Additional policing costs associated with Wireless Festival 2017

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),
As a Hackney resident living close to Finsbury Park I was very aware of the increased need for police presence in the area around the Wireless Festival. The surrounding streets were the site of large amounts of anti-social behaviour, drug-taking, and vehicular offences. MPS officers were clearly under a lot of pressure. I am particularly interested in the cost of this additional police activity, and whether the Festival organisers contribute to those costs.

Therefore, I would be pleased if you could tell me:
1. Does the MPS receive any money from the festival organisers in recognition of the the police role in maintaining safety for festival attendees?
2. If so, how much?
3. Does the MPS receive any money from the festival organisers in recognition of the police role in maintaining the safety of the public in the surrounding neighbourhoods, during, and after the festival?
4. If so, how much?
5. What additional costs were incurred by the MPS in policing the event itself and the policing of the neighbourhood, if it is possible to disaggregate these?

Thank you

Yours faithfully,

Barry Jackson

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Jackson

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2017070000393

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 10/07/2017.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

* As a Hackney resident living close to Finsbury Park I was very aware
of the increased need for police presence in the area around the
Wireless Festival. The surrounding streets were the site of large
amounts of anti-social behaviour, drug-taking, and vehicular offences.
MPS officers were clearly under a lot of pressure. I am particularly
interested in the cost of this additional police activity, and whether
the Festival organisers contribute to those costs. Therefore, I would
be pleased if you could tell me: 1. Does the MPS receive any money
from the festival organisers in recognition of the the police role in
maintaining safety for festival attendees? 2. If so,  how much? 3.
Does the MPS receive any money from the festival organisers in
recognition of the police role in maintaining the safety of the public
in the surrounding neighbourhoods, during, and after the festival? 4.
If so, how much? 5. What additional costs were incurred by the MPS in
policing the event itself and the policing of the neighbourhood, if it
is possible to disaggregate these?

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),
By law public bodies are required to respond promptly to FOI requests.
By now I should have received a response to my FOI request 'Additional policing costs associated with the Wireless Festival 2017'.
If there are special circumstances which have required you to delay your response longer than the statutory 20 working days, then please inform me.

Yours faithfully,

Barry Jackson

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Jackson,

Thank you for your e-mail. I am sorry that the MPS has not been able to provide you with a response within the 20 working day timeframe. I can confirm that the person dealing with your request is Andrea Duncan.

Andrea: I would be grateful if you could please provide Mr Jackson with an update on her request.

Thank you.

Regards,

Kolsuma Sultana| FOI Triage Team | 
Strategy & Insight | Strategy & Governance | Met HQ | Metropolitan Police Service
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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Jackson
Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2017070000393
I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 10/07/2017.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

* As a Hackney resident living close to Finsbury Park I was very aware
of the increased need for police presence in the area around the
Wireless Festival. The surrounding streets were the site of large
amounts of anti-social behaviour, drug-taking, and vehicular offences.
MPS officers were clearly under a lot of pressure. I am particularly
interested in the cost of this additional police activity, and whether
the Festival organisers contribute to those costs. Therefore, I would
be pleased if you could tell me:
* 1. Does the MPS receive any money from the festival organisers in
recognition of the police role in maintaining safety for festival
attendees?
* 2. If so,  how much?
* 3. Does the MPS receive any money from the festival organisers in
recognition of the police role in maintaining the safety of the public
in the surrounding neighbourhoods, during, and after the festival?
* 4. If so, how much?
* 5. What additional costs were incurred by the MPS in policing the
event itself and the policing of the neighbourhood, if it is possible
to disaggregate these?

As you are aware,  we have not been able to meet the deadline of 7th
August 2017.  Searched are still currently being conducted, and it is
hoped that the response will be sent to you by Friday 25th August 2017.
     
Please accept my apologies for the delay in responding to you request.
     
 Yours sincerely
     
A Duncan
Information Manager
 

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

I thank you for your apology for the overdue response to my FOI request. I note that you hoped I would receive the response by 25 August. It is now 8 November and the response is now long overdue.
I would be grateful if it could be provided without further delay.

Yours faithfully,

Barry Jackson

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Jackson,

I can confirm that your request is still currently in progress. I have forwarded your email to the Information Manager currently dealing with your request she should be in touch shortly with a response to your query below.

Regards,

Kolsuma Sultana| FOI Triage Team | 
Strategy & Insight | Strategy & Governance | Met HQ | Metropolitan Police Service
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Address: Information Rights Unit, 3rd Floor, PO Box 57192, London, SW6 1SF

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

I am still awaiting an answer to my FOI request, which, by law should have been answered by now under all circumstances.
I would be grateful for a speedy response.

Yours faithfully,

Barry Jackson

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Jackson,

I can confirm that your request is still currently in progress. I have forwarded your email to the Information Manager currently dealing with your request Andrea Duncan, she should be in touch with a response to your query below.

Regards,

Kolsuma Sultana
Administrative Assistant | Freedom Of Information Triage Team | 
Strategy & Insight | Strategy & Governance | Met HQ | Metropolitan Police Service
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Address: Information Rights Unit, 3rd Floor, PO Box 57192, London, SW6 1SF

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

I recognise that the MPS is woefully short of resources,and consequently I have been very patient in waiting for a response to my FOI request. This is now unacceptably overdue. By law, and under all circumstances the request should have been answered several weeks ago.

I request that you give immediate attention to this matter, otherwise I will have no option but to refer it for review.

Yours faithfully,

Barry Jackson

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Jackson

Please accept our apologies for the delay in responding to your request for information.

I still await a response to one of your questions and have chased the individual today.

