Cost of temporary promotions since 2010

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Dear Central Scotland Police,

The Assistant Chief Constable of Central Scotland Police was placed on 'gardening leave' on 1st July 2010 whilst the subject of an internal investigation.

He has continuously remained away from the workplace until today's date on full pay.

He was replaced by a junior officer on temporary promotion who was also similarly replaced by an even more junior officer also on temporary promotion.

This series of promotions has downed to a Constable being temporarily promoted to temporary sergeant.

For the beneficiary of the temporary promotion in each rank could you please confirm the following :-

(1) Additional salary paid by accounting year since April 2010 (to include the projected figure for the year beginning April 2012 until the creation of a single force)
(2) Additional emoluments paid for the same period whether performance bonuses, provision of funded vehicles aka 'company cars'
(3) Additional employer pension contributions incurred due to the salary increase
(4) The date each temporary promotion in the chain was effected and the number of years of pensionable police service for each beneficiary of the temporary promotions on that date
(5) How many ranks higher can such temporary ranks be authorised e.g can a constable be made a temporary inspector (subject to passing the necessary exams), a sergeant to chief inspector (subject to passing the inspectors exam etc up to and including Assistant Chief Constable to Temporary Chief Constable
(6) Is it possible to be temporarily promoted more than one rank? If it is possible, is there any limit to the number of such temporary promotions?

Yours faithfully,

Mike Roulston

Freedom Of Information, Central Scotland Police

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Dear Mr Roulston,

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Thank you for your request for information received on 14 January
2013, which is being dealt with in accordance with the Freedom of
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Susan

FOI and Information Access Officer

Central Scotland Police
Police Headquarters
Randolphfield
Stirling  FK8 2HD

Tel:       01786 456000
Fax:      01786 456388
Email:   [Central Scotland Police request email]

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Dear Mr Roulston,

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Thank you for your request for information received below, which I have
dealt with in accordance with the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act
2002.

Central Scotland Police can provide you with the following information in
response to your request.

Central Scotland Police can advise that in response to Question 1), 2) and
3) we do not hold the information in the format your require and under
FOISA are not obliged to create new information. Therefore under Section
17, 1 (b) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 requires
Central Scotland Police to advise you that we do not hold the information
you have requested. By way of assistance please find the attached document
which will provide you with the information to do a calculation to give
the additional salary. 2012-13 accounts have not yet been published.

In response to question 4) the date each temporary promotion in the chain
was effected and the number of years of pensionable police service for
each beneficiary of the temporary promotions on that date is as follows:

Temporary Deputy Chief Constable - 11.11.2011 -  27 years pensionable
service  
Temporary Chief  Supt - 19.12.2011 - 25  years pensionable service
 
As the information above is personal information I have sought approval
from the individual allowing disclosure. I will provide the information
before 15 February 2013 with regards to the Assistant Chief Constable and
other Chief Supt when they agree or not agree to this being disclosed.
 
It may be of interest to you  that when  the Assistant Chief Constable you
refer to was placed on 'extended leave of absence  in July 2010 ,  to
backfill  this vacancy a Chief Supt  (Samson) was appointed as a
Temporary Assistant Chief Constable and  a  Supt ( Flynn) appointed behind
this as a Temporary Chief Supt.   However, there was no further
backfill  required at this time as Central Scotland Police reduced  their
number of superintending ranks by one when  they combined the previously
two Area Commander  roles  for Stirling and Clacks  into one role.
 
In relation to question 5) Officers up to the rank of Superintendent can
be temporarily promoted to the next rank up, but only if they meet the
regulatory criteria for promotion.  Chief Superintendents can, with the
approval of the Joint Police Board, be temporarily promoted to the rank of
either Assistant Chief Constable or Deputy Chief Constable. Deputy Chief
Constables can be appointed as temporary Chief Constable by the Joint
Police Board.  All temporary promotions to chief officer ranks must be
approved by the Scottish Government.  
 
The response to question 6) is as above.  With the exception of Chief
Superintendents, all other ranks can only be temporarily promoted by one
rank. 
 
The rules around temporary promotion can be found at the following web
site: [1]www.Police(Scotland)Regulations2004 and the the Police (Scotland)
(Promotion) Regulations.
 
