Ivanel Bernard Elong

Dear Cleveland Police,
Can you please give me a list of the Armed Response Vehicles used for the Firearms Unit from 2015-2020?

Details
-Date: 2015-2020
-Model Year
-The Vehicle Make & Model
-Type of Vehicle (Including Van's Wheelbase, Roof Size and Numbers of Wheels)
-Number of Doors (Example: 3-Door, 5-Door etc)
-Marked or Unmarked
-The Year the Vehicle was Commissioned
-The Year the Vehicle was Decommissioned
-Video Camera (Yes or No)

Part 2
1. When Cleveland Police purchase BMW X5 (G05)s? (Date: Day, Month and Year)
2. How many BMW X5 (G05)s did Cleveland Police purchase or have?
3. When did the BMW X5 (G05)s were Commissioned to Cleveland Police? (Date: Day, Month and Year)

I saw a request made by one of my relatives similar to mine but the reason I decided to send this request because your response to her didn't have much details like the Model Year. Also, I know that Cleveland Police and Durham Constabulary are a joint Police force but can you please just give the Firearms Unit Vehicles from Cleveland Police Fleet. Not Durham Constabulary.

Yours faithfully,

Ivanel Bernard Elong

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Enquiry Ref: 13125/2021

I acknowledge receipt of your request for information received by this office on 27th July 2021.

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Dear Mr Elong,

Enquiry Ref: 13125/2021

I write in connection with your request for information dated 26th July 2021 and received by this office on 27th July 2021. Below are the questions raised in your request and our response?

Can you please give me a list of the Armed Response Vehicles used for the Firearms Unit from 2015-2020?
Details
-Date: 2015-2020
-Model Year
-The Vehicle Make & Model
-Type of Vehicle (Including Van's Wheelbase, Roof Size and Numbers of Wheels)
-Number of Doors (Example: 3-Door, 5-Door etc)
-Marked or Unmarked
-The Year the Vehicle was Commissioned
-The Year the Vehicle was Decommissioned
-Video Camera (Yes or No)
Part 2
1. When Cleveland Police purchase BMW X5 (G05)s? (Date: Day, Month and Year)
2. How many BMW X5 (G05)s did Cleveland Police purchase or have?
3. When did the BMW X5 (G05)s were Commissioned to Cleveland Police? (Date: Day, Month and Year)
a) We have attached a document that contains all of the information we have been able to retrieve for anything else we would rely on the following:

Section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 places two duties on public authorities. Unless exemptions apply, the first duty at Section 1(1) (a) is to confirm or deny whether the information specified in a request is held. The second duty at Section 1(1) (b) is to disclose information that has been confirmed as being held. Where exemptions are relied upon, Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act requires that I provide the applicant with a notice which: a) states that fact b) specifies the exemption(s) in question and c) state (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption applies.

Cleveland Police can neither confirm nor deny that it holds any further information relevant to your request as the duty in Section 1(1) (a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not apply, by virtue of the following exemption:
Section 31(1) (a) & (b) Law Enforcement;
This should not be taken as an indication that the information you have requested is or is not held by Cleveland Police.

Section 31 is a prejudiced based qualified exemption and there is a requirement for us to evidence harm in confirming or denying whether information is held and also to consider the public interest.
Factors favouring Disclosure:
The Police Service is charged with enforcing the law, preventing and detecting crime and protecting the communities we serve and there is a public interest in the transparency of policing operations to ensure investigations, enquiries, etc. are dealt with appropriately.
Factors favouring Non-Disclosure:
Irrespective of whether information is or is not held, to confirm to the world whether a police force was or was not investigating a particular matter or whether any information was or was not held about specified subject could reveal policing activity. The Police Service will never disclose information which could identify investigative activity and therefore undermine their investigations. To do so would hinder the prevention or detection of crime.
Balancing Test:
Irrespective of whether information is or isn’t held, public safety and the ability to deliver effective law enforcement is of paramount importance to the Police Service. Confirmation or denial of whether information is held would undoubtedly compromise law enforcement. As much as there is public interest in knowing that policing activity is appropriate and balanced in matters of investigative matters both locally and nationally this will only be overridden in exceptional circumstances. It is our opinion that for these issues the balancing test for disclosure is not made out.
No inference can be taken from this that the information you have requested does or does not exist.

