Cleveland Police's staff confidentiality agreements and related disciplinary actions

Martin McGartland made this Freedom of Information request to Cleveland Police

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Martin McGartland

Dear Cleveland Police,

I would like to request the following information about
Cleveland Police's staff confidentiality agreements and related disciplinary actions:

1. Copies of all confidentiality clauses, agreements or policies that staff are required to abide by. Please include any non-standard clauses which apply to particular groups of staff, or individuals. I am expecting the release of any relevant standard clauses contained within employment contracts as well as relevant policies such as your whistle-blowing policy, and any rules guiding
staff participation in online discussion, blogging and social networking sites.

2. The number of times Cleveland Police staff members
have faced disciplinary actions or proceedings as a result of breaching these confidentiality agreements, policies and clauses.

3. A listing of these disciplinary actions broken down by the date and type of disciplinary action taken (eg verbal warning, demotion, loss of benefit, etc)

4. The number of Cleveland Police staff that have been dismissed as a result of breaching or infringing confidentiality agreements.

5. Of those i) disciplined and ii) dismissed - How many had a defence of whistleblowing?

I would like this data annually for most recent three year period (either calendar or financial depending on how you record such data).

With respect to Cleveland Police policies clauses and
agreements only those that are currently in-force are being
requested.

I would like to clarify that I am only seeking policies etc.
relating to the staff-employer relationship ie. the rules staff agree to follow as individuals.

If one part of this request can be answered sooner than others, pleas supply that information while you are dealing with the rest.

Yours faithfully,

Martin McGartland

Dear Cleveland Police,

You are breaching the FOIA in a number of ways. Can I please have your reply.

Yours faithfully,

Martin McGartland

Dear Cleveland Police,

Can You please let me have your reply.

Yours faithfully,

Martin McGartland

Cleveland Police

Dear Mr McGartland,

Enquiry 2011/3368

I am sorry that you have had to chase me up for a reply to your request, it is still in the process of being worked upon and i hope to provide a reply as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely,

Jim Conlin
FOI Decision Maker
Freedom of Information
Cleveland Police
Wetherby House
Tel 01642 306825

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Dear Cleveland Police,

Thank you for the update. I will await your reply.

Yours faithfully,

Martin McGartland

Martin McGartland

Dear Cleveland Police,

It has been over a month since I heard from you concerning this request. I would be obliged if you could let me have your reply.

Thank you

Martin McGartland

Cleveland Police

Dear Mr McGartland,

Enquiry Ref : 2011/3352

Please accept my apologies for the delay in providing a response to your request resulting in your need to chase us up on the subject twice, unfortunately we have a staffing issue within the department which has resulted in this delay. I have contacted the department who have been tasked with sourcing the information you have requested and I hope to contact with a reply as soon as it practicable.

I hope this has not been of inconvenience to you and your patience is appreciated.

Yours sincerely,

Elaine McGuigan
Freedom Of Information
Cleveland Police Headquarters
Ladgate Lane
Middlesbrough
TS8 9EH

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Martin McGartland

Dear Cleveland Police,

You should have dealt with this matter long before now.

Yours faithfully,

Martin McGartland

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Dear Mr McGartland,

Enquiry Ref : 2011/3352

I enclose our response to your request for information dated 04 August 2011 concerning Information about Cleveland Police's staff confidentiality agreements and related disciplinary actions:

Please accept my apologies for the delay in providing a response to your request resulting in your need to chase me up on the subject; I hope this has not been of inconvenience to you your patience is appreciated.

Below are the questions raised in your request and the answers that I have been able to obtain for you.

I would like to request the following information about Cleveland Police's staff confidentiality agreements and related disciplinary actions:

1. Copies of all confidentiality clauses, agreements or policies that staff are required to abide by. Please include any non-standard clauses which apply to particular groups of staff, or individuals. I am expecting the release of any relevant standard clauses contained within employment contracts as well as relevant policies such as your whistle-blowing policy, and any rules guiding staff participation in on-line discussion, blogging and social networking sites.

2. The number of times Cleveland Police staff members have faced disciplinary actions or proceedings as a result of breaching these confidentiality agreements, policies and clauses.

3. A listing of these disciplinary actions broken down by the date and type of disciplinary action taken (eg verbal warning, demotion, loss of benefit, etc)

4. The number of Cleveland Police staff that have been dismissed as a result of breaching or infringing confidentiality agreements.

5. Of those i) disciplined and ii) dismissed - How many had a defence of whistle blowing?

I would like this data annually for most recent three year period either calendar or financial depending on how you record such data).

With respect to Cleveland Police policies clauses and agreements only those that are currently in-force are being requested.
I would like to clarify that I am only seeking policies etc. relating to the staff-employer relationship ie. the rules staff agree to follow as individuals.

In relation to question 1. I have provided copies of the documents and policies you have requested but should point out that at this time there is no guidance relating to on-line discussion, blogging and social networking sites. In relation to questions 2 - 5, I have made enquiries in order to obtain the information you have requested but must inform you that currently all adverse findings are recorded on individual personal files and not centrally which would require each record to be checked and we currently have approximately 1500 Police Officers and approximately 600 Police Staff. This would require in excess of the appropriate time stipulated by the Secretary of State, that is, eighteen hours. This falls under the exemption of 'Compliance exceeding the appropriate limit' covered by Section 12 (1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and as such this work could not be undertaken.
Therefore, please treat this as a refusal notice under S17 of the Freedom of information Act

If you are not satisfied with this response or any actions taken in dealing with your request you have the right to request that we review your case under our review procedure.

If we can be of any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely,

Miss E McGuigan
Freedom Of Information
Cleveland Police Headquarters
Ladgate Lane
Middlesbrough
TS8 9EH

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Martin McGartland

Dear Cleveland Police,

Thank you for that.

Yours faithfully,

Martin McGartland