I trust this information will be of assistance to you.
 
If you require any clarification, please do not hesitate to contact me on
01786 456000 or Email:  [2][email address].police.uk  . However,
if you are not satisfied with the way in which your request has been
handled, you are entitled, in the first instance, to request a Review of
the decisions made.  Should you wish to request a Review, please write to
Head of Professional Standards, Professional Standards Department, Central
Scotland Police, Police Headquarters, Randolphfield, Stirling FK8 2HD
within 40 working days of receiving this correspondence.

If, after receiving a response, you remain dissatisfied, you have six
months within which you may Appeal to the Scottish Information
Commissioner who can be contacted at Kinburn Castle, Doubledykes Road, St
Andrews, Fife, KY16 9DS. Phone: 01334 464610 Fax: 01334 464611 or Email
[3][email address] .

Yours sincerely,

Susan

FOI and Information Access Officer

Central Scotland Police
Police Headquarters
Randolphfield
Stirling  FK8 2HD

Tel:       01786 456000
Fax:      01786 456388
Email:   [Central Scotland Police request email]

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Dear Central Scotland Police,

I can confirm that your response has answered parts (4) and (5) of my request only.

For the remaining parts can you please confirm that the requested data cannot be retrieved from your payroll system used to pay the beneficiaries of the string of temporary promotions that ensued as a consequence of the ACC's absence from June 2010?

I can identify some of the individuals/posts if necessary

The accounts attached to your reply mention pension contribution costs for both identified ACPOS officers individually and lower ranks collectively. Are you saying that you cannot identify the total pension costs for that string of temporary promotions by cross referencing the payroll entries with the pension data compiled for those accounts?

As far as emoluments are concerned the absent ACC retained his funded executive saloon which suggests that his replacement either retained his leased vehicle or was provided with a new executive vehicle. if the latter option was taken, there must have been an extra cost to fund that executive vehicle?

Did he, his replacement or any other officer receive any performance payment during the period of temporary promotions as I understand that the absent ACC was unhappy with the bonus scheme and may well have declined his share?

As you can see my request centres on the costs of consequential promotions as a result of the ACCs absence starting in 2010 and which continues to date

Could you please reflect the total cost to date in your next response rather than the costs when I first made my request

Yours faithfully,

Mike Roulston

Freedom Of Information, Central Scotland Police

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Dear Mr Roulston,

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 – Request for Review
I acknowledge receipt of your correspondence of 12 February 2013 in
relation to a review of the decision made by our Force Freedom of
Information Officer, on 11 February 2013.

Your request and the decision taken will be responded to within the
statutory 20 working days time limit, under the Freedom of Information
(Scotland) Act 2002.

If, after receiving a response, you remain dissatisfied, you have six
months within which you may Appeal to the Scottish Information
Commissioner who can be contacted at Kinburn Castle, Doubledykes Road, St
Andrews, Fife, KY16 9DS. Phone: 01334 464610 Fax: 01334 464611 or Email
[email address] .

Yours sincerely

Susan

FOI and Information Access Officer

Central Scotland Police
Police Headquarters
Randolphfield
Stirling  FK8 2HD

Tel:       01786 456000
Fax:      01786 456388
Email:   [Central Scotland Police request email]

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Freedom Of Information, Central Scotland Police

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Dear Mr Roulston,

Please find below the additional information in response to your request
in accordance with the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

In response to question 4) the date each temporary promotion in the chain
was effected and the number of years of pensionable police service for
each beneficiary of the temporary promotions on that date is as follows:

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable - 11.11.2011 - 28 years pensionable
service
Temporary Assistant Chief Supt - 16.12.2011 - 25 years pensionable service
 
As the information above is personal information I have sought approval
from the individual allowing disclosure.
 
If you require any clarification, please do not hesitate to contact me on
01786 456000 or Email:  [1][email address].police.uk  . However,
if you are not satisfied with the way in which your request has been
handled, you are entitled, in the first instance, to request a Review of
the decisions made.  Should you wish to request a Review, please write to
Head of Professional Standards, Professional Standards Department, Central
Scotland Police, Police Headquarters, Randolphfield, Stirling FK8 2HD
within 40 working days of receiving this correspondence.

