Dear West Yorkshire Police,I note from recent media reports that some police officers are themselves paedophiles and,for example,in the case of West Midlands Police Inspector Lee Bartram,where the total number of images recovered was 454, broken down to
8 x Category A, 20 x Category B and 426 x Category C, the images were compared,forwarded and subsequently stored on West Yorkshire`s CAID database.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article...

FOI Q1.When was the West Yorkshire Police CAID database commenced?
FOI Q2.How is the running of the database funded and what were the running costs for the last financial year?
FOI Q3. Presumeably all the various police forces have to contribute towards the running cost, please advise what was the financial contribution made by West Midlands Police in the last financial year?
FOI Q4.Please advise of the current number of specifically authorised staff who run the database, and please advise of their rank and gender, and if there are any civilians involved?
FOI Q5.Please advise who within West Yorkshire Police are allowed to access the database,what clearance do they require, and please advise how outside forces are allowed to access the database?
FOI Q6.Please confirm the total number of static images held in each of the categories A,B,C for each of the past 3 years, and advise if video clips are also retained and,if so,how many,and for the same categories and timespan?
FOI Q7.Please advise,specifically for West Yorkshire Police, when equipment,such as smartphones or computers,are seized containing abusive images how are the images cleared from the equipment and what happens to the equipment then?The equipment might have a lot of data not related to anything criminal so I am unsure as to whether the police have the authority to delete everything.
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The subject is absolutely disgusting and of serious public concern,involving sad individuals from the dregs to the highest levels of society, and it is in the public interest to know how the police are trying to deal with it and the extent of the problem.

Yours faithfully,
Dennis Fallon(BScHons)

Freedom of Information, West Yorkshire Police

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Dear D. Fallon,

Thank you for your request for information which has been logged today.

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, subject to the information not being exempt.

In some circumstances West Yorkshire Police may be unable to achieve this deadline. If this is likely you will be informed at the earliest opportunity.

If you no longer require the information, please inform us at your earliest convenience.

Kind regards
Emily Dawson
Disclosure Officer
Information Management
Tel. 01924 296006

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Dear Emily,
Your response to my request, CAID database, is long overdue, I would appreciate completion.

Yours sincerely,

Dennis Fallon(BScHons)

Freedom of Information, West Yorkshire Police

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Dear D. Fallon,

Please accept our apologies in the delay, please find attached the response to your information request.

Kind regards
Emily Dawson
Disclosure Officer
Information Management
Tel. 01924 296006

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Dear Emily Dawson,Disclosure Officer.
Thank you for a very professional, clear and comprehensive response.
You may be unaware,but in other FOI departments elsewhere there seems to be a miserable attitude of making a big effort to avoid answering any question and avoiding releasing the name of anyone accountable for generating the response.
I hope you continue to maintain a good and positive attitude in the public interest.
I shall mark this request as `closed,all information provided`.
Yours sincerely,

Dennis Fallon(BScHons)