Complaints for unlawful arrests and/or based on mistaken identity

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Please provide me for each month for the past ten years or the retained period if shorter, per borough (if possible), with the number of complaints by individuals to the MPS for arrests found to be unlawful and the number of complaints by individuals to the MPS for arrests based on mistaken identity.

Please provide this data in a spreadsheet format such as Excel readable format.

To avoid any confusion, the meaning of "arrests to be found unlawful" and "arrests based on mistaken identity" should be the as per the use of these terms in Version .1 of the "Early Deletion Requests - Consideration for the deletion of DNA samples, Fingerprint, PNC Records and CSIS Photographic Images." in the following paragraph: "The PoFA provides that consideration may be given for the early deletion of Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) samples, fingerprint and Police National Computer (PNC) records relating to individuals whose arrest was found to be unlawful and/or based on mistaken identity." (as published at http://www.met.police.uk/foi/pdfs/other_...)

Yours faithfully,

David Mery

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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Mery

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2012060003269
I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 26/06/2012.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

*      "Please provide me for each month for the past ten years or the  
  retained period if shorter, per borough (if possible), with the    
number of complaints by individuals to the MPS for arrests found to  
  be unlawful and the number of complaints by individuals to the MPS  
  for arrests based on mistaken identity.         Please provide this
data in a spreadsheet format such as Excel     readable format.      
  To avoid any confusion, the meaning of "arrests to be found    
unlawful" and "arrests based on mistaken identity" should be the as  
  per the use of these terms in Version .1 of the "Early Deletion    
Requests - Consideration for the deletion of DNA samples,    
Fingerprint, PNC Records and CSIS Photographic Images." in the    
following paragraph: "The PoFA provides that consideration may be    
given for the early deletion of Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA)    
samples, fingerprint and Police National Computer (PNC) records    
relating to individuals whose arrest was found to be unlawful    
and/or based on mistaken identity." (as published at    
http://www.met.police.uk/foi/pdfs/other_...)
        Yours faithfully,         David Mery"

Your request will now be considered in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (the Act).  You will receive a response within
the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act,
subject to the information not being exempt or containing a reference
to a third party.  In some circumstances the MPS may be unable to
achieve this deadline.  If this is likely you will be informed and
given a revised time-scale at the earliest opportunity.

Some requests may also require either full or partial transference to
another public authority in order to answer your query in the fullest
possible way. Again, you will be informed if this is the case.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Your attention is drawn to the attached sheet, which details your
right of complaint.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
write quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

James Prescott
Policy & Support 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, within forty (40) working days
from the date of the refusal notice, and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Public Access Office
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF
[email address]

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 20 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

Total Policing is the Met's commitment to be on the streets and in your
communities to catch offenders, prevent crime and support victims. We are
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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Mery

Freedom of Information Act Request Reference No: 2012060003269
I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 26/06/2012.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

·             Please provide me for each month for the past ten years or
the retained period if shorter, per borough (if possible), with the    
number of complaints by individuals to the MPS for arrests found to be
unlawful and the number of complaints by individuals to the MPS     for
arrests based on mistaken identity.        

Please provide this data in a spreadsheet format such as Excel readable
format.  To avoid any confusion, the meaning of "arrests to be found
unlawful" and "arrests based on mistaken identity" should be the as per
the use of these terms in Version .1 of the "Early Deletion     Requests -
Consideration for the deletion of DNA samples,     Fingerprint, PNC
Records and CSIS Photographic Images." in the     following paragraph:
"The PoFA provides that consideration may be given for the early deletion
of Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA)     samples, fingerprint and Police
National Computer (PNC) records relating to individuals whose arrest was
found to be unlawful     and/or based on mistaken identity."
(as published at
http://www.met.police.uk/foi/pdfs/other_...)
       

Yours faithfully,        
David Mery

This is to inform you that I cannot identify any specific records /
documents that will satisfy your request based on the details you have
provided.  To enable the MPS to meet your request could you please provide
this office with further information.  I provide some guidance that may
assist you more clearly describe the information you require:

Having requested information for the Performance Analysis Unit within the
Directorate of Professional Standards I must inform you that search
criterias will be under the following headings:-

Unlawful arrest / detention
Mistaken Identity.

