Dear West Mercia Police,

Can you please give details on the expenses you faced after a visit from Camilla Windsor to Shrewsbury on 27th March 2024?

This could include:
- police/security costs
-staff overtime
-emergency planning
-cctv
-communications
-parking
-other costs
Yours faithfully,

Danni Rawlings

Information Compliance,

Dear Danni Rawlings

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 321193

 

Thank you for your request for information which was received on 27^th
March 2024.  Your request will now be considered in accordance with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“the Act”).

 

We will aim to provide a response to your request within 20 working days
as stipulated by the Act.  Delays happen on occasion but if this is the
case you will be kept up to date.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Information Compliance Assistant | Information Compliance Unit  | West
Mercia Police

Hindlip Hall Police Headquarters, Hindlip Hall, Worcester, WR3 8SP
Team email: [1][email address]

 

References

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Information Compliance,

Dear  Danni Rawlings,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 321193

 

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
on 27^th March 2024.  Please find below the response to your request:

 

Can you please give details on the expenses you faced after a visit from
Camilla Windsor to Shrewsbury on 27th March 2024?

This could include:

- police/security costs

-staff overtime

-emergency planning

-cctv

-communications

-parking

-other costs

 

 

Reply

 

Section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) places two duties
on public authorities.  Unless exemptions apply, the first duty at
s1(1)(a) is to confirm or deny whether the information specified in a
request is held.  The second duty at s1(1)(b) is to disclose information
that has been confirmed as being held.  Where exemptions are relied upon
Section 17 of the FOIA requires that we provide the applicant with a
notice which: a) states that fact; b) specifies the exemptions in question
and c) state (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the
exemption(s) applies.

West Mercia Police neither confirms nor denies that it holds information
relevant to this request by virtue of the following exemptions:

• S.24(1) - National security 
• S.31(1) - Law Enforcement
• S.38(2) - Health and Safety
• S.40(5)- Personal Information

 

S.24(1), S.31(1) and S.38(2) are qualified, prejudice-based exemptions and
require me to evidence the harm that would be caused in disclosing the
information and to carry out a public interest test.

S.40(5) – Personal Information

This is an absolute exemption

Please be advised that any information released as a result of a Freedom
of Information request, in effect, is being released into the public
domain. Therefore, it could subsequently be published or would have to be
made available to any member of the public if it were requested.

Any information that relates to an individual, or from which an individual
could be identified, constitutes personal data and to release information
that constitutes personal data into the public domain contravenes the Data
Protection Act 2018. The information that you have requested pertains to
personal data of a third party and therefore it is exempt from disclosure,
the exemption that applies to this type of information is Section 40 of
the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

In accordance with the Act, this letter represents a Refusal Notice for
this particular request.

Evidence of overall harm

Any release under FOIA is a disclosure to the world, not just to the
individual making the request, once the information is published the force
has no control over what use is made of that information.

Releasing the detailed costs of specific activities, would initially not
seem to be harmful, but determined individuals can use this information
with other information in the public domain to identify how this cost was
used (the mosaic effect).  This could be staff levels or security measures
for the activity could be ascertained.

ICO guidance states ‘safeguarding national security also includes
protecting potential targets even if there is no evidence that an attack
is imminent…the Commissioner also recognises terrorist can be highly
motivated and may go to great lengths to gather intelligence.  This means
there may be grounds for withholding what seems harmless information on
the basis that it may assist terrorists when pieced together with other
information they may obtain.’

 

S24 Factors favouring disclosure

The public are entitled to know how public funds are spent and to disclose
the requested information would allow the public to see where money is
being spent and know that forces are doing as much as possible to combat
terrorism.

S24 Factors against disclosure

Personal protection is provided to a number of people where it is in the
national interest or where intelligence (information) suggests protection
is necessary. Specific protection arrangements are applied in order to
safeguard national security by ensuring that appropriate safety and
security is provided to key figures such as the King, Queen and the Prime
Minister. The disclosure of information that undermines security
operations would ultimately increase the risk of harm to those afforded
personal protection and to the general public within that vicinity. By
providing costs of different specific events, this allows individuals to
possible identify with other information in the public domain the numbers
of officers assigned to the event, it also shows the possible importance
of the protection provided for this part of the activity due to the amount
of money that was spent.

