Compensation for wrongful arrest

N Newson made this Freedom of Information request to Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

The request was refused by Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

Dear Sir or Madam,

Please could you tell me how many cases of compensation you have settled in each of the last three financial years (06/07), (07/08) and (08/09) where a payment has been made to an individual who as all or part of his or her claim has alleged wrongful arrest? What was the total value of the compensation payouts in relation to these cases in each of the three financial years

Yours faithfully,

N Newson

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

I am writing in connection to a Freedom of Information request I submitted in May 2009. I asked you to tell me how many cases of compensation you have settled in each of the last three financial years (06/07), (07/08)
and (08/09) where a payment has been made to an individual who as all or part of his or her claim has alleged wrongful arrest? What was the total value of the compensation payouts in relation to these cases in each of the three financial years?

By law, under all circumstances, you should have responsed to my original enquiry by now.

I am therefore also requesting that you conduct an internal review to ascertain why you have failed in your legal obligation to respond to my original request.

Yours faithfully,

N Newson

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Sir/ Madam

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2009120004520

I write in connection with your letter dated 21 December 2009 requesting
that the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) review its response to your
request for information relating to:

* FOIA original case 2009050001786.

The review will be conducted in accordance to the MPS's complaints
procedure. The MPS endeavour to respond to your complaint by 21 January
2010.

Should you have any further inquiries concerning this matter, please
contact me quoting the reference number above.

Thank you for your interest in the MPS.

Yours sincerely

S. Strong
FOIA Policy Research & Complaints Officer

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Are you unhappy with how your request has been handled or do you think the
decision is incorrect?

You have the right to require the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to
review their decision.

Prior to lodging a formal complaint you are welcome and encouraged to
discuss the decision with the case officer that dealt with your request.

Ask to have the decision looked at again –

The quickest and easiest way to have the decision looked at again is to
telephone the case officer that is nominated at the end of your decision
letter.

That person will be able to discuss the decision, explain any issues and
assist with any problems.

Complaint

If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision of
the MPS made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding
access to information you can lodge a complaint with the MPS to have the
decision reviewed.

Complaints should be made in writing and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Public Access Office
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 40 working days.
The Information Commissioner

After lodging a complaint with the MPS if you are still dissatisfied with
the decision you may make application to the Information Commissioner for
a decision on whether the request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of the Act.

For information on how to make application to the Information Commissioner
please visit their website at www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.
Alternatively, phone or write to:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone: 01625 545 700

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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

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Dear Mr Newson

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2009120004520

I am able to provide a full response to your complaint dated 21/02/2010
concerning:
* FOIA complaint on existing closed FOIA request 2009050001786.

DECISION

On the 6th May you placed a FoI Request requesting the following
information:

Please could you tell me how many cases of compensation you have settled
in each of the last three financial years (06/07), (07/08) and (08/09)
where a payment has been made to an individual who as all or part of his
or her claim has alleged wrongful arrest? What was the total value of the
compensation payouts in relation to these cases in each of the three
financial years?

You subsequently placed an internal review on the 21st December 2009
stating 'by law you should have responded to my original enquiry by now.'

The 20th working day for this FoI request was the 8th June 2009. Having
reviewed this request a response was sent by Lynne Howe on the 8th June
2009 via an e-mail. However, it appears that you did not receive the
response. I have attached the response and apologise for any inconvenience
that this may have caused you.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

If you are dissatisfied with this response please read the attached paper
entitled Complaint Rights which explains how to contact the Information
Commissioner with your complaint.

Should you have any further inquiries concerning this matter, please
contact me on 0207 161 3606 or at the address at the top of this letter,
quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Audeeba Ali
Quality and Assurance Advisor

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Are you unhappy with how your request has been handled or do you think the
decision is incorrect?

You have the right to require the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to
review their decision.

Prior to lodging a formal complaint you are welcome and encouraged to
discuss the decision with the case officer that dealt with your request.

Ask to have the decision looked at again ***

The quickest and easiest way to have the decision looked at again is to
telephone the case officer that is nominated at the end of your decision
letter.

That person will be able to discuss the decision, explain any issues and
assist with any problems.

Complaint

If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision of
the MPS made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding
access to information you can lodge a complaint with the MPS to have the
decision reviewed.

Complaints should be made in writing and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Public Access Office
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 40 working days.
The Information Commissioner

After lodging a complaint with the MPS if you are still dissatisfied with
the decision you may make application to the Information Commissioner for
a decision on whether the request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of the Act.

For information on how to make application to the Information Commissioner
please visit their website at www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.
Alternatively, phone or write to:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone: 01625 545 700

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Dave Merccer left an annotation ()

What an odd reply. You'd think they'd have some knowledge, that one department would write the cheques!
possibly you should ask them where in their accounts they record these payments and seek details of this category with as much breakdown as possible?