although there is a presumption in favour of release under Freedom of Information,Section
31(1) Law enforcement applies because providing details of personal protective equipment
issued to officers, in addition to their location and specialisation, could have a significant
impact on Law enforcement at that location, by revealing force capability which would be of
interest to those with criminal intent.
If you have any queries regarding the content of this letter, please contact this office in the
If you wish to complain about the handling of your request, or the content of this response,
you can request an independent internal review by contacting the Information Rights
Compliance team, Ground Floor, MOD Main Building, Whitehall, SW1A 2HB (e-mail CIO-
Please note that any request for an internal review should be made within 40 working days
of the date of this response.
If you remain dissatisfied following an internal review, you may raise your complaint directly
to the Information Commissioner under the provisions of Section 50 of the Freedom of
Information Act. Please note that the Information Commissioner will not normally investigate
your case until the MOD internal review process has been completed. The Information
Commissioner can be contacted at: Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House,
Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF. Further details of the role and powers of the
Information Commissioner can be found on the Commissioner's website at
Yours sincerely MDP Secretariat and Freedom of Information Office