Criminal Property (Evidence) Disposal Policy

Simon Collins AP made this Freedom of Information request to Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

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Simon Collins AP

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

This enquiry relates specifically to Charing Cross Police Station.

It is understood that Charing Cross Police Station has a Bespoke Property Disposal Policy outside of the conscience of the Met Police as a whole, and certainly not according to national standards policy.

I want the Bespoke Criminal Property (Detained Persons Property) that is used by Charing Cross Police Station that is or was being used from 2015 to 2017.

I want any all documents held electronically or otherwise that relate to this request.

I would also like produced and shown any minutes of the meeting, or the person that authorised the Bespoke Policy for Disposal of Property for the station the subject of the enquiry.

For Clarity:

1) The Disposal of Property of Detained Persons Policy (that is not the official title) for Charing Cross Police Station.

2) The year this enquiry relates to 2015 to 2017

3) The minutes of the meeting that agreed the Bespoke used of said policy, and who authorised it.

Yours faithfully,

Simon Collins AP

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Collins

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2018040001134

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 25/04/2018.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

* Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), This enquiry relates
specifically to Charing Cross Police Station. It is understood that
Charing Cross Police Station has a Bespoke Property Disposal Policy
outside of the conscience of the Met Police as a whole, and certainly
not according to national standards policy. I want the Bespoke
Criminal Property (Detained Persons Property) that is used by Charing
Cross Police Station that is or was being used from 2015 to 2017. I
want any all documents held electronically or otherwise that relate to
this request. I would also like produced and shown any minutes of the
meeting, or the person that authorised the Bespoke Policy for Disposal
of Property for the station the subject of the enquiry. For Clarity:
1) The Disposal of Property of Detained Persons Policy (that is not
the official title) for Charing Cross Police Station. 2) The year this
enquiry relates to 2015 to 2017 3) The minutes of the meeting that
agreed the Bespoke used of said policy, and who authorised it.

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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Collins

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2018040001134

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 25/04/2018.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), This enquiry relates specifically
to Charing Cross Police Station. It is understood that Charing Cross
Police Station has a Bespoke Property Disposal Policy outside of the
conscience of the Met Police as a whole, and certainly not according to
national standards policy.

I want the Bespoke Criminal Property (Detained Persons Property) that is
used by Charing Cross Police Station that is or was being used from 2015
to 2017.

I want any all documents held electronically or otherwise that relate to
this request.

I would also like produced and shown any minutes of the meeting, or the
person that authorised the Bespoke Policy for Disposal of Property for the
station the subject of the enquiry.

For Clarity:

1) The Disposal of Property of Detained Persons Policy (that is not the
official title) for Charing Cross Police Station.

2) The year this enquiry relates to 2015 to 2017

3) The minutes of the meeting that agreed the Bespoke used of said policy,
and who authorised it.

SEARCHES TO LOCATE INFORMATION

To locate the information relevant to your request searches were conducted
within the MPS.  The searches located information relevant to your
request.

DECISION

I have today decided to disclose the located information to you in full.

Westminster Police adheres to the MPS disposal and retention policy.
Officers have access to and are sent their outstanding property lists on a
quarterly basis. Where officers have not acted on their property list and,
if after reminders, a response has not been received the criminal exhibits
store will review this outstanding property.

The Criminal Exhibits store will then check property items against MPS
systems and where the property is no longer shown as required for
evidential purposes or restoration such as items relating to summary only
offences, these items will be disposed of unless directed otherwise by the
officer in the case. This is done in line with corporate policy.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
contact me via email at [email address] , quoting the reference
number above.

Yours sincerely

Paul O'Shea
Information Manager

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response with the case officer who dealt with your request.  

Complaint

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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
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The Information Commissioner

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Simon Collins AP

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Mr O'shea I did not ask for an extract.

I asked you specifically for the BESPOKE PROPERTY DISPOSAL POLICY for CHARING CROSS POLICE.

Superintendant Helen Davies states that there is a Bespoke Policy unique to Charing Cross, and they do not follow the corporate policy.

You need to either contact Helen Davies or the Commander Rob Jones and obtain a copy and publish it.

I did not ask for a small extract, I want the full document which is admitted as being in existence.