Following receipt of the answer, I will then need to seek approval for the release of your response letter.

Thus, I hope to respond to you by Friday 26th October.

Apologies once again.

Kind regards,

A. Duncan
Information Manager

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),
I note that you hoped to get the long-delayed response to my FoI request to me by FRiday 26th October. It is now 27th October and no response has been received.
I have been very patient, but now I am left with no alternative but to forward my request to the Information Commissioner for a review of this inadequate response from MPS.

Yours faithfully,

Barry Jackson

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Case reference: 2017070000393

Dear Mr Jackson,

Further to your chaser e-mail, I am sorry that you didn't receive the
response to your request. However, please see the below response which was
sent out on 26.10.2017.

With kind regards,

R. Loizou

 From: Andrea Duncan/mps
 Date: 26/10/2017 14:07:44
 To: [email address]
 Subject: FOIA Full Disclosure

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),
Dear R. Loizu,
I am afraid I saw no response attached to your recent response (30.10.17), nor any link that would take me to a response. Consequently I am still awaiting an answer to this very long-standing FOI request.

Yours faithfully,

Barry Jackson

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr. Jackson,

 

I’m forwarding you the response again, which can be found towards the end
of this e-mail chain. Please do let me know if you are able or unable to
view the response.

 

It appears that the first time that the response was sent to you the
letter ‘m’ from ‘@whatdotheyknow.com’ was accidentally omitted.

 

Apologies for the delay and for the inconvenience caused.

 

With kind regards,

 

R. Loizou.

 

 

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Sent: 31 October 2017 07:50
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Subject: FOIA Full Disclosure

 

Case reference: 2017070000393

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Case number:  2017070000393
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Dear Mr Jackson,
Please accept our apologies for the delay in responding.  
Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2017070000393
I write in response to your request for information that was received by
the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 11 July 2017. I apologise for the
delay in responding to your request and any inconvenience caused. I note
that you seek access to the following information:
"As a Hackney resident living close to Finsbury Park I was very aware of
the increased need for police presence in the area around the Wireless
Festival. The surrounding streets were the site of large amounts of
anti-social behaviour, drug-taking, and vehicular offences. MPS officers
were clearly under a lot of pressure. I am particularly interested in the
cost of this additional police activity, and whether the Festival
organisers contribute to those costs. Therefore, I would be pleased if you
could tell me:
1. Does the MPS receive any money from the festival organisers in
recognition of the police role in maintaining safety for festival
attendees?
2. If so, how much?
3. Does the MPS receive any money from the festival organisers in
recognition of the police role in maintaining the safety of the public in
the surrounding neighbourhoods, during, and after the festival?
4. If so, how much?
5. What additional costs were incurred by the MPS in policing the event
itself and the policing of the neighbourhood, if it is possible to
disaggregate these?"
Following receipt of your request, I have conducted searches to locate
information relevant to your request. These searches located information
that is relevant to your request.
DECISION
I have disclosed the located information to you.
In response to your request for:
"1. Does the MPS receive any money from the festival organisers in
recognition of the police role in maintaining safety for festival
attendees?"
The MPS does receive monies from the festival promoter (Festival Republic)
in the form of a Special Police Services Agreement. A Special Police
Services Agreement allows police services to be provided over and above
core policing at the request of a person or organisation. In some cases
there are powers in law for the police to recover the costs of these
additional policing services.
Additional policing services were provided at the request of Festival
Republic and deployments were agreed by the MPS Gold Commander. The role
of the police at these events is not that of public safety but maintenance
of the Queen's peace and crime and disorder.

"2. If so, how much?"
£91,475.68 inclusive of VAT.

"3. Does the MPS receive any money from the festival organisers in
recognition of the police role in maintaining the safety of the public in
the surrounding neighbourhoods, during, and after the festival?
4. If so, how much?"
In common with all large events nationally, policing outside of the land
owned and controlled by the promoter is at public expense. There have been
several stated cases in the high court setting out what can and cannot be
charged for and the MPS adheres to this guidelines.
I have provided a link to the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC)
'National Policing Guidelines on Charging for Police Services' below.
NPCC National Policing Guidelines on Charging for Police Services
http://www.npcc.police.uk/documents/fina...

"5. What additional costs were incurred by the MPS in policing the event
itself and the policing of the neighbourhood, if it is possible to
disaggregate these?"
The MPS recovered £91,475.68 from the festival promoter (Festival
Republic) in the form of a Special Police Services Agreement. There may
have been other costs attributable to the presence of Wireless Festival.
For example, an arrest within close proximity to Wireless Festival after
its conclusion, may be connected to the event in that the detainee was
only present in Finsbury Park because of the festival. A connection to
Wireless Festival, in this scenario, is unlikely to have been recorded by
the officer making the arrest.
It is accordingly not possible to identify and produce all "additional
costs" that were incurred by the MPS as a result of Wireless Festival. It
should be noted however that the recorded overtime cost for the Wireless
Festival (7-9th July 2017) was, as of 18 August 2017, £43,273 inclusive of
Earnings-Related National Insurance Contributions (ERNIC). This amount
could increase if for instance, an officer hasn't elected their overtime
yet / selected the overtime code for this event. This overtime cost should
be considered alongside the figure of £91,475.68 that was recovered from
Festival Republic.
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This notice concludes your request for information. I would like to thank
you for your interest in the MPS.
Your attention is drawn to the attached sheet which details your right of
complaint.
Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please write
or contact Damion Baird on telephone number 0207 161 6510 quoting the
reference number above.
Yours sincerely

Damion Baird

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),
Thank you for providing the information requested.

Yours faithfully,

Barry Jackson

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