Climate Camp policing costs

Michael MacLeod made this Freedom of Information request to Lothian and Borders Police

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From: Michael MacLeod

Dear Lothian & Borders Police,

Please treat the following questions as a Freedom of Information
I would like any response to be made electronically wherever
possible in spreadsheet form.

This request aims to establish the costs to Lothian and Borders
Police to ensure the safety of the Camp for Climate Action protest
against the Royal Bank of Scotland in Edinburgh in August.
I previously submitted a similar request, however was informed that
Operation Octave was still ongoing.

This time I would like to specify that the information I am
requesting relates only to the dates between which the RBS grounds
were occupied by those connected to Camp for Climate Action.

To be clear, this FOI request relates only to the dates including
and between 19 and 25 August 2010. I do not request information to
any part of legal proceedings or elements of the operation which
may still be ongoing.

Firstly, please state how many officers were involved throughout
the operation's course. Please provide a breakdown for each day if

Secondly, please state the total budget incurred to police the
protest and its various offshoot demonstrations, which were clearly
seen to be linked by the Force in its own press releases.

The protest centred on RBS headquarters at Gogarburn. For this and
and all other locations where police were deployed, please state
state costs of:

*Preparations for the protests (meetings with other organisations)
*Overtime costs
*Extra officer/forces costs
*Dogs, horses and mounted vision costs
*Vehicle costs (extra vans/helicopters)
*Accommodation locations and costs for officers
*Recording the event (using video, stills cameras and other media)
*Clean-up costs (of equipment, vehicles or other police property)
*External communications and press relations
*Costs relating to other events in the city on the same day (sport,
music or Festival events)

If the decision is made to withhold some of this data using
exemptions in the act, please inform me of that fact and cite the
exemptions used.

If you are only able to release some of the information I would ask
that you release this data rather than withhold the entire set.

If you would like more clarification on this issue do not hesitate
to contact me using this site - as I would expect to be contacted
should you need any clarification.

Please can you confirm that you have received this request and I'd
like to remind you that under the freedom of information act 2000
you are bound to respond in 20 working days.

Kind regards,
Michael MacLeod
07855 515747

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Lothian and Borders Police

Dear Mr MacLeod,

Thank you for your email which has been dealt with under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Unfortunately, the information you have asked for (in terms of total costs and officers) is still being collated by the force and are not, as yet, fully known. Consequently, I am afraid, this information still falls under section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002: Information Not Held.

It is unlikely that this information will be fully collated until the end of October (at the very earliest) and I would therefore suggest that you re-apply after that time.

I am sorry that I am unable to be of further assistance at this time; however, if you have any questions about the above or I can help in any other way, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me again. However, under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, you have the right to appeal if you are dissatisfied with the way in which we have dealt with your enquiry. This should be done within 40 working days of receiving this email. If you wish to appeal please contact Rachel Watson, Head of Force Information Unit, Lothian and Borders Police, Police Headquarters, Fettes Avenue, Edinburgh, EH4 1RB. Please note that subsequent to this internal review there is a right of appeal to the Scottish Information Commissioner, Kinburn Castle, Doubledykes Road, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9DS.

Kind regards,
Sarah Hughes-Jones
Force Information Unit
Lothian and Borders Police

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David Hansen left an annotation ()

Time to ask this again. They seem to have something to hide.

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