Yours faithfully,

Simon Collins AP

Simon Collins AP

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

This is now late, please give me an urgent update, failing which I am going to file FCO complaint online

Yours faithfully,

Simon Collins AP

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Collins AP

Freedom of Information Review Reference No: 2018050001074

I write in connection with your request for a review of the handling
and/or decision relating to  2018040001134 which was received by the
Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on  18/05/2018.  

A review will now be conducted in accordance with the Code of Practice
issued under Section 45 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act).
 The reviewing officer will reconsider the original request before
responding to you with their findings.

There is no statutory time limit in relation to the completion of an
Internal Review.  However, the MPS aim to complete Internal Reviews within
20 working days or in exceptional cases, within 40 working days.  This is
based upon guidance published by the Information Commissioner.

If it is not possible to complete the Internal Review within this
timescale you will be informed at the earliest opportunity.

If you are unhappy with the outcome of an Internal Review you may wish to
refer the matter to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

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

Information Commissioner's Office
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Yours sincerely

R. Loizou
Support Officer - Freedom of Information Triage Team

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Simon Collins AP

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

I never accepted the answer as the final answer for you to now tell me that this is an internal review.

The FOI responding person, never completed the request, he simply took a short cut and cut and pasted a small text. My request was specific. That was never answered. Beyond ICO if I feel that staff responsible for FOI requests are failing in their positions, then I think it would be fair to raise a complaint with the police service about conduct.

You cannot just take short cuts, then distort my request and answer a point that was never raised, then claim that my request for the CORRECT answer be treated as an internal review, thus prejuducing any further opportunities for a proper internal review request.

Yours faithfully,

Simon Collins AP

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Collins

Thank you for your email below.

I am looking into the matters you have raised. I am awaiting contact from Charing Cross Police with regards to your request.

I apologise on behalf of the MPS for you not being provided with the specific information you requested. I will provide you with an update as soon as possible.

Thank you

Yvette Taylor - Information Manager - Freedom of Information Team, Information Rights Unit (IRU)
STRATEGY & GOVERNANCE, MetHQ
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Simon Collins AP

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

I am still waiting for this request to be dealt with, it is now overdue, and no reasonable cause explanation has been given.

Please update urgently.

I refer you to my earlier statement of conduct complaint if I do not hear from you.

Yours faithfully,

Simon Collins AP

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Collins

Apologies for the delay in providing you with a response to your FOIA complaint 2018050001074. I have been away from the office.

I have received information relevant to your request from Charing Cross Police. I am currently reviewing this information and will provide you with a response as soon as possible.

I am sorry for any inconvenience caused by the delay

Thank you

Yvette Taylor - Information Manager - Freedom of Information Team, Information Rights Unit (IRU)
STRATEGY & GOVERNANCE, MetHQ
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From: Simon Collins AP [mailto:[FOI #480518 email]]
Sent: 03 July 2018 11:57
To: FOI Requests and Enquiries <[email address]>
Subject: Re: FOIA 2018040001134 / 2018050001074

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

I am still waiting for this request to be dealt with, it is now overdue, and no reasonable cause explanation has been given.

Please update urgently.

I refer you to my earlier statement of conduct complaint if I do not hear from you.

Yours faithfully,

Simon Collins AP

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Simon Collins AP

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

I am still waiting for your response? If you have the information then publish it, is has been over 40 Days since the request.

I remind you that, staff who fail in their respective roles are subject to the same complaints procedure as police officers.

I want an answer.

Yours faithfully,

Simon Collins AP

Simon Collins AP

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

I am still waiting for this information.

If I do not hear from you I will file an official complaint about conduct.

Yours faithfully,

Simon Collins AP

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

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Dear Mr Collins
Freedom of Information Review Reference No: 2018050001074

Further to our earlier correspondence dated 31/05/2018, I am now able to
provide a response to your complaint concerning Freedom of Information Act
(FOIA / the Act) request reference number: 2018040001134.  