There may be complaints recorded in this category that do not include the
key words in the summary and therefore would not be included in the data
we can provide.

Can you please confirm that you wish your application for information to
be processed using the 'key word' search listed above?

After receiving your reply, your request will then be considered and you
will receive the information requested within the statutory timescale of
20 working days, subject to the information not being exempt or containing
a reference to a third party.

However, if the requested additional information has not been received by
8th August 2012 I will assume you no longer wish to proceed with this
request and will treat it as withdrawn.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Your attention is drawn to the attached sheet which details your right of
complaint.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please write
or contact Margaret Bunker on telephone number 02071616511 quoting the
reference number above.

Yours sincerely,

Margaret Bunker
Information Manager
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, within forty (40) working days from
the date of the refusal notice, and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Public Access Office
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF
[email address]

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 20 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

Total Policing is the Met's commitment to be on the streets and in your
communities to catch offenders, prevent crime and support victims. We are
here for London, working with you to make our capital safer.

 

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authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
reached with other employees or agents.  The security of this email and
any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned
but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

 

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Dear Ms Bunker,

Thank you for your email asking for more information. Based on your guidance, I confirm that I wish my application for information to be processed using search criteria under the following headings:

Unlawful arrest
Unlawful detention
Unnecessary arrest
Unnecessary detention
Mistaken Identity

Please provide this data for each month or per year if not available on a monthly basis, for the past ten years or the retained period if shorter, per borough if possible or for the whole Met force otherwise. Please provide this data in a spreadsheet format such as Excel readable format.

Yours faithfully,

David Mery

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Mery

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2012060003269

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 26/06/2012.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

* Please provide me for each month for the past ten years or the
retained period if shorter, per borough (if possible), with the    
number of complaints by individuals to the MPS for arrests found to be
unlawful and the number of complaints by individuals to the MPS for
arrests based on mistaken identity.        
* Please provide this data in a spreadsheet format such as Excel
readable format.        
* To avoid any confusion, the meaning of "arrests to be found unlawful"
and "arrests based on mistaken identity" should be the as     per the
use of these terms in Version .1 of the "Early Deletion Requests -
Consideration for the deletion of DNA samples,     Fingerprint, PNC
Records and CSIS Photographic Images." in the following paragraph:
"The PoFA provides that consideration may be given for the early
deletion of Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) samples, fingerprint and
Police National Computer (PNC) records relating to individuals whose
arrest was found to be unlawful and/or based on mistaken identity."
(as published at    
http://www.met.police.uk/foi/pdfs/other_...)
       

 

Yours faithfully,        

David Mery.

Following receipt of your request searches were conducted within the MPS
to locate information relevant to your request.

EXTENT OF SEARCHES TO LOCATE INFORMATION

To locate the information relevant to your request searches were conducted
at The Directorate of Professional Standards and The MPS Complaints and
Discipline records.

RESULT OF SEARCHES

After consultation with our Performance Analysis Unit (PAU) we contacted
you in order to clarify the information you are seeking.  We were unable
to search using the criteria set out by yourself and after informing you
of this matter you clarified your request using terminology suggested by
the PAU but with a warning that this would not capture all the information
you are seeking thereby would not be an accurate record . The specific
information in your request is not held on any database searched within
the Directorate of Professional Standards.

Consequently the searches failed to locate any information relevant to
your specific request, therefore, the information you have requested is
not held by the MPS.

This notice concludes your request for information. I would like to take
this opportunity to thank you for your interest in the MPS.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Your attention is drawn to the attached sheet which details your right of
complaint.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please write
or contact Margaret Bunker on telephone number 02071616511 quoting the
reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Margaret Bunker
Information Manager
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, within forty (40) working days from
the date of the refusal notice, and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Public Access Office
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF
[email address]

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 20 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

Total Policing is the Met's commitment to be on the streets and in your
communities to catch offenders, prevent crime and support victims. We are
here for London, working with you to make our capital safer.

