Airwave Radio Losses

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Dear Lothian and Borders Police,

Please consider this as a request for information under the terms of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Please provide the following information:

1. The number of Lothian and Borders Police Airwave radio losses in each of the last 5 calendar years (including 2012 if possible).
2. The cost of lost Lothian and Borders Police Airwave radio equipment in each of the last 5 calendar years (including 2012 if possible).
3. Any Lothian and Borders Police policy documentation relating to the loss/security of Airwave radio equipment.

In this request please interpret "Airwave radio" as any device capable of transmitting/receiving across the TETRA Airwave radio system, as provided by Airwave Solutions Limited.

Yours faithfully,

Richard Turpin

Lothian and Borders Police

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Dear Mr Turpin


Thank you for your email received 26 December 2012, seeking information.

As requested, I have listed below the number of Airwave Terminals reported 'Lost' in each of the last five calendar years. It should be borne in mind that 'lost' equipment can change on a daily basis as items can be recovered; as such, I can confirm that the data provided is correct up to 26 December 2012 (the date your request was received).

Year No. Reported Lost
2008 8
2009 6
2010 10
2011 4
2012 (up to 26 December) 22

Please note all Airwave Terminals are encrypted. Therefore, if found, the information on them would be inaccessible. As part of the Code of Connection for the Airwave system, each Force has a responsibility to conduct routine audits of Airwave Terminals making sure they are all present and accounted for. During 2012 there was a change in the Forces recording practices which effected the counting process in place for gathering this information. The result of this change is reflected in the figures above

The cost of each Airwave Terminal is £200.

I have attached a summary of the relevant guidance issued to officers on the Loss/Security of Airwave equipment.

If you have any questions about the above or I can help in any other way, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me again. However, under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, you have the right to appeal if you are dissatisfied with the way in which we have dealt with your enquiry. This should be done within 40 working days of receiving this email. If you wish to appeal please contact Rachel Watson, Head of Force Information Unit, Lothian and Borders Police, Police Headquarters, Fettes Avenue, Edinburgh, EH4 1RB. Please note that subsequent to this internal review there is a right of appeal to the Scottish Information Commissioner, Kinburn Castle, Doubledykes Road, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9DS.

Yours Sincerely

Paul Wallace
Force Information Unit
Lothian and Borders Police

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