Background to your complaint:

This review concentrates on the following request that you submitted to
the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 25/04/2018:

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), This enquiry relates specifically
to Charing Cross Police Station. It is understood that Charing Cross
Police Station has a Bespoke Property Disposal Policy outside of the
conscience of the Met Police as a whole, and certainly not according to
national standards policy.
I want the Bespoke Criminal Property (Detained Persons Property) that is
used by Charing Cross Police Station that is or was being used from 2015
to 2017.
I want any all documents held electronically or otherwise that relate to
this request.
I would also like produced and shown any minutes of the meeting, or the
person that authorised the Bespoke Policy for Disposal of Property for the
station the subject of the enquiry.
For Clarity:
1) The Disposal of Property of Detained Persons Policy (that is not the
official title) for Charing Cross Police Station.
2) The year this enquiry relates to 2015 to 2017
3) The minutes of the meeting that agreed the Bespoke used of said policy,
and who authorised it.

On 15/05/2018, we provided the following response:

Westminster Police adheres to the MPS disposal and retention policy.
Officers have access to and are sent their outstanding property lists on a
quarterly basis. Where officers have not acted on their property list and,
if after reminders, a response has not been received the criminal exhibits
store will review this outstanding property.
The Criminal Exhibits store will then check property items against MPS
systems and where the property is no longer shown as required for
evidential purposes or restoration such as items relating to summary only
offences, these items will be disposed of unless directed otherwise by the
officer in the case. This is done in line with corporate policy.

On 19/05/2018, you complained as follows:

Mr O'shea I did not ask for an extract.

I asked you specifically for the BESPOKE PROPERTY DISPOSAL POLICY for
CHARING CROSS POLICE.

Superintendant Helen Davies states that there is a Bespoke Policy unique
to Charing Cross, and they do not follow the corporate policy.  

You need to either contact Helen Davies or the Commander Rob Jones and
obtain a copy and publish it.

I did not ask for a small extract, I want the full document which is
admitted as being in existence.

Your FOIA request was submitted for an Internal Review. On 01/06/2018, you
commented:

I never accepted the answer as the final answer for you to now tell me
that this is an internal review.

The FOI  responding person, never completed the request, he simply took a
short cut and cut and pasted a small text.  My request was specific. That
was never answered. Beyond ICO if I feel that staff responsible for FOI
requests are failing in their positions, then I think it would be fair to
raise a complaint with the police service about conduct.

You cannot just take short cuts, then distort my request and answer a
point that was never raised, then claim that my request for the CORRECT
answer be treated as an internal review, thus prejuducing any further
opportunities for a proper internal review request.

DECISION

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has completed its review and has
decided to vary the decision.

REASON FOR DECISION

As part of my investigation of your complaint, I have made additional
enquiries with Charing Cross Police and I have been provided with
information relevant to your request.

The Charing Cross local policy for retention and disposal of exhibits was
created following consultation with Borough Commander Peter Ayling and
Detective Superintendent Jess Ruddell.

Please find attached below the following documents:

Updated Local Policy relating to retention and disposal of exhibits and
property held in criminal exhibits stores across Charing Cross (CW)
Borough Operational Command Unit (BOCU)

Property Disposal Guidance

E mail dated 04/07/2017 Titled Criminal Exhibits - Action required by all
staff

TORT Template

E Mail dated 09/10/2017 titled Updated property instructions from CW SLT

MPS Guidelines - Retention & Disposal of Criminal Exhibits - August 2017

Please note that non relevant information such as internal telephone
numbers and internal links to databases have been redacted.

No minutes of meetings concerning this matter have been located.

Names of officers and staff below the rank of Chief Inspector have also
been redacted by virtue of Section 40 (2) (3) (4) of the Freedom of
Information Act as these individuals would not have the expectation that
their personal information would be disclosed by way of FOIA disclosures.

Section 3 of the Data Protection Act 2018 confirms that information which
relates to an identified or identifiable living individual is Personal
Data.

The Freedom of Information Act provides an exemption for Personal Data and
this is known as the section 40 exemption.  

The information sought under your Freedom of Information request includes
the following which we consider to be Personal Data

·        Names and personal information of officers / staff below the rank
of Chief Inspector

Where the request is seeking access to third party personal data the
section 40(2) exemption may be engaged.  

In order to apply the Section 40(2) exemption the disclosure of the
requested information must satisfy either the first, second or third
conditions as defined by subsections 3A, 3B and 4A of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (as amended by Section 58 of the Data Protection Act
2018).  

The first condition ensures that the exemption would apply in
circumstances where the disclosure of the information would breach any of
the Data Protection Act 2018 principles.

There are six Data Protection principles set out in the 2018 act and these
can be found at section 34.  

