Community Patrol Staffing

Edward Michaels made this Freedom of Information request to Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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The request was refused by Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council.

Edward Michaels

Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,
Could you please advise me how many members of staff were on duty for all of the month of April for each shift in your Community Patrol and the length of shift. Please only include Community Patrol staff who worked out on mobile security patrol and not on duty elsewhere
For clarity this is what I am looking for 30 days of data listed
randomly that says:
Community Patrol Report for random day 1
days 8 hours 3 staff
eves 8 hours 3 staff
nights, 8 hours 3 staff,
Community Patrol Report for random day 2
days 8 hours 6 staff
eves 8 hours 4 staff,
nights 8 hours 3 staff,
but obviously with the correct information!
Please ensure you put this data into a random order so it is not possible to identify any shift pattern.
Please note this is a request for historical data so there is no risk to any staff of property
If this is claimed to take than 18 hours please complete until thelimit is used up.

Yours faithfully,

Edward Michaels

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Good Morning,

 

Thank you for your request below, due to the very nature of shift work and
staff rotas, work and staffing patterns are often repeated.

 

The Council is unable to disclose the information requested as we believe
it could still potentially expose properties/sites, serviced by the
Control Room to a risk of criminal activity.

 

The Council also has a duty of care to the people carrying out work and
delivering services on our behalf.

 

Your request is therefore refused, for the reasons cited above.  The
Council is relying on 2 exemptions contained within The Freedom of
Information Act 2000:- Section 31 Law Enforcement Section 38 Health and
Safety.

 

Both exemptions are qualified and therefore subject to the public interest
test. In determining the Public Interest test for Section 31, the Council
believes that disclosure would allow the opportunity for illegal damage to
property.  Furthermore the Council believes that disclosure could allow
for the potential for shift patterns to be identified and this could offer
opportunity for vandalism or damage to property/sites. 

The decision of the Council is to refuse your request, as the factors in
maintaining the exemption outweigh the public interest in disclosure.

 

Section 38 is also a qualified exemption and therefore subject to the
public interest test.  Disclosure of the information requested could
potentially endanger the health and safety of the people who are
delivering services on our behalf.  The decision of the Council is to
refuse your request, as the factors in maintaining the exemption outweigh
the public interest in disclosure.

 

Please be advised that you have the right, under Section 17 of the Freedom
of Information Act 2000 to ask for an internal review of the refusal to
supply the information requested. Please direct any request for an
internal review to [1][Wirral Borough Council request email]

 

 

If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of any internal review you also
have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office,
details of which can be found at this
linkhttps://ico.org.uk/Global/contact_us

 

 

Kind regards,

Tracy O'Hare

Information Management

Transformation and Resources

Wirral Council

 

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Edward Michaels

Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Community Patrol Staffing'.
The reason you give for exemption is not valid.Unfortunately Wirral seems to consistantly seek to avoid giving information. The information I require is on record and the way I have asked for it removes your stated exemption
You currently have four different sources of workforce in your Control Room working 4 different shift patterns.Supervisors, Agency staff,Patrol Officers and Dog Fouling Officers. It would be impossible to identify any shift pattern from the requested information. Further your Community Patrol work a 14 week shift pattern. A snapshot of 30 days from this pattern does not in anyway make identifying 14 weeks possible. Further any shift pattern is for a full crew.Rostered Staffing numbers would always be affected by leave, sickness, swaps,slides,unforeseen circumstances and vacancies etc.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...

Yours faithfully,

Edward Michaels

Corrin, Jane, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Good Afternoon,

Thank you for your further email below, please take this email as our
response to your request for an Internal Review.

As the Reviewing Officer I have taken into account the information you
have requested, the reliance on the exemptions issued to you in the first
response and guidance obtained from the Information Commissioner’s
website.

 

Summary

You asked for numbers of staff who were on duty for Community Patrol over
a specified period of time.  Your request was refused, with Council
relying on exemptions contained within The Freedom of Information Act 2000
at Sections 31 - Law Enforcement and 38 - Health and Safety.

The Council answered that they believed disclosure of the requested
information would constitute a potential risk to properties/sites serviced
by the Council, (Section 31).  Further the Council also cited the duty of
care it has to the people who carry out duties on their behalf, (Section
38).   The public interest factors were taken into account in the first
response and detailed in that response.

 

As the Reviewing Officer, I concur with the response that was originally
given.  The Council still holds the view that disclosure of the
information could allow opportunity for illegal damage to take place.  In
addition the Council is firm on the view that disclosure could allow the
potential for shift patterns to be identified, in turn affording
opportunity for vandalism or damage to property/sites.

In reviewing your request I took guidance from the Information
Commissioner’s guidance on Section 31, available at the following link
[1]http://ico.org.uk/upload/documents/libra...

 I also agree with the view that disclosure of the information could
afford opportunity for endangering health and safety of people who are
delivering these services. 

In reviewing your request I took guidance from The Information
Commissioner’s  guidance on Section 38, see below

[2]http://ico.org.uk/for_organisations/guid...

 

If you remain dissatisfied with this Internal Review, you have the right
to complain to the Information Commissioner at:-

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House, Water Lane,

Wilmslow,

Cheshire SK9 5AF

[3]www.ico.gov.uk    

 

Kind Regards

Jane Corrin

Information and Central Services Manager

Transformation and Resources

Wirral Council

 

 

This information supplied to you is copyrighted and continues to be
protected by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.   You are free
to use it for your own purposes, including any non commercial research you
are doing and for the purposes of news reporting. Any other reuse, for
example commercial publication, would require our specific permission, may
involve licensing and the application of a charge

 

 

From: Edward Michaels [mailto:[FOI #210441 email]]
Sent: 15 May 2014 21:27
To: InfoMgr, FinDMT
Subject: Internal Review 790433 - Edward Michaels - Community Patrol
Staffing (Follow up to 783115 ) - Due 16.06.2014

 

Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

 

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information
reviews.

 

I am writing to request an internal review of Wirral Metropolitan Borough
Council's handling of my FOI request 'Community Patrol Staffing'.

The reason you give for exemption is not valid.Unfortunately Wirral seems
to consistantly seek to avoid giving information. The information I
require is on record and the way I have asked for it removes your stated
exemption

 You currently have four different sources of workforce in your Control
Room working 4 different shift patterns.Supervisors, Agency staff,Patrol
Officers and Dog Fouling Officers. It would be impossible to identify any
shift pattern from the requested information. Further your Community
Patrol work a 14 week shift pattern. A snapshot of 30 days from this
pattern does not in anyway make identifying 14 weeks possible. Further any
shift pattern is for a full crew.Rostered Staffing numbers would always be
affected by leave, sickness, swaps,slides,unforeseen circumstances and
vacancies etc.

 

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on
the Internet at this address:
[4]https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Edward Michaels

 

 

 

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