 

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NOTICE - This email and any attachments may be confidential, subject to
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the intended recipient. If you have received this email in error, please
notify the sender and delete it from your system.  To avoid incurring
legal liabilities, you must not distribute or copy the information in this
email without the permission of the sender. MPS communication systems are
monitored to the extent permitted by law.  Consequently, any email and/or
attachments may be read by monitoring staff. Only specified personnel are
authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
reached with other employees or agents.  The security of this email and
any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned
but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

 

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)'s handling of my FOI request 'Complaints for unlawful arrests and/or based on mistaken identity'.

It is hardly credible that the MPS has no record of any complaint for unlawful arrest, unlawful detention, unnecessary arrest, unnecessary detention or mistaken Identity; especially after receiving assistance suggesting some of these headers as search criteria and also considering they are all used by the IPCC which obviously receives some of this information from the MPS (and from other forces).

The refusal notice explained that 'The specific information in your request is not held on any database searched within the Directorate of Professional Standards'. Possibly the requested information is in MPS databases outside the DPS.

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

Yours faithfully,

David Mery

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Mery

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2012080000704

I write in connection with your request for a review of the original MPS
decision relating to 2012060003269 which was received by the Metropolitan
Police Service (MPS) on 05/08/2012.  

Your request for a review will now be considered in accordance with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act).  You will receive a response to
your request for a review of the original MPS case within a timescale of
20 working days.  In some circumstances the MPS may be unable to achieve
this deadline.  If this is likely you will be informed and given a revised
time-scale at the earliest opportunity.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Your attention is drawn to the attached sheet, which details your right of
complaint.

Yours sincerely

James Prescott
Policy & Support 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, within forty (40) working days from
the date of the refusal notice, and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Public Access Office
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF
[email address]

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 20 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

Total Policing is the Met's commitment to be on the streets and in your
communities to catch offenders, prevent crime and support victims. We are
here for London, working with you to make our capital safer.

 

Consider our environment - please do not print this email unless
absolutely necessary.

NOTICE - This email and any attachments may be confidential, subject to
copyright and/or legal privilege and are intended solely for the use of
the intended recipient. If you have received this email in error, please
notify the sender and delete it from your system.  To avoid incurring
legal liabilities, you must not distribute or copy the information in this
email without the permission of the sender. MPS communication systems are
monitored to the extent permitted by law.  Consequently, any email and/or
attachments may be read by monitoring staff. Only specified personnel are
authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
reached with other employees or agents.  The security of this email and
any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned
but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

 

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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Mery

Freedom of Information Internal Review Reference No: 2012080000704

I write in connection with your correspondence dated 06/08/2012 requesting
that the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) review its response dated
01/08/2012 to your request for information relating to Freedom of
Information Request reference number 2012060003269.  The request was for
the following information:  

Please provide me for each month for the past ten years or the retained
period if shorter, per borough (if possible), with the number of
complaints by individuals to the MPS for arrests found to be unlawful and
the number of complaints by individuals to the MPS for arrests based on
mistaken identity.        

Please provide this data in a spreadsheet format such as Excel readable
format.        

To avoid any confusion, the meaning of "arrests to be found unlawful" and
"arrests based on mistaken identity" should be the as     per the use of
these terms in Version .1 of the "Early Deletion Requests - Consideration
for the deletion of DNA samples,     Fingerprint, PNC Records and CSIS
Photographic Images." in the following paragraph: "The PoFA provides that
consideration may be given for the early deletion of Deoxyribonucleic Acid
(DNA) samples, fingerprint and Police National Computer (PNC) records
relating to individuals whose arrest was found to be unlawful and/or based
on mistaken identity." (as published at
http://www.met.police.uk/foi/pdfs/other_...)

Following a request for clarification on 11/07/2012, this was clarified on
15/07/2012 as follows:

Based on your guidance, I confirm that I wish my application for
information to be processed using search criteria under the following
headings:

Unlawful arrest
Unlawful detention
Unnecessary arrest
Unnecessary detention
Mistaken Identity

Please provide this data for each month or per year if not available on a
monthly basis, for the past ten years or the retained period if shorter,
per borough if possible or for the
whole Met force otherwise. Please provide this data in a spreadsheet
format such as Excel readable format.

