Chief Officer Group Vehicle Allocation

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Geoffrey Goodfellow

Dear Avon and Somerset Constabulary,

I request the below information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000:-

1.) The make, model and specification (full specification from the purchase) of each vehicle allocated to each member of police staff and police officer making up the Chief Officer Group.
2.) The cost of purchase for each vehicle and the date of purchase
3.) Confirm or negate whether each vehicle is equipped with emergency lighting and audible equipment
4.) The current police driving qualification (standard / response / advanced) of each member of police staff and officer that makes up Chief Officer Group together with the date that the said member passed their driving qualification or indeed the last date they were reassessed against the requirements of the driving qualification
5.) The most common marked police vehicle currently in use by your force
6.) The cost (average cost if necessary) for the purchase of the most commonly purchased vehicle as per question 5.

I am conscious that claim may be laid with regards to exemptions being available in respect of my questions relating to costings under Section 43(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (Commercial Interests). Nonetheless, I would like to reassure you that other forces have provided this information and I would ask that, should you consider applying this exemption, you consider carefully the difference between 'commercial interests' and 'financial interests' as I do not feel the release of such information would indeed prejudice any further commercial interests but simply allow your force to be accountable with regards to the expenditure of public finances.

I look forward to your response.

Yours faithfully,

Geoffrey Goodfellow

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Mr Geoffrey Goodfellow Our Reference 170/16

[FOI #312706 email]
Date 27 January 2016
 

 

Dear Mr Goodfellow

 

I write in connection with your request for information dated 26^th
January 2016 concerning the chief officer group. This request will be
dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

Your request will now be considered and you will receive a response within
the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act. In some
circumstances Avon and Somerset Constabulary may be unable to achieve this
deadline if consideration needs to be given to the public interest test.
If this is likely you will be informed and given a revised time-scale at
the earliest opportunity.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Rebecca Pritchard

Freedom of Information Officer

Corporate Information Management Department

 

Please note;

1.     Requests and responses may be published on Avon and Somerset
Constabulary’s website (within 24 hours), some of which may contain a link
to additional information, which may provide you with further
clarification.

2.     Whilst we may verbally discuss your request with you in order to
seek clarification, all other communication should be made in writing.

3.     Avon and Somerset Constabulary provides you with the right to
request a re-examination of your case under its review procedure.

 

 

 

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Geoffrey Goodfellow

Good morning,

With regards to my request made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, some other forces have asked me to clarify point 3 in relation to "emergency lighting and audible equipment". Just for sake of clarity, by this, I am referring to sirens and klaxons whether they be overt or covert.

Yours sincerely,

Geoffrey Goodfellow

#Freedom of Information Requests, Avon and Somerset Constabulary

 

Corporate Information Management Department

Force Headquarters, PO Box 37, Valley Road,

Portishead, Bristol, BS20 8QJ

Facsimile 01275 814667

    

 

Geoffrey Goodfellow Our 170/16
Reference
<[FOI #312706 email]> Your  
reference
Date 23
February
2016

   

 

Dear Mr Goodfellow

 

I write in connection with your request for information dated 26^th
January under the Freedom of Information Act.

 

I regret to inform you that Avon and Somerset Constabulary have not been
able to complete its response to your request by the date originally
stated. 

 

I now advise you that the amended date for a response is no later than
23^rd March.  This is due to consideration being given to the application
of a qualified exemption, namely section 31 relating to law enforcement
and section 43 relating to commercial interests, as such will require
further consideration regarding the public interest test.  I can assure
you that every effort will be made to ensure an appropriate response will
be made within this new timescale.

 

May I apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your
request.

 

Yours sincerely

 

R Pritchard

 

Freedom of Information Officer

Corporate Information Management Department

 

 

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Geoffrey Goodfellow Our Reference 170/16
   
[FOI #312706 email] Date 23 March 2016

 

 

 

Dear Mr Goodfellow

 

I write in connection with your request for information dated 26^th
January under the Freedom of Information Act.

 

Specifically you asked for:

     1.) The make, model and specification (full specification from the

     purchase) of each vehicle allocated to each member of police staff

     and police officer making up the Chief Officer Group.

     2.) The cost of purchase for each vehicle and the date of purchase

     3.) Confirm or negate whether each vehicle is equipped with

     emergency lighting and audible equipment

     4.) The current police driving qualification (standard / response /

     advanced) of each member of police staff and officer that makes up

     Chief Officer Group together with the date that the said member

    passed their driving qualification or indeed the last date they

     were reassessed against the requirements of the driving

     qualification

     5.) The most common marked police vehicle currently in use by your

     force

     6.) The cost (average cost if necessary) for the purchase of the

     most commonly purchased vehicle as per question 5.

