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Stephanie Whitley

Dear Warwickshire Police,

Under the Freedom Of Information Act I request the following information/statistics.

Over the last 5 years the amount of requests the force has has received from TV Licensing/Capita to attend a property to assist with executing a search warrant/prevent a breach of the peace. If possible I would appreciate the total requests actually attended by officers or declined by the force and all broken down by year.

A copy of any guidance/policy/documents relating to assisting TV Licensing (or any private corporations including, but not limited to: Bailiffs, TVL, Councils etc) when attending a property to enforce a warrant, such as deployment criteria, role of impartiality at scene etc.

Over the same period broken down by year, the amount of incidents where the words TV Licence/TV Licensing or BBC are reported and the reason for report, i.e. harassment, assault etc.

Yours faithfully,

Stephanie Whitley

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Dear Stephanie Whitley,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 522-2020

 

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
on 4^th November 2020.  Your request will now be considered in accordance
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Warwickshire Police

 

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Dear Stephanie Whitley

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 522-2020

 

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
on 4^th November 2020 as follows:

 

1. Over the last 5 years the amount of requests the force has received
from TV Licensing/Capita to attend a property to assist with executing a
search warrant/prevent a breach of the peace. If possible I would
appreciate the total requests actually attended by officers or declined by
the force and all broken down by year.

 

2. A copy of any guidance/policy/documents relating to assisting TV
Licensing (or any private corporations including, but not limited to:
Bailiffs, TVL, Councils etc) when attending a property to enforce a
warrant, such as deployment criteria, role of impartiality at scene etc.

 

3. Over the same period broken down by year, the amount of incidents where
the words TV Licence/TV Licensing or BBC are reported and the reason for
report, i.e. harassment, assault etc.

 

Response: Please be advised that the information requested is not held
centrally and is therefore not available in a readily retrievable format. 
Call information is likely to have been recorded against the name of the
individual caller rather than under any specific company and, in order to
attempt to obtain the requested information, it would be necessary to
examine each and every incident during the last 5 years.  Therefore, the
cost of providing you with the information is above the amount to which we
are legally required to respond i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving
the information exceeds the ‘appropriate level’ as stated in the Freedom
of Information (Fees and Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004.

 

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts
as a Refusal Notice for this part of the request and if one part of a
request exceeds the fees limit then S12 of the Act applies to the whole
request

 

In accordance with Section 16 of the Act I have a duty to provide advice
and assistance in relation to your request; however, due to the amount of
records which would need to be examined, I am unable to suggest a way to
pare down your request into one which could be managed within the fees
limit.

 

As a gesture of goodwill I have provided some information based on the
searches undertaken before it was realised that the information could not
be retrieved within the fees limit.  This should not be taken as a
precedent that additional information would be supplied outside of the
time/fees legislation for any subsequent requests.

 

Q1 and Q3: Searches were conducted within the incident text for the
following key terms: ‘TV Licence’, ‘Television Licence’, ‘Capita’ and
‘BBC’ and for all incidents with a disposal code relating to Licencing.  I
can advise that these limited searches did not produce any incidents which
fall within the criteria of your request.  There was one log which
mentioned ‘BBC’; however, this was in relation to the mention of ‘BBC
iPlayer’.  This information should not be viewed as being accurate since
the searches were based upon key terms only.  As stated above, in order to
provide an accurate response it would be necessary to examine each and
every incident during the stated period.

 

Q2: No information held.  Warwickshire Police do not have any documents
specific to assisting TV Licensing (or any private corporations including,
but not limited to: Bailiffs, TVL, Councils etc) when attending a property
to enforce a warrant.

 

Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided is as
accurate as possible

 

Your attention is drawn to the below which details your right of
complaint.

 

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please write
or telephone the Information Compliance Unit quoting the reference number
above.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Rachel Mumford

Freedom of Information Officer

Information Compliance Office
Warwickshire Police

Newbold Road
Rugby
Warwickshire
CV21 2DH

 

Warwickshire Police in complying with their statutory duty under sections
1 and 11 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to release the enclosed
information will not breach the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. 
However, the rights of the copyright owner of the enclosed information
will continue to be protected by law.  Applications for the copyright
owner’s written permission to reproduce any part of the attached
information should be addressed to The Force Solicitor, Warwickshire
Police, Leek Wootton, Warwick, Warwickshire, CV35 7QA.

 

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