Please note any statistical data supplied in relation to Freedom of Information requests is a snapshot of data held at the time the request was received by the Freedom of Information office and is subject to constant change/updates.

The Cleveland Police response to your request is unique and it should be noted that Police Forces do not use generic systems or identical procedures to capture and record data therefore responses from Cleveland Police should not be used as a comparison with any other force response you receive.

If you are not satisfied with this response or any actions taken in dealing with your request you have the right to request an independent internal review of your case under our review procedure. The APP College of Policing guidance states that a request for internal review should be made within 20 working days of the date on this response or 40 working days, if extenuating circumstances to account for the delay can be evidenced.

We have made every effort to ensure a response was provided within statutory deadlines, however due to current circumstances delays have been unavoidable. If your response was late we apologise for any inconvenience it may have caused and thank you for your patience. If we can be of any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact this office.

Yours sincerely,

Ms E McGuigan
Freedom of Information Decision Maker
Directorate of Standards and Ethics
Cleveland Community Safety Hub | 1 Cliffland Way | Hemlington | TS8 9GL
E-mail: [email address]

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Ivanel Bernard Elong

Dear Freedom of Information,
I appreciate the response but you respond to Part 1 of my request. I don't see any response that relates to Part 2 of my request. Here it is again just in case you need it.

Part 2
1. When Cleveland Police purchase BMW X5 (G05)s? (Date: Day, Month and Year)
2. How many BMW X5 (G05)s did Cleveland Police purchase or have?
3. When did the BMW X5 (G05)s were Commissioned to Cleveland Police? (Date: Day, Month and Year)

Yours sincerely,

Ivanel Bernard Elong

Freedom of Information, Cleveland Police

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Dear Mr Elong,

Enquiry Ref: 13125/2021

Please find below a slightly amended version of our earlier response which includes some additional wording based on what we have been advised by the fleet management team.

I write in connection with your request for information dated 26th July 2021 and received by this office on 27th July 2021. Below are the questions raised in your request and our response?

Can you please give me a list of the Armed Response Vehicles used for the Firearms Unit from 2015-2020?
Details
-Date: 2015-2020
-Model Year
-The Vehicle Make & Model
-Type of Vehicle (Including Van's Wheelbase, Roof Size and Numbers of Wheels)
-Number of Doors (Example: 3-Door, 5-Door etc)
-Marked or Unmarked
-The Year the Vehicle was Commissioned
-The Year the Vehicle was Decommissioned
-Video Camera (Yes or No)
Part 2
1. When Cleveland Police purchase BMW X5 (G05)s? (Date: Day, Month and Year)
a) The month and Year is recorded on the attached document
2. How many BMW X5 (G05)s did Cleveland Police purchase or have?
a) Please see attached document
3. When did the BMW X5 (G05)s were Commissioned to Cleveland Police? (Date: Day, Month and Year)
a) As per question 1
We have attached a document that contains all of the information we have been able to retrieve from the fleet management team who have also advised that the roof height/wheelbase info is only relevant if it applies to vans and we only run cars on the operational side, G05 is the BMW brand name for the vehicle chassis.

For anything else we would rely on the following:

Section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 places two duties on public authorities. Unless exemptions apply, the first duty at Section 1(1) (a) is to confirm or deny whether the information specified in a request is held. The second duty at Section 1(1) (b) is to disclose information that has been confirmed as being held. Where exemptions are relied upon, Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act requires that I provide the applicant with a notice which: a) states that fact b) specifies the exemption(s) in question and c) state (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption applies.

Cleveland Police can neither confirm nor deny that it holds any further information relevant to your request as the duty in Section 1(1) (a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not apply, by virtue of the following exemption:
Section 31(1) (a) & (b) Law Enforcement;
This should not be taken as an indication that the information you have requested is or is not held by Cleveland Police.