    

     I am conscious that claim may be laid with regards to exemptions

     being available in respect of my questions relating to costings

     under Section 43(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000

     (Commercial Interests). Nonetheless, I would like to reassure you

     that other forces have provided this information and I would ask

     that, should you consider applying this exemption, you consider

     carefully the difference between 'commercial interests' and

     'financial interests' as I do not feel the release of such

     information would indeed prejudice any further commercial interests

     but simply allow your force to be accountable with regards to the

     expenditure of public finances.

 

2^nd February

With regards to my request made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000,
some other forces have asked me to clarify point 3 in relation to
"emergency lighting and audible equipment". Just for sake of clarity, by
this, I am referring to sirens and klaxons whether they be overt or
covert.

 

The personal vehicles of ACPO ranked officers are detailed below and form
part of their employment package, each contract is individually
negotiated.

 

+------------------------------------------------------------------------+
|Car|Car |Cost |Purchase date |Emergency |Make and |
| | | | |equipment fitted|Model |
|---+-----------------+-------+--------------+----------------+----------|
|A |Chief Constable |£22,600|February 2016 |Y |Exempt S43|
|---+-----------------+-------+--------------+----------------+----------|
|B |DCC |£28,964|December 2015 |Y |Exempt S43|
|---+-----------------+-------+--------------+----------------+----------|
|C |ACC |£26,154|November 2015 |Y |Exempt S43|
|---+-----------------+-------+--------------+----------------+----------|
|D |ACC |£20,608|March 2010 |Y |Exempt S43|
|---+-----------------+-------+--------------+----------------+----------|
|E |ACC |£26,317|On Order |Y |Exempt S43|
|---+-----------------+-------+--------------+----------------+----------|
|F |CFO and Director |£21,250|September 2012|Y |Audi |
| |or Resources | | | | |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------+

 

These cars concern all members of the Chief Officer Group, including one
ACC who is currently seconded.

 

Unfortunately I am unable to disclose the make, model and specification of
these vehicles as this information is deemed commercially sensitive. The
exemption to this is Car F as the information is already in the public
domain.

 

The exemption applicable to this is section 43 commercial interests.  This
is a qualified and prejudice-based exemption and as such a harm and public
interest test has been conducted.

 

Harm in Disclosure

To confirm the make and model of the vehicles would have a negative impact
on the Constabulary and the company(s) involved.  Whilst it is expected
that the amount we spend on such vehicles would be in the public’s
interest and has been disclosed, to reveal the manufacturer that supplied
the vehicles would hinder the Constabulary's negotiation position with the
Company(s) in question and any alternative companies we may wish to use in
the future if there is an expectation to disclose.

 

Public Interest Test

Considerations Favouring Disclosure

By disclosing this information, could contribute to the quality and
accuracy of public debate.

 

Considerations Favouring Non-Disclosure

As public funds would be expended, it is in the public’s interest that the
most competitive negotiations are achieved. For example companies may
offer a discounted rate to the public sector, should a private
organisation or indeed an alternative public authority establish that they
are paying more for the same type of vehicle, the company may no longer be
in a position to offer such discounts and room to negotiate is hindered. 
Ultimately the public would pay more which would have a negative impact on
police resources as less funds would be available for other areas of
policing.  This will of course vary from force to force depending on their
current arrangements.

 

Balance Test

In considering the arguments for disclosure or non-disclosure, whilst the
value of public debate is recognised, the ability of the Constabulary to
further negotiate in the future is in the public’s interest.  This would
potentially affect the expenditure of public funds, together with our
ability to effectively policy our community. 

 

In this instance there is a public interest to be accountable with regards
to expenditure. To provide the make and model may be interesting to some,
however this is different to being in the public interest.

 

On balance the decision is that the required information will not be
disclosed on this occasion. In accordance with the Act, this represents a
Refusal Notice for this part of your request.

 

With regards to question 4 members of staff are not required to undertake
additional driver training to enable them to drive standard classes of
vehicles, it is accepted that if a member of staff has a valid driving
licence for a particular class of vehicle they are permitted to drive the
appropriate/relevant force vehicles.  Only those individuals in roles
which require an enhanced level of driving standard for example pursuit.

 

The most common marked car on the fleet is now the Vauxhall Astra
'Response' car, batches of which have been entering service for two years
now. The average cost of these cars is £16,319.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Rebecca Pritchard

Freedom of Information Officer

Corporate Information Management Department

 

 

Please note:

1.     Requests and responses may be published on Avon and Somerset
Constabulary’s website (within 24 hours), some of which may contain a link
to additional information, which may provide you with further
clarification.

2.     Whilst we may verbally discuss your request with you in order to
seek clarification, all other communication should be made in writing.

3.     Avon and Somerset Constabulary provides you with the right to
request a re-examination of your case under its review procedure (copy
attached).

 

 

 

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