Chief Officer Group Vehicles

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Geoffrey Goodfellow

Dear West Midlands Police,

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 (sirens and klaxons - whether overt or covert)
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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Dear Mr Goodfellow

 

FOI Request Reference: 001488/16

 

Thank you for your request for information, received 02/02/2016.

 

REQUEST

 

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 (sirens and klaxons -

     whether overt or covert)

     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.

 

 

RESPONSE

 

We can confirm that some relevant information is held by West Midlands
Police. However, while the majority of the information is attached to this
email I am afraid that I am not required by statute to release all of the
information requested. This letter serves as a Refusal Notice under
Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) for the
requested information that has not been released.

REASONS FOR DECISION

 

The Freedom of Information Act places two responsibilities on public
authorities, the first of which is to confirm what information it holds
and secondly to then disclose that information, unless exemptions apply.

 

In this case, this letter represents a Refusal Notice for the information
that has not been released. The information is exempt by virtue of the
following exemptions:

 

Section 40 (2) Personal Information

 

These exemptions and explanatory notes are shown here:

 

http://www.west-midlands.police.uk/docs/...

 

Section 40 (2) is an absolute and class based exemption if to release the
information exists would breach the third party’s data protection rights. 
In this case to release this personal information would not constitute
fair processing of the data and therefore would breach the first of the
principles within the Data Protection Act 1998. As this exemption is class
based I am not required to identify the harm in disclosure and in this
instance I believe that the right to privacy outweighs any public interest
in release.

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Yours sincerely,

 

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Freedom of Information Unit

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dennis fallon left an annotation ()

Geoffrey,what an excellent FOI request,the Police Gravy Train is still on track and the Slush Fund only requires a top up from increased Council Tax.It`s great to spend other people`s money.You might chase up the `extras`fitted and why the BMW costs differ so much.Something to hide?

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