BTP CCTV SOPs and use in strip search rooms

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Dear British Transport Police,

Can you please provide me with:

1) The SOPs referenced on page 2 of SOP/184/09, namely:
1a) CCTV Project Engagement Guidance (SOP1)
1b) CCTV Data Collection and Retrieval (SOP2)
1c) CCTV Data Processing (SOP3)

2) The number of BTP custody suites.

3) The number of BTP custody suites that have CCTV cameras installed in rooms where strips and intimate searches are carried out (in contradiction to the BTP policy described in http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/cc...).

4) For each of the BTP custody suites that have CCTV cameras installed in rooms where strips and intimate searches are carried out:
4a) their address.
4b) the date CCTVs cameras were installed in rooms where strips and intimate searches are carried out.
4c) the number of times images recorded by these CCTV cameras have been accessed or viewed following a complaint.
4d) the number of times images recorded by these CCTV cameras have been accessed or viewed when there was no complaint, and the reasons for doing so.
4e) the sex of officers having access to the footage of these CCTV cameras.
4f) the rank of the officers having access to the footage of these CCTV cameras.

Yours faithfully,

David Mery

Dear British Transport Police,

May I remind you that a response to this FOI request was due by 2011-11-16. If the response is further delayed, can you please let me know when you will respond.

Yours faithfully,

David Mery

P.S. Original request available at http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/bt...

Freedom of information,

Dear Mr Mery,

You have requested a number of documents, unfortunately there is a
technical problem with sending that amount of pdf data as an attachment.
Our Technology Service desk is attempting to resolve this matter and you
will receive a response as soon as I receive a resolution to this
problem.

Best regards,

Vanessa Osborne
Information Standards Co-ordinator, Information Standards Unit

British Transport Police, Force Headquarters, 25 Camden Road, London,
NW1 9LN
office 020 7830 6731 (internal 46731)
fax 020 7023 6958
email [email address]
www.btp.police.uk

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Dear Ms Osborne,

Thank you for informing me that the response is ready and of your technical issue. If your technology service desk can't solve the attachment problem, it may be easier to arrange for saving the documents on a USB key or a CD that you could either send me or that I could pick up. Let me know what works best for you.

Yours sincerely,

David Mery

Freedom of information,

Dear Mr Mery,

Further to my email below. The size of the attachments exceed the
permitted attachment limit. The only option is to send you the documents
on CD ROM.
In order to do this I require a mailing address. I would be therefore
grateful if you send me details of your postal address so I can send you
a response.

Best regards,

Vanessa Osborne
Information Standards Co-ordinator, Information Standards Unit

British Transport Police, Force Headquarters, 25 Camden Road, London,
NW1 9LN
office 020 7830 6731 (internal 46731)
fax 020 7023 6958
email [email address]
www.btp.police.uk

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Osborne, Vanessa,

Dear Mr Mery,

 

I confirm that arrangements have been made as per our discussion

 

Best regards,

 

Vanessa Osborne

Information Standards Co-ordinator, Information Standards Unit

 

British Transport Police, Force Headquarters, 25 Camden Road, London, NW1
9LN

office 020 7830 6731 (internal 46731)

fax 020 7023 6958

email [email address]

www.btp.police.uk

 

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Dear Ms Osborne,

Many thanks for preparing the CD, which I picked up earlier from the reception.

Yours sincerely,

David Mery

David Mery left an annotation ()

The response part of the letter I received is:
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In accordance with Section 1 of FOIA I can confirm that British Transport Police (BTP) hold the information requested and can provide the following information:

Q1 Please see the documents saved on the CD ROM [see below]

Part of section 3.2.1 of CCTV Data Processing ver 2.0 SOP is exempt from release under S31(1)(c) Administration of Justice. There is no public interest in releasing an email address and telephone number that is for purely for internal use. The harm would be that the release of information into the public domain could mean staff waste time filtering out requests that they should not be dealing with.

Q2 Ten BTP custody suites which includes six in London, two in Scotland, one at Liverpool and one at Manchester

Q3 All ten custody suites have CCTV in rooms where strip searches are being carried out. You should note that this is not in contradiction to the CCTV in Custody SOP as it is only a draft SOP and is still awaiting sign off. Nor are BTP in breach of the SDH Guidelines which states that strip/ searches can be carried out in a room with CCTV as long as the recording of the search is necessary and proportionate

Q4 A Please see document saved on the CD ROM which lists the full address details of all The Force Custody suites (this is a two page document)

Q4 B-F Information not held
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Here are links to all the documents I received. I've renamed them so their filename should be self-explanatory:
http://gizmonaut.net/foia/2011-11-23_BTP... (58 KB)
http://gizmonaut.net/foia/2011-11-23_BTP... (15 KB)
http://gizmonaut.net/foia/2011-11-23_BTP... (2.9 MB)
http://gizmonaut.net/foia/2011-11-23_BTP... (10 MB)
http://gizmonaut.net/foia/2011-11-23_BTP... (8.1 MB)
http://gizmonaut.net/foia/2011-11-23_BTP... (5.0 MB)

David Mery left an annotation ()

I've analysed some of this information in http://gizmonaut.net/blog/uk/2011/11/btp...

David Mery left an annotation ()

How the fairness and proportionality of the CCTV recording of strip searches mentioned in the answer to Q3 is determined, is something I keep wondering about so I've just asked the BTP for the available recorded information about this (as they're the only force to record such events).

Request posted at http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/cr...

David Mery left an annotation ()

Should be 'necessity and proportionality' in my previous annotation.

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