DECISION

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has completed its review and has
decided to:
·        Set aside the original decision

Please find attached the following information relating to your request in
Excel format:

1) Number of allegations where the allegation type was
'Unlawful/Unnecessary Arrest or Detention' (broken down by borough and
month)
2) Number of allegations where the allegation type was
'Unlawful/Unnecessary Arrest or Detention' AND the summary contained the
key word/phrase ‘Mistaken Identity’ (broken down by borough and month).
3) Number of allegations where the allegation type was
'Unlawful/Unnecessary Arrest or Detention' AND the summary contained the
following key words/phrases (broken down by year and result):
·        Unlawful arrest
·        Unlawful detention
·        Unnecessary arrest
·        Unnecessary detention

The data provided in relation to the keyword search (number 3 above) has
not been broken down by month and BOCU.  This is because for the reasons
explained under the ‘Reason for decision’ heading below, I believe that
this was requested based upon a misunderstanding of the information held
electronically and is not likely to provide meaningful data.

The information provided should illustrate the type of information that
can be retrieved from Tribune.  Please advise if you would still require
this information to be broken down by month and borough.

REASON FOR DECISION

Information in relation to complaints received by the MPS is held on a
system called Tribune.

Tribune records an ‘Allegation Type’ in relation to complaints.  The
allegation type relevant to your request is ‘Unlawful/Unnecessary Arrest
Detention’.  The search terms specified in your correspondence are not
used to categorise complaints.  

Following your initial request on 26/06/2012, you were contacted on
11/07/2012 and advised that the MPS could not identify any specific
records / documents that would satisfy your request and asked for further
information.  Further assistance was provided by suggesting the search
criteria that could be used and the caveats that may apply to the data
retrieved.  You replied by requesting that the search criteria used the
following headings:
·        Unlawful arrest
·        Unlawful detention
·        Unnecessary arrest
·        Unnecessary detention
·        Mistaken Identity

The correspondence exchanged in relation to redefining your request
limited the scope of your request to searches of an electronic system
(i.e. Tribune).  Information on the Tribune database is not indexed under
the headings listed above.  You were advised that no information was held
on the basis that it was not possible perform the search requested.

Upon review, I believe that this response was incorrect as it is also
possible to perform searches of the ‘summary’ field which contains free
text.

Although it was not clear in the MPS correspondence dated 11/07/2012, the
suggested methodology was to identify records where the allegation type
was ‘Unlawful/Unnecessary Arrest Detention’.  

The summary field could then be searched for the term ‘Mistaken Identity’
to indicate the number of complaints where this was a factor. It was this
second search that would be subject to the caveat described within the MPS
correspondence dated 11/07/2012 which stated:

‘There may be complaints recorded in this category that do not include the
key words in the summary and therefore would not be included in the data
we can provide.’

This methodology was suggested as complaints are not recorded using the
terms as originally defined within your request.  Therefore, it would not
be possible to identify relevant information without reviewing each
relevant case file.  It may also have been necessary to make a judgement
as to whether a particular incident fell with the definition of the terms
or your request.  This would have required the creation of new information
which the MPS is not required to do.  The only way in which information
relating to the full scope of your request could be retrieved within the
appropriate cost limit (£450 or 18 hours) would be if the request were
initially limited to data held on electronic systems.

The term ‘Mistaken Identity’ is distinct from the allegation type.  The
additional terms specified in your correspondence all contain some degree
of overlap with the words used in the allegation type. Furthermore, any
key word search would not identify any complaints that were not recorded
using the exact key word/phrase in the summary field. A single complaint
record may also contain more than one of the key words which may limit the
value of the information for the purposes of comparison.  Therefore, a
search of the summary field on the terms specified within your
correspondence is unlikely to produce meaningful data.  Due to the
additional time and resources that would be required to provide this
information, please advise as to whether you would still require this
information to be broken down by month and borough.

I would also like to take this opportunity to apologise for any
inconvenience caused by the time taken to provide you with a full response
to your request for an internal review.

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 3705 or at the address at the top of this letter,
quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Brian Wilson
FOIA 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.  

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FOI Complaint
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Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
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Dear Mr Wilson,

Thank you for your review. I will not require this information to be broken down by month and borough.

Yours faithfully,

David Mery