Breakdown of costs for WDL/UAF protests

Hannah Waldram made this Freedom of Information request to South Wales Police

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Hannah Waldram

Dear South Wales Police,

I would like to make a request under the freedom of information act 2000 regarding the costs to South Wale Police of securing a safe protest between Welsh Defence League and Unite Against Fascism in Cardiff on Saturday 5 June. This was known in the force as operation Phoenix IV.

A budget of £250,000 was incurred to police the protest and counterprotest and I am requesting a breakdown of these costs.

I have listed the following categories as guidance for this breakdown, but please do use your own categories should they be more suitable.

Please break down the £250,000 sum into:

*Preparations for the protests (visiting other demonstrations, negotiating with organisers) - please could you also tell me the date on which the operation began
*Equipment
*Overtime costs
*Extra officer/forces costs
*Dogs and mounted vision costs
*Vehicle costs (extra vans/helicopters)
*Recording the event (using video and other media)
*External communications and press relations
*Costs relating to other events in the city on the same day (sport and music events)

I would prefer to receive this information electronically in a spreadsheet form, and if the decision is made to withhold some of this data using exemptions in the act, please inform me of that fact and cite the exemptions used.

If you are only able to release some of the information I would ask that you release this data rather than withhold the entire set.

If you would like more clarification on this issue do not hesitate to contact me using this site - as I would expect to be contacted should you need any clarification.

Please can you confirm that you have received this request and I'd like to remind you that under the freedom of information act 2000 you are bound to respond in 20 days.

Yours faithfully,

Hannah Waldram

South Wales Police

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Dear Ms Waldram,

I write to advise that I am in receipt of your e-mail dated 7^th June,
regarding the costs to South Wales Police of securing a safe protest
between Welsh Defence League and Unite Against Fascism in Cardiff.

This letter confirms that your request has now been passed to our FOI
officers who will review the contents of your request and establish if a)
your request is valid under the FOI Act and b) if any further
clarification is required from you to allow us to progress further.

Should you wish to contact us regarding your request, please quote
reference number 371/10 on any correspondence? Should you wish to contact
us by e-mail, please do so using the mail box
[1][South Wales Police request email] . (Please do not reply directly to my own
e-mail address as this may result in a further delay to your request).

South Wales Police provides you the right to request a re-examination of
your case under its review procedure (copy attached). If you decide to
request such a review and having followed the Constabulary's full process
you are still dissatisfied, then you have the right to direct your
comments to the Information Commissioner who will give it consideration.

Judith Hammett

Freedom of Information Officer/Swyddog Rhyddid Gwybodaeth

South Wales Police HQ / Pencadlys yr Heddlu

Cowbridge Road / Heol y Bont-Faen

BRIDGEND / PENYBONT AR OGWR

CF31 3SU

Telephone 01656 306161

( Internal / Mewnol: 20663

: Email / E-bost : [2][email address] /
[3][email address]

[4]www.south-wales.police.uk / [5]www.heddlu-de-cyrmru.police.uk

[6][South Wales Police request email]

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Hannah Waldram

Dear South Wales Police,

I am still awaiting your response regarding the cost of policing the WDL/UAF protests. By law you are required to respond within 20 working days of the request.

Please could you contact me if you are having problems with the information or wish to discuss the request.

Yours faithfully,

Hannah Waldram

South Wales Police

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Dear Ms Waldron,

I write in connection with your request for information dated 7^th June,
concerning Operation Phoenix.

Your request for information has now been considered and our response is
attached.

I trust that this information answers your request. Should you have any
queries and wish to contact us by e-mail, please do so using the mail box
[1][South Wales Police request email]. (Please do not reply directly to my own
e-mail address as this may result in a delay to your request).

South Wales Police provides you the right to request a re-examination of
your case under its review procedure (copy attached). If you decide to
request such a review and having followed the Forces full process you are
still dissatisfied, then you have the right to direct your comments to the
Information Commissioner who will give it consideration.