Section 31 is a prejudiced based qualified exemption and there is a requirement for us to evidence harm in confirming or denying whether information is held and also to consider the public interest.
Factors favouring Disclosure:
The Police Service is charged with enforcing the law, preventing and detecting crime and protecting the communities we serve and there is a public interest in the transparency of policing operations to ensure investigations, enquiries, etc. are dealt with appropriately.
Factors favouring Non-Disclosure:
Irrespective of whether information is or is not held, to confirm to the world whether a police force was or was not investigating a particular matter or whether any information was or was not held about specified subject could reveal policing activity. The Police Service will never disclose information which could identify investigative activity and therefore undermine their investigations. To do so would hinder the prevention or detection of crime.
Balancing Test:
Irrespective of whether information is or isn’t held, public safety and the ability to deliver effective law enforcement is of paramount importance to the Police Service. Confirmation or denial of whether information is held would undoubtedly compromise law enforcement. As much as there is public interest in knowing that policing activity is appropriate and balanced in matters of investigative matters both locally and nationally this will only be overridden in exceptional circumstances. It is our opinion that for these issues the balancing test for disclosure is not made out.
No inference can be taken from this that the information you have requested does or does not exist.

Please note any statistical data supplied in relation to Freedom of Information requests is a snapshot of data held at the time the request was received by the Freedom of Information office and is subject to constant change/updates.

The Cleveland Police response to your request is unique and it should be noted that Police Forces do not use generic systems or identical procedures to capture and record data therefore responses from Cleveland Police should not be used as a comparison with any other force response you receive.

If you are not satisfied with this response or any actions taken in dealing with your request you have the right to request an independent internal review of your case under our review procedure. The APP College of Policing guidance states that a request for internal review should be made within 20 working days of the date on this response or 40 working days, if extenuating circumstances to account for the delay can be evidenced.

We have made every effort to ensure a response was provided within statutory deadlines, however due to current circumstances delays have been unavoidable. If your response was late we apologise for any inconvenience it may have caused and thank you for your patience. If we can be of any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact this office.

Yours sincerely,

Ms E McGuigan
Freedom of Information Decision Maker
Directorate of Standards and Ethics
Cleveland Community Safety Hub | 1 Cliffland Way | Hemlington | TS8 9GL
E-mail: [email address]

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Ivanel Bernard Elong

Dear Freedom of Information,
Okay, does that mean you can or can't give the answers related to Part 2? Again, I still don't see any response related to Part 2 which talks the BMW X5 (G05)s 2019-Present.

Yours sincerely,

Ivanel Bernard Elong

Freedom of Information, Cleveland Police

Dear Mr Elong,

I write in response to your e-mail dated 25th August 2021 and sincerely apologise for the delay in coming back to you but we have staffing issues within the department due to sickness.

In relation to Part 2 of your request we would advise;

Part 2
1. When Cleveland Police purchase BMW X5 (G05)s? (Date: Day, Month and Year)
2. How many BMW X5 (G05)s did Cleveland Police purchase or have?
3. When did the BMW X5 (G05)s were Commissioned to Cleveland Police? (Date: Day, Month and Year)
a) Cleveland Police do not have any BMW X5 (G05)s our records only indicate the purchase and use of BMW X5 Xdrive 30D all commissioned in 2018 or before.

I hope that this now answers your questions and once again I apologise for the delay in coming back to you.

Yours sincerely

Ms E McGuigan
Freedom of Information Decision Maker
Directorate of Standards and Ethics
Cleveland Community Safety Hub | 1 Cliffland Way | Hemlington | TS8 9GL
E-mail: [email address]

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Please do not use social media or email to report crime as we do not monitor these accounts 24/7. Dial 999 in an emergency or visit the contact us section of our website for all reporting options.

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Ivanel Bernard Elong

Dear Freedom of Information,
Thank you for responding to my request.

Yours sincerely,

Ivanel Bernard Elong

Freedom of Information, Cleveland Police

This mailbox is for Freedom of Information requests only and all other
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