S31 Factors favouring disclosure

Providing information in relation to events and the protection of
individuals would allow the public to see where public funds are being
spent. Better public awareness may assist to reduce crime or lead to more
information from the public.

S31 Factors against disclosure

Providing information that could be used to identify resources used at
events could be harmful to the security of individuals that would lead to
law enforcement tactics being compromised which would ultimately hinder
the prevention and detection of crime. Security arrangements and tactics
are re-used and have been monitored by criminal groups, fixated
individuals and terrorists. Protection is provided in a number of forms
after careful evaluation of the threat and risks posed to those
individuals by operational experts in this field of policing. It therefore
follows that anything that would negate the benefits of that protection
would place individuals at risk. This would be the individuals receiving
protection, the police officers providing the protection and any member of
the public in the vicinity of the individual.

S38 Factors favouring disclosure

Providing information in relation to events and the protection of
individuals would allow the public to see where public funds are being
spent. Better public awareness may assist to reduce crime or lead to more
information from the public.

S38 Factors against disclosure

By confirming or denying the information requested would be likely to
endanger the safety of individuals not only from the event requested but
by determining the potential costs of future events, this could then give
an indication of the level of resources used which potentially could then
undermine the resource used causing a potential risk to the individual(s)
being protected.

Overall Balance Test

The security of the country is of paramount importance and the Police
service will not divulge information if it is considered harmful, if to do
so would place the safety of any individual in receipt of protection at
risk or undermine National Security. Whilst there is a public interest in
the transparency of policing operations and providing assurance that the
police service is appropriately and effectively engaging with the threat
posed by a terrorist attack, there is a very strong public interest in
safeguarding both national security and the integrity of police
investigations and operations in the highly sensitive area of terrorism
prevention.

 

After weighing up the competing interests I have determined that to
provide the requested information would not be in the public interest.

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

 

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
contact the Information Compliance Unit quoting the reference number
above.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Information Compliance Officer| Information Compliance Unit  | West Mercia
Police

Hindlip Hall Police Headquarters, Hindlip Hall, Worcester, WR3 8SP
Team email: [1][email address]

 

 

 

West Mercia Police in complying with their statutory duty under sections 1
and 11 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to release the enclosed
information will not breach the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. 
However, the rights of the copyright owner of the enclosed information
will continue to be protected by law.  Applications for the copyright
owner’s written permission to reproduce any part of the attached
information should be addressed to The Force Solicitor, West Mercia Police
Headquarters, PO Box 55, Hindlip, Worcester, WR3 8SP.

 

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

 

Are you unhappy with how your request has been handled or do you think the
decision is incorrect?  Prior to making a complaint, you are welcome and
encouraged to discuss the decision with the person that dealt with your
request.  They will be able to discuss the decision, explain any issues
and assist with any problems.

 

If you remain unsatisfied about the handling or decision of your request
for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act), you
can ask West Mercia Police (WMP) to review their decision.  This is called
an internal review.

 

Internal review

 

WMP must be notified of your request for an internal review within 40
working days of the date of its response to your freedom of information
request.  Requests for an internal review should be made in writing and
emailed to:  [2][email address]

 

Alternatively, you can write to:

 

Information Compliance Unit

West Mercia Police Headquarters

PO Box 55

Hindlip Hall

Hindlip

Worcester

WR3 8SP

 

In all possible circumstances, WMP will respond to your internal review
within 20 working days.

 

The Information Commissioner

 

If after receiving a reply to your internal review you are still
dissatisfied with the decision, you can appeal to the Information
Commissioner (ICO) 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 appeal to the ICO please visit their
[3]website.  Alternatively, you can contact the ICO in writing or via
phone:

 

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

Tel:  0303 123 1113

 

References

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