Judith Hammett

Freedom of Information Officer/Swyddog Rhyddid Gwybodaeth

South Wales Police HQ / Pencadlys yr Heddlu

Cowbridge Road / Heol y Bont-Faen

BRIDGEND / PENYBONT AR OGWR

CF31 3SU

Telephone 01656 306161

( Internal / Mewnol: 20663

: Email / E-bost : [2][email address] /
[3][email address]

[4]www.south-wales.police.uk / [5]www.heddlu-de-cyrmru.police.uk

[6][South Wales Police request email]

NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED

South Wales Police is the 6th most improved force nationally for overall
crime reduction, with crime down by 12%
Heddlu De Cymru yw*r 6ed o blith heddluoedd Prydain a wellodd fwyaf o ran
gostwng troseddau cyffredinol, gyda nifer y troseddau 12% yn is

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Hannah Waldram

Dear South Wales Police,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of South Wales Police's handling of my FOI request 'Breakdown of costs for WDL/UAF protests'.

After exceeding the 20 day limit for responding to the request I was told the request would be refused under Section 12 of the FOI Act because the amount of hours it would take to compile the information exceeded the limit.

At no time during those 20 days was I contacted to to narrow my request or see if I could alter the request to something more manageable. Under Section 16 of the Freedom of Information act, it is your duty to advise and assist by contacting me should you find the request unmanageable.

I cannot imagine why no breakdown of the costs to cover the protests is available and I did request that even if only some of the information is available you release this rather than with-holding the whole set.

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

I would ask that an internal review takes place to discover why I was not contacted to discuss the request and more detailed reasons as to why the request was refused under Section 12 of the act.

Yours faithfully,

Hannah Waldram

South Wales Police

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Dear Ms Waldram,

I write to advise that I am in receipt of your e-mail dated 7^th July
requesting an internal review of our response to your earlier request
numbered 371/10.

This letter confirms that your request has now been passed to our FOI
Appeals Officer who will review the contents of your request and establish
if a) your request is valid under the FOI Act and b) if any further
clarification is required from you to allow us to progress further.

Should you wish to contact us regarding your request, please quote
reference number 434/10 on any correspondence. Should you wish to contact
us by e-mail, please do so using the mail box
[1][South Wales Police request email]. (Please do not reply directly to my own
e-mail address as this may result in a further delay to your request).

South Wales Police provides you the right to request a re-examination of
your case under its review procedure (copy attached). If you decide to
request such a review and having followed the Constabulary's full process
you are still dissatisfied, then you have the right to direct your
comments to the Information Commissioner who will give it consideration.

Judith Hammett

Freedom of Information Officer/Swyddog Rhyddid Gwybodaeth

South Wales Police HQ / Pencadlys yr Heddlu

Cowbridge Road / Heol y Bont-Faen

BRIDGEND / PENYBONT AR OGWR

CF31 3SU

Telephone 01656 306161

( Internal / Mewnol: 20663

: Email / E-bost : [2][email address] /
[3][email address]

[4]www.south-wales.police.uk / [5]www.heddlu-de-cyrmru.police.uk

[6][South Wales Police request email]

NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED

South Wales Police is the 6th most improved force nationally for overall
crime reduction, with crime down by 12%
Heddlu De Cymru yw*r 6ed o blith heddluoedd Prydain a wellodd fwyaf o ran
gostwng troseddau cyffredinol, gyda nifer y troseddau 12% yn is

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South Wales Police

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Dear Ms Waldram,

I write in connection with your appeal dated 7^th July 2010 concerning
Freedom of Information Request 371/10.

Your request for information has now been considered and our response is
attached.

I trust that this information answers your request. Should you have any
queries and wish to contact us by e-mail, please do so using the mail box
[1][South Wales Police request email]. (Please do not reply directly to my own
e-mail address as this may result in a delay to your request).

South Wales Police provides you the right to request a re-examination of
your case under its review procedure (copy attached). If you decide to
request such a review and having followed the Forces full process you are
still dissatisfied, then you have the right to direct your comments to the
Information Commissioner who will give it consideration.

Kind Regards

Matthew Jones

Freedom of Information Officer / Swyddog Rhyddid Gwybodaeth

Corporate Information and Technology Department / Adran Technoleg a
Gwybodaeth Corfforaethol

South Wales Police / Heddlu De Cymru

( Internal / Mewnol: 20635

( External / Allanol: 01656 306163

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: E-mail / E-bost: [2][South Wales Police request email]

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South Wales Police is the 8th most improved force nationally for overall
crime reduction, with 14,000 less victims of crime
Heddlu De Cymru yw*r 8fed heddlu sydd wedi gwella orau yn genedlaethol
mewn lleihau troseddau yn gyffredinol, gyda 14,000 yn llai o ddioddefwyr
trosedd

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