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Access to photographs.

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Dear West Mercia Police,

Please can you answer the following questions?:

1. How does a victim of a crime obtain a copy of the photographs, taken by a SOCO, of him and his injuries, and of the crime scene (in this case his own home)?

2. Is it possible to access the abovementioned photographs (see Q1) using a subject access request?

3. Are the any restrictions as to when such photographs (mentioned in Q1) can be copied and given to the victim?

4. Please can you provide me with a copy of the consent form template (or the wording of the consent form) that a victim is asked to sign in order to give the police permission to access his medical records?

Yours faithfully,

J Lee

Information Compliance West Mercia, West Mercia Police

 
 
Dear Sir or Madam
 
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 9616
 
I write in connection with your request for West Mercia Police information
which was dated 29th April 2018 and received on 30th April 2018.
 
Your request will now be considered in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (the Act).  You will receive a response within the
statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act, subject to
the information not being exempt or containing a reference to a third
party.  In some circumstances West Mercia Police may be unable to achieve
this deadline.  If this is likely you will be informed and given a revised
time-scale at the earliest opportunity.
 
There may be a fee payable for the retrieval, collation and provision of
the information you request.  If this is the case you will be informed and
the 20 working day timescale will be suspended until we receive payment
from you. If you chose not to make payment then your request will remain
unanswered.
 
Some requests may also require either full or partial transference to
another public authority in order to answer your query in the fullest
possible way. Again, you will be informed if this is the case.
 
Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please write
or telephone the Information Compliance Unit quoting the reference number
above.
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Sue Cale
Information Compliance Administrator
Information Compliance Unit
Warwickshire Police & West Mercia Police
P O Box 55
Hindlip  WR3 8SP
 
DD 01905 331545 (Ext. 2545)
[email address]
 
 
 
 

[1]Putting Victims FirstPutting Victims First
Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police are committed to providing the
best possible service to our communities and putting victims at the heart
of everything we do.

For information on services and support given to our victims by us and our
criminal justice partners visit our websites:

Warwickshire Police: [2]www.warwickshire.police.uk/puttingvictimsfirst
West Mercia Police: [3]www.westmercia.police.uk/puttingvictimsfirst

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Dear Information Compliance West Mercia,

Thank you for your email of acknowledgement.

To clarify...

1. I require a copy of your procedure that governs how a victim of a crime may obtain a copy of the photographs, taken by a SOCO, of him and his injuries, and of the crime scene (in this case his own home)?

2. Please, can you provide me with a copy of the consent form template (or the wording of the consent form) that a victim is asked to sign in order to give the police permission to access his medical records?

Yours sincerely,

J Lee

Information Compliance West Mercia, West Mercia Police

 
Dear Sir/Madam
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 9616
I write in connection with your request for information which was received
on 30^th April  2018.  Please find below the response to your request:
1. How does a victim of a crime obtain a copy of the photographs, taken by
a SOCO, of him and his injuries, and of the crime scene (in this case his
own home)?
2. Is it possible to access the abovementioned photographs (see Q1) using
a subject access request?
3. Are the any restrictions as to when such photographs (mentioned in Q1)
can be copied and given to the victim?
4. Please can you provide me with a copy of the consent form template (or
the wording of the consent form) that a victim is asked to sign in order
to give the police permission to access his medical records?
 
REPLY: The Subject Access provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 give
an individual the right to access personal information (information about
themselves) held by organisations.  They will only be entitled to receive
information that identifies them and/or has been supplied by them.
Information about or supplied by a third party may be excluded, summarised
or obscured in accordance with the rights of the third party.
 
Subject to certain exemptions, an individual has the right to be told
whether the force holds any information about them (their 'personal data')
and a right to be provided with a copy of that personal data within a
calendar month.  The Data Protection Act means that in certain
circumstances the Police may decide not to provide some personal data. For
example, the force would not provide personal data if releasing it would
be likely to prejudice policing purposes.
 
[1]https://www.westmercia.police.uk/article...
 
 
Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided by the
force DPO is as accurate as possible
Your attention is drawn to the below which details your right of
complaint.
Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please write
or telephone the Information Compliance Unit quoting the reference number
above.
Yours sincerely
 
Mrs R Williams
Information Compliance Unit
Warwickshire Police & West Mercia Police
PO Box 55
Hindlip
Worcester
WR3 8SP
01905 331545 / 331565
 
West Mercia Police in complying with their statutory duty under sections 1
and 11 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to release the enclosed
information will not breach the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.
However, the rights of the copyright owner of the enclosed information
will continue to be protected by law. Applications for the copyright
owner’s written permission to reproduce any part of the attached
information should be addressed to The Force Solicitor, West Mercia Police
Headquarters, PO Box 55, Hindlip, Worcester, WR3 8SP.
COMPLAINT RIGHTS
Are you unhappy with how your request has been handled or do you think the
decision is incorrect?
You have the right to require West Mercia Police (WMP) to review their
decision.
Prior to lodging a formal complaint you are welcome and encouraged to
discuss the decision with the person that dealt with your request.
Ask to have the decision looked at again -
The quickest and easiest way to have the decision looked at again is to
contact the person named at the end of your decision letter.
That person will be able to discuss the decision, explain any issues and
assist with any problems.
Complaint
If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision of
WMP made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding
access to information, you can lodge a complaint with WMP to have the
decision reviewed. WMP must be notified of your intention to complain
within 20 working days of the date of its response to your Freedom of
Information request. Complaints should be made in writing and addressed
to:
West Mercia Police Headquarters
Information Compliance Unit
Hindlip Hall
Hindlip
PO Box 55
Worcester
WR3 8SP
or
Email:  [West Mercia Police request email]
In all possible circumstances, WMP will aim to respond to your complaint
within 20 working days.
The Information Commissioner
After lodging a complaint with WMP if you are still dissatisfied with the
decision you may make 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 [2]https://ico.org.uk/ Alternatively, phone
or write to:
Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone: 0303 123 1113 (local rate) or 01625 545745 if you prefer to use a
national rate number
Fax:    01625 524 510
 
 
 
 

[3]Putting Victims FirstPutting Victims First
Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police are committed to providing the
best possible service to our communities and putting victims at the heart
of everything we do.

For information on services and support given to our victims by us and our
criminal justice partners visit our websites:

Warwickshire Police: [4]www.warwickshire.police.uk/puttingvictimsfirst
West Mercia Police: [5]www.westmercia.police.uk/puttingvictimsfirst

References

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1. https://www.westmercia.police.uk/article...
2. https://ico.org.uk/
4. https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/putti...
5. http://www.westmercia.police.uk/puttingv...

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