If, after receiving a response, you remain dissatisfied, you have six
months within which you may Appeal to the Scottish Information
Commissioner who can be contacted at Kinburn Castle, Doubledykes Road, St
Andrews, Fife, KY16 9DS. Phone: 01334 464610 Fax: 01334 464611 or Email
[2][email address] .
 
Yours sincerely,

Susan
FOI and Information Access Officer
Central Scotland Police
Police Headquarters
Randolphfield
Stirling  FK8 2HD

Tel:       01786 456000
Fax:      01786 456388
Email:   [3][Central Scotland Police request email]

 

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John Brims (48477), Central Scotland Police

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Dear Mr Roulston, 

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

I write in relation to your e-mail, received on 12th February, asking for
our response to Request 01-031 to be reviewed.

A review has taken place and a decision has been made to uphold the
original decision made by our Force Freedom of Information Officer on 11th
February.

If, after receiving this response, you remain dissatisfied, you have six
months within which you may Appeal to the Scottish Information
Commissioner who can be contacted at Kinburn Castle, Doubledykes Road, St
Andrews, Fife, KY16 9DS. Phone: 01334 464610 Fax: 01334 464611 or Email
[1][email address] .

Yours sincerely, 

John Brims
Records Manager
Central Scotland Police
Police Headquarters
Randolphfield
Stirling  FK8 2HD

Tel:       01786 456387  Ext : 2387
Fax:      01786 456388
Email:   [2][email address]

 

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Freedom Of Information, Central Scotland Police

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Dear Mr Roulston,

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Thank you for your request for information received below. I have dealt
with this request in accordance with the Freedom of Information (Scotland)
Act 2002 and respond as follows :

Requests: 

The Assistant Chief Constable of Central Scotland Police was placed on
'gardening leave' on 1st July 2010 whilst the subject of an internal
investigation.

He has continuously remained away from the workplace until today's date
on full pay.

He was replaced by a junior officer on temporary promotion who was also
similarly replaced by an even more junior officer also on temporary
promotion.

This series of promotions has downed to a Constable being temporarily
promoted to temporary sergeant.

For the beneficiary of the temporary promotion in each rank could you
please confirm the following :-

(1) Additional salary paid by accounting year since April 2010 (to
include the projected figure for the year beginning April 2012 until the
creation of a single force)

(2) Additional emoluments paid for the same period whether performance
bonuses, provision of funded vehicles aka 'company cars'

(3) Additional employer pension contributions incurred due to the salary
increase

Could you please reflect the total cost to date in your next response
rather than the costs when I first made my request

Response :   
 
Central Scotland Police do not hold the information requested. By way of
advice and assistance, I can inform you that the Force's audited Accounts
for 2012-2013, which will provide information of interest to you in
relation to this request, should be available by September 2013. 
 
If you require any clarification, please do not hesitate to contact me on
01786 456000 or Email:  [1][email address].police.uk  . However,
if you are not satisfied with the way in which your request has been
handled, you are entitled, in the first instance, to request a Review of
the decisions made.  Should you wish to request a Review, please write to
Head of Professional Standards, Professional Standards Department, Central
Scotland Police, Police Headquarters, Randolphfield, Stirling FK8 2HD
within 40 working days of receiving this correspondence.

If, after receiving a response, you remain dissatisfied, you have six
months within which you may Appeal to the Scottish Information
Commissioner who can be contacted at Kinburn Castle, Doubledykes Road, St
Andrews, Fife, KY16 9DS. Phone: 01334 464610 Fax: 01334 464611 or Email
[2][email address] .

Yours sincerely, 

Susan
FOI and Information Access Officer
Central Scotland Police
Police Headquarters
Randolphfield
Stirling  FK8 2HD

Tel:       01786 456000
Fax:      01786 456388
Email:   [3][Central Scotland Police request email]
 

 
 

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Dear Freedom Of Information,

Thanks for the most recent update received after the internal review earlier in the day

As I have so far been unable to get the requested information for previous accounting years I don't think I will place much hope in getting the data from future accounts!

I am pleased to note that you like me have presumably read the accounts and note the positive invitation (on page 5 from memory) to request further details but neither the CSPJB Treasurer or CSP Finance Director seem to be able to answer my request?

Yours sincerely,

Mike Roulston

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