Costs of suspending senior police officer (CSP)

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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.

Could you please confirm the total costs incurred during this
absence as far as salary, pension contribution and any other
emoluments are concerned.

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

What was the cost of their enhanced salaries, pension contributions
and other emoluments over the same period?

For the financial years beginning in April 2010, 2011, 2012 have
any reserves been set aside to deal with the potential costs
associated with the investigation that prompted the Assistant Chief
Constable's absence (such as costs of investigations by other
forces, legal costs (whether for the defence or prosecution) or any
other expenses?

If there are any such reserves identified, how much are they?

I appreciate that some of this information is provided in the
published accounts for 2010/11 but I would like the information for
the period up to 31/03/2013 (or a projection of that figure where
applicable)

I should point out that this is a duplicate of a request I made to Sirling Council (on the basis that the official preparing the accounts is employed by them but they have referred me back to you for the data)

Could you please also confirm when you supplied the data for the accounts year ending March 2012 to Stirling Council?

Yours faithfully,

Mike Roulston

Freedom Of Information, Central Scotland Police

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Dear  Mr Roulston,

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 – Acknowledgement

Thank you for your request for information received on 7 March 2013, which
is being dealt with in accordance with the Freedom of Information
(Scotland) Act 2002. Your request has been given the unique Reference
Number: 03-011 and this should be quoted on all correspondence.  

Under the terms of the Act, we have a statutory obligation to respond
within 20 working days from the day after your request was received. A
response to your request for information will be sent to you promptly, and
in any event not later than 8 April 2013.

If you require any clarification, please do not hesitate to contact me on
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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
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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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Stirling FOI, Central Scotland Police

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Dear Mr Roulston,

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 – Extension Request

I refer to your request for information dated 7 March 2013, and is being
dealt with in accordance with the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act
2002.

It is with regret that I am writing to inform you that we will be unable
to comply with your request within the 20 working days permitted to
provide information, as specified in the Freedom of Information (Scotland)
Act 2002. The reason we are unable to provide this information within the
prescribed timescale is the information you require is held within our
Finance Department and as you can appreciate having moved to the Police
Service of Scotland as well as being the end of the financial year has put
a burden on the departments workload. However, your application remains a
priority and we will endeavour to provide the requested information as
soon as possible and please accept my apologises for the delay.

If you require any clarification, please do not hesitate to contact me on
01786 456000 or Email: stirling[1][email address].police.uk  . If you are
not satisfied with the way your request has been dealt with you are
entitled to request a review within 40 working days of receiving this
letter. Please address your concerns either by email to
[2][email address] or by letter to the Police Service of
Scotland, FOI Central Processing Unit, 173 Pitt Street, Glasgow, G2 4JS.

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

Freedom of Information
Forth Valley Division

Police Scotland

Tel:       01786 456000
Fax:      01786 456388
Email:   [email address]

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Dear Stirling FOI,

Has anyone considered trying to persuade Stirling Council (their treasurer prepared the accounts based on information supplied by CSP presumably) to lighten the load on your finance department?

The published accounts positively welcome further enquiries to the Treasure and/or CSP yet strangely neither party seems able to answer such a request?

Yours sincerely,

Mike Roulston

Stirling FOI, 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, which  I have
dealt with in accordance with the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act
2002.  I also apologise again for the late response.

Request and Response

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.

Question 1. Could you please confirm the total costs incurred during this
absence as far as salary, pension contribution and any other emoluments
are concerned.

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.

Question 2. What was the cost of their enhanced salaries, pension
contributions and other emoluments over the same period?

Response:

Forth Valley Division of Police Scotland can advise that in response to
Question 1) and 2) we do not hold the information in the format you
have requested and under FOISA are not obliged to create new information.
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. In response to your request FOI 01-031 the
attached documents will provide you with the information to do a
calculation for the information you require. Please note also that 2012-13
accounts have not yet been published.

Question 3. For the financial years beginning in April 2010, 2011, 2012
have any reserves been set aside to deal with the potential costs
associated with the investigation that prompted the Assistant Chief
Constable's absence (such as costs of investigations by other forces,
legal costs (whether for the defence or prosecution) or any other
expenses?

Question 4. If there are any such reserves identified, how much are they?

Response:

In response to question 3 and 4 within the 2011/12 published accounts
funds were earmarked from the General Fund Balance for a "Management
issue". There was £500k earmarked, as shown in the table in Note 5, page
31 of the published accounts for 2011/12. 

Question 5. I appreciate that some of this information is provided in the
published accounts for 2010/11 but I would like the information for the
period up to 31/03/2013 (or a projection of that figure where applicable)

I should point out that this is a duplicate of a request I made to
Stirling Council (on the basis that the official preparing the accounts
is employed by them but they have referred me back to you for the data)

Response:  There is no projection available at this point. It will be
considered as part of the year end closure process. 

Question 6. Could you please also confirm when you supplied the data for
the accounts year ending March 2012 to Stirling Council?

Response:

The unaudited accounts are available formally from June 2012  and as part
of the normal closure process there is regular communication with Stirling
Council prior to the accounts being finalised.
 
I trust this information will be of assistance to you.
 
As of 1 April 2013, the Police Service of Scotland (PSoS) came into
existence and all requests made to individual Forces, (for this
request Central Scotland Police) pre 1 April 2013 become the
responsibility of PSoS to answer. Therefore, the information provided
below only relates to the information you sought from the previous Force
area and if you made a similar request to another previous Force area, you
will receive a separate response in this regard.
 
If you require any clarification, please do not hesitate to contact me on
01786 456000 or Email:  [1][email address].police.uk  If you are not
satisfied with the way in which your request has been dealt with, you are
entitled in the first instance and within 40 working days of receiving
this letter to request a review of the decision made by the Force.  Should
you wish to do so, contact details are; Police Scotland, FOI Central
Processing Unit, 173 Pitt Street, Glasgow, G2 4JS.

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

Freedom of Information
Forth Valley Division
Police Scotland

Tel: 01324 678852  
Email:   [email address]

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Dear Stirling FOI,

The accounts mentioned are necessarily a collection of totals; those totals can only by definition have been calculated by adding together individual elements

The identities of the inviduals are known and their total number is small

To say that you do not hold the information in the format requested and that you are not required to create new data is nonsense!

As far as the management issue item is concerned that is now a matter of history for the financial year ended just recently and is not dependent on the publication of full accounts at some poinht in the future unless you are saying that no one has as yet discussed what the 2012/13 provision should be?

Please note that I am not an accountant and I am simply seeking clarification of various entries as offered in the accounts themselves!

Yours sincerely,

Mike Roulston

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