Freedom of Information Manager
Room 126 Building 1070
Braintree CM7 4AZ
Telephone: +44 (0)1371 854206
Ms Catherine Moughton
Our Ref: eCase: FOI2018/10299 RFI:318/19
Date: 23 September 2019
Dear Ms Moughon, FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000: MINISTRY OF DEFENCE POLICE:
I refer to your e-mail dated 5 September 2019, which was acknowledged on the same date.
We are treating your e-mail as a request for information in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (FOIA 2000).
In your e-mail you requested the following information: “1. I am writing to ask if it would be possible to please provide me the number of
probationary officers currently within your force.
2. If this could also be split by neighbourhood force area I would be very grateful.
(i.e. location posting for your officers)”
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.
We are determining a “probationer” as an officer currently in force who has completed less
than two years service.
1. As of July 2019 – The Ministry of Defence Police have 499 probationary officers.
2. However, we need to advise you that the information for question 2 is being withheld. A
public interest test has been carried out and we have concluded to withhold the information
under the following exemptions.
S24(1) – National Security
S31(1)– Law Enforcement
Section 40(2) has been applied in order to protect personal information as governed by the
Data Protection Act 1998. Section 40 is an absolute exemption and there is therefore no
requirement to consider the public interest in making a decision to withhold the information.
Sections 24, and 31 are prejudice qualified exemptions and there is a requirement to
articulate the harm that would be caused in releasing the information on locations of
Although there is a presumption of release under FOI,Section 24(1) applies as prior
knowledge of the numbers of officers likely to be guarding a specific establishment would
materially assist the planning of an armed attack or other form of disruption.
Although the department is committed to transparency and openness,Section 31(1) applies
as Law enforcement applies because releasing information on Police numbers at specific
locations could compromise law enforcement and security at that location and the security
of those officers working at those sites.
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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
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