Dear Independent Police Complaints Commission,

Is the Appropriate Authority the Head of the Complaints Unit? (not PSD)

Can there be two designated Appropriate Authorities or is only 1 person allowed?

Yours faithfully,

Joey Smith

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Dear Mr Smith
 
Thank you for your email. I consider your questions to be general
enquiries that can be answered within our normal terms of business rather
than under information rights legislation.
 
In response to your question about whether the appropriate authority is
the Head of the Complaints Unit, I refer you to the definition contained
within section 29 of the Police Reform Act 2002
[1]http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2002....
 
        The appropriate authority for a person serving with the police is:
 

* for a chief officer or an acting chief officer, the local policing
body for the area of the police force of which the officer is a
member; or
* in any other case, the chief officer with direction and control over
the person serving with the police.

 
In practical terms this means that the relevant Police and Crime
Commissioner is responsible for recording and considering complaints about
the Chief Constable or Acting Chief Constable of the police. Complaints
about police officers or staff should be made to the Professional
Standards Department (PSD) of the relevant police force in the first
instance. The PSD records, investigates and manages complaints about
police officers and staff on behalf of the Chief Constable.
 
Turning to your second question: "Can there be two designated Appropriate
Authorities or is only 1 person allowed?"
 
This would depend on the circumstances of the complaint. If, for example,
the complaint related to officers from two different police forces, then
two appropriate authorities would be involved with each considering the
allegations made against their officer. Likewise if the complaint
concerned a Detective Constable as well as the Chief Constable, then the
relevant Police and Crime Commissioner would need be included along with
the PSD, as the appropriate authority for the chief officer.
 
I hope this information has been helpful to you. You may find it useful to
refer to the IPCC's Statutory Guidance as this contains more information
about the police complaints system. This can be found using the following
link: [2]http://www.ipcc.gov.uk/page/statutory-gu...
 
If you have any queries or concerns about this email please do not
hesitate to contact us.  Please remember to quote the reference number
1006638 in any future communications about this request. 
 
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Caroline Wilson
FOI/DPA Advisor
Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC)
PO Box 473
Sale M33 0BW
[3]www.ipcc.gov.uk
[4]IPCC Statutory Guidance on the handling of police complaints
We now regularly publish practical advice and guidance for handling
complaints in our magazine [5]FOCUS
 
 
 

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Dear Independent Police Complaints Commission,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Independent Police Complaints Commission's handling of my FOI request 'Appropriate Authority'.

Instead of beating about the bush trying to avoid answering my request for information directly and replacing it with irrelevant information, please can you answer it with a simple yes or no. I will rephrase the questions.

1) Can there be more than 1 Appropriate Authority for 1 police force?

2) Can there be more than 1 Head of Complaints Unit for 1 police force?

All i require is a simple yes or no for each question.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/a...

Yours faithfully,

Joey Smith

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Thank you for your information request below

Please find attached our response

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Dear Independent Police Complaints Commission,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Independent Police Complaints Commission's handling of my FOI request 'Appropriate Authority'.

I know this piece of legislation very well.

It does not in any way, shape or form answer the question which I asked.

I find it of no coincidence you gave a link to the 'whole' Schedule rather than identifying a sub paragraph that gives the information I requested.

You have misapplied Section 23 because the information is not accessible from the Schedule that you have referred to in your response

Yours faithfully,

Joey Smith

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Dear Mr Smith

Thank you for your email below.

Please find attached our internal review response.

Yours sincerely

Gemma Thomas
Freedom of Information & Data Protection Manager (DPO)
Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC)
90 High Holborn
London WC1V 6BH
www.ipcc.gov.uk

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Dear Gemma Thomas,

In regards to question 1, are you officially confirming that forces are allowed more than 1 delegated 'Appropriate Authority' and more than 1 'Head of Complaints Unit'?

In regards to question 2, does this answer apply to all decisions? (for example decision to disapply, decision to not record, decisions made by the Appropriate Authority)

Yours sincerely,

Joey Smith

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Dear Independent Police Complaints Commission,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Independent Police Complaints Commission's handling of my FOI request 'Appropriate Authority'.

As you have failed to respond, answer my FOI, replied in a prompt manner and in any event within 21 days and have given information not accurate I will appeal to the ICO.

If you want to correct your mistakes I will give you 14 days to do so before I make the appeal.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/a...

Yours faithfully,

Joey Smith

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Dear Mr Smith,

Thank you for your email.

Attached to this email is our response to yours.

Please quote our reference 1006807 in any further correspondence about this request.

Yours sincerely,

IPCC

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