Freedom Of Information
PO BOX 9
Tel: 01924 296006
Fax: 01924 292726
Our ref: 1812/21
Thank you for your request for information received by West Yorkshire Police on 22/03/21.
You requested the following information:
I would like to request an up-to date fleet list as of the date 20/03/2021. In this, please include:
Unit they are attached to
Marked or Unmarked
Please see the attached document.
West Yorkshire Police is unable to provide you with the vehicle location and any information relating to
covert or Armed Response Vehicles (ARVs) as this infromation is exempt by virtue of Section 31(1)–
Law Enforcement. Please see Appendix A, for the full legislative explanation.
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.
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 creates a statutory right of access to information held by public
authorities. A public authority in receipt of a request must, if permit ed, state under Section 1(a) of the
Act, whether it holds the requested information and, if held, then communicate that information to the
applicant under Section 1(b) of the Act.
The right of access to information is not without exception and is subject to a number of exemptions
which are designed to enable public authorities, to withhold information that is unsuitable for release.
Importantly the Act is designed to place information into the public domain. Information is granted to one
person under the Act, it is then considered public information and must be communicated to any
individual, should a request be received.
Your request for information has been considered and I regret to inform you that West Yorkshire Police
cannot comply. This letter serves as a Refusal Notice under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information
Section 17 of the Act provides:
(1) A public authority which, in relation to any request for information, is to any extent relying on a claim
that information is exempt information must, within the time for complying with Section 1(1), give the
applicant a notice which:-
(a) States the fact,
(b) Specifies the exemption in question, and
(c) States (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption applies.
REASONS FOR DECISION
The reason that we are unable to provide you with this information is covered by the following
Section 31 (1)(a)(b)(c) Law Enforcement
Section 31 is qualified prejudice based exemption as such requires both evidence of harm (prejudice)
and a public interest test to be evidenced.
To disclose information relating to location and covert/ARVs used by West Yorkshire Police would
provide those intent on commit ing criminal activities with the range and close areas covered by these
vehicles. To disclose this information alongside the rest of the fleet would highlight the forces capabilities
in these areas, ultimately undermining their purpose. Undermining the policing purpose would hinder
West Yorkshire Police’s ability in conducting its law enforcement role effectively, subsequently
prejudicing the prevention and detection of crime.
Factors favouring disclosure
To disclose this information would adhere to the basic principle of being open and transparent, it would
also provide reassurance to the public that West Yorkshire Police have a number of different resources
available to prevent and detect crime.
Factors favouring non-disclosure
The release of this information would have a negative impact on the communities that the police service
are trying to protect, by informing criminals of the capabilities of the force. Law enforcement tactics would
be compromised and individuals would be placed at risk as the release of this information would mean
that the criminal fraternity would be educated as to the number and types of vehicles, thus allowing them
to deduce our policing capacity in this area and take measures to evade capture. In addition there is
potential for the vehicle to be targeted by criminals which again undermines our ability to appropriately
protect the public and carry out our roles.
When considering whether disclosure is appropriate, I must weigh the strongest reason for disclosure
against the strongest reasons for non-disclosure. In this case, whilst the factors favouring disclosure are
important in that it would adhere to the basic principle of being open and transparent, I believe when
weighed against the risk of disclosure undermining our ability to prevent and detect crime and hindering
our ability to protect the public, then non-disclosure takes precedence
1. Are you unhappy with how your request has been handled or do you think the decision is incorrect?
You have the right to request that West Yorkshire Police review their decision. Prior to lodging a formal
complaint, you are encouraged to discuss the decision with the case officer that dealt with your request.
2. Ask to have the decision looked at again
The quickest and easiest way to have the decision looked at again, is to telephone the case officer that
is nominated at the end of your decision letter. That person wil be able to discuss the decision,
explaining any issues.
If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision made by West Yorkshire Police under
the Freedom of Information Act 2000, you can lodge a writ en complaint to have the decision internally
A West Yorkshire Police internal review of your decision wil be carried out by a senior member of staff,
who is fully trained in interpreting Freedom of Information legislation, yet is independent with regards to
the original decision made.
Complaints wil only be treated as valid, if they are received by West Yorkshire Police within a 60 day
timeframe from the date of the decision letter. They must include the original FOI Reference Number and
can only be submitted in writing by using the following contact details:
West Yorkshire Police
FOI Internal Reviews
PO Box 9
In all possible circumstances West Yorkshire Police wil aim to complete and respond to your internal
review within 20 working days. However this date may be extended in exceptional circumstances, by
another 20 working days.
4. The Information Commissioner
If you are still dissatisfied with the internal review decision made by West Yorkshire Police, you may then
make an application to the Information Commissioner for a decision on whether the request for
information has been dealt with in accordance with the requirements of the Act.
For information on how to make application to the Information Commissioner please visit their website at
Alternatively, you can phone their helpline or write to them at:
Information Commissioner's Office
FOI Help Line: 0303 1231113