Cambridgeshire Police Helicopter

Richard Taylor made this Freedom of Information request to Cambridgeshire Police Authority

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Richard Taylor

Dear Cambridgeshire Police Authority,

Could you please release a copy of the report from the Chief Constable titled "Air Support - Proposals for Change" listed on the agenda for the 29th June 2011 Police Authority meeting.

Regards,

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Richard Taylor
Cambridge
http://www.rtaylor.co.uk

Richard Taylor left an annotation ()

Background to this request is available at:

http://www.rtaylor.co.uk/cambs-pa-0611.h...

Ronnie Yellon,

[1][FOI #78280 email]

Dear Mr Taylor,

We acknowledge receipt of your Freedom of Information FOI) request by
email received on 30 June 2011 which I repeat below for ease of reference:

"Could you please release a copy of the report from the Chief Constable
titled "Air Support - Proposals for Change" listed on the agenda for the
29th June 2011 Police Authority meeting"

Your request will now be considered in accordance with the Freedom of
Information (FOI) Act 2000. You will receive a response within the
statutory timescale as defined by the Act. If we require any further
clarification regarding this request, you will be notified.

We would advise you that the nature of some requests may involve payment
of a fee. If this is the case, you will be notified.

Yours sincerely,

Ronnie Yellon

Policy & Performance Manager

Cambridgeshire Police Authority

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Ronnie Yellon,

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28 July 2011

Dear Mr Taylor

Your request for information

I write in response to your request under the Freedom of Information Act
2000 (the Act) received by Cambridgeshire Police Authority on 1 July 2011
as follows:

"Could you please release a copy of the report from the Chief Constable
titled `Air Support - Proposals for Change' listed on the agenda for the
29th June 2011 Police Authority meeting."

Your request will be dealt with under the Act.

I can confirm that Cambridgeshire Police Authority holds the
information. The documents are attached.

A number of redactions have been made as shown on the attached report and
appendices. The main reasons for the redactions are as follows:

. S43 - 2 (Commercial interests - information is exempt as its
disclosure under the Act would be likely to prejudice commercial interests
of any person)

. S24 (National Security)/S31 (Law enforcement) - information
which is likely to impact upon the prevention or detection of crime).

Should you be unhappy with the way your FOI request has been dealt with,
your attention is drawn to the attached sheet which details your right of
complaint.

Yours sincerely,

Ronnie Yellon

Policy and Performance Manager

Cambridgeshire Police Authority

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Doug Paulley left an annotation ()

These redactions are not done properly; simply highlighting, copying and pasting reveals the content.

Winston Smith left an annotation ()

Richard, or WDTK I think you really ought to delete this document and allow the authority to provide a better redaction. Really not fair to leave it here like this.

If we don't act honourably within the spirit of the Act then we can't really expect 'them' to, can we?

You may find that they will co-operate with us all better if you do.

WS

Richard Taylor left an annotation ()

Winston,

I will bring your annotation to the attention of the WhatDoTheyKnow.com team.

WhatDoTheyKnow has a process for assessing requests to take information down.

As the requestor, in this case, I wouldn't play any part in that deliberation.

My view though is that the redactions were all inappropriate.

The material redacted on "National Security" grounds simply states that London's police helicopters are often busy so we in Cambridgeshire shouldn't rely on being able to call on them. I don't think anything beyond the obvious has been stated.

As for the financial information; I think all public sector spending ought be available to the public - and such information will be accessible be via the open period under the audit commission act; though only on a historical basis.

Other material appears to have been redacted simply on the grounds it might cause the authority embarrassment, it reveals other authorities are fighting [harder than them] to keep their local helicopter.

I note the authority have been happy to publish material I would have thought might reasonably be redacted - the amount of time it typically takes police helicopters to reach various areas of the country and their ranges; however I can see that anyone with the incentive to create such maps from openly available data could do so.

One thing I think this response shows is that the Police Authority was unnecessarily secretive; as almost all of the report was released following a FOI requests - why was the whole thing kept out of the public meeting papers?

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Richard Taylor
Cambridge
http://www.rtaylor.co.uk

Winston Smith left an annotation ()

Richard, according to your profile you are one of the 'volunteers' who runs this website! Surely this puts you in a good position to make the necessary file deletion or influence those who should?

Alex Skene left an annotation ()

Due to the conflict of interest, the WhatDoTheyKnow team will take into account Richard's views when deciding whether it is in the public interest to take down the information or not, but he will have no say in the team's deliberations or final decision.

As a general rule, the WhatDoTheyKnow team have regard to the PCC's Editors' Code of Practice (http://pcc.org.uk/cop/practice.html) when deciding where the balance of public interest lies.

Regards
Alex - WhatDoTheyKnow volunteer

Richard Taylor left an annotation ()

The Police Authority has now published the document in full on its website:

http://www.cambs-pa.gov.uk/user_files/me...

It is marked:

"[ORIGINALLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION – by virtue of paragraphs 3 and 7 of Part 1 of the revised schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972]
PUBLISHED 2ND SEPTEMBER 2011"

Christopher Meadowcroft,

Please note the document is now public and is displayed on the Police
Authority's website.

The link can be found below:

[1]http://www.cambs-pa.gov.uk/user_files/me...

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