In this instance I have decided that the disclosure of the Personal Data
would be incompatible with the first Data Protection principle which
states that the processing (in this case the disclosure) of the data must
be both lawful and fair.

The basis for determining whether such a disclosure would be lawful and
fair is outlined under section 35 of the 2018 act which states that the
subject of the data must have given his/her consent for disclosure or the
processing must be necessary for the performance of a task carried out by
a competent authority.  As we do not have consent for the disclosure of
personal data and the disclosure is not necessary for any law enforcement
purposes it would not be considered lawful processing.  Such a disclosure
would therefore contravene the first data protection principle.

I have applied the exemption provided under Section 40(2) of the Freedom
of Information Act to this information as the first condition, defined in
subsection 3(A)(a) of Section 40 has been satisfied.  

I apologise on behalf of the MPS for not providing you with the
information you specifically requested when initially requested.

If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of this Internal Review you have
the right to appeal the decision by contacting the Information
Commissioner's Office (ICO) for a decision on whether the request for
information has been dealt with in accordance with the requirements of the
FOIA.

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

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone:  0303 123 1113

Yours sincerely

Yvette Taylor
Information Manager

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Section 17(1) of the Act provides:

(1)        A public authority which, in relation to any request for
information, is to any extent relying on a claim that any provision in
part II relating to the duty to confirm or deny is relevant to the request
or on a claim that information is exempt information must, within the time
for complying with section 1(1), give the applicant a notice which-

(a) states the fact,
(b) specifies the exemption in question, and
(c) states (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption
applies.

Section 40(2)(3)&(4) of the Act provides:

(2)        Any information to which a request for information relates is
also exempt information if—

(a) it constitutes personal data which do not fall within subsection (1),
and
(b) either the first or the second condition below is satisfied.

(3A)        The first condition is that the disclosure of the information
to a member of the public otherwise than under this Act—

(a) would contravene any of the data protection principles, or
(b) would do so if the exemptions in section 24(1) of the Data Protection
Act 2018 (manual unstructured data held by public authorities) were
disregarded.

(3B)        The second condition is that the disclosure of the information
to a member of the public otherwise than under this Act would contravene
Article 21 of the GDPR (general processing: right to object to
processing).

(4A)        The third condition is that—

(a) on a request under Article 15(1) of the GDPR (general processing:
right of access by the data subject) for access to personal data, the
information would be withheld in reliance on provision made by or under
section 15, 16 or 26 of, or Schedule 2, 3 or 4 to, the Data Protection Act
2018, or
(b) on a request under section 45(1)(b) of that Act (law enforcement
processing: right of access by the data subject), the information would be
withheld in reliance on subsection (4) of that section.”

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Simon Collins AP

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

This is not the full policy I asked for, this is a summary of the policy. I was also specific about the years that this related to.

The information supplied is an update in October 2017, I want the 'bespoke' disposal document in my original request, this would show the old and new or updated version.

Whole police stations do not run on 1 page policies. Please go back to Charing Cross, and let us have the full documents, there is no point in hiding them.

I can assure you it is not 2 pages.

Also, you have either intentionally or unintentionally, misquoted the GDPR, and about disclosure of officers names. All officers except civil staff are in the employ of the public, and there is no reasonable expectation of privacy.

Are there any more obstacles you want to lay before me?

However, I am not interested in staff details yet.

Yours faithfully,

Simon Collins AP

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Collins

Thank you for your email dated 30/7/18. I have made additionally enquiries with Charing Cross Police and I will update you shortly

Yvette Taylor - Information Manager - Freedom of Information Team, Information Rights Unit (IRU)
STRATEGY & GOVERNANCE, MetHQ
Metropolitan Police Service
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Dear Mr Collins,

 

Thank you for your email dated 30/7/2018 the contents of which have been
duly noted.

 

You have been provided with a complete document, albeit redacted.

 

In your original FOIA request, you referred to a bespoke Charing Cross
Policy for the Disposal of Property of Detained Persons for the period
2015 - 2017. To assist you, the attached emails provide a fuller
explanation of the disposal and retention of property held at Charing
Cross Property Store during that period.

 

You will see from the attached emails from 2016 - 2017 that Charing Cross
Police had been experiencing a chronic shortage of space in their property
store due to a number of factors. It was identified that a sizeable
percentage of items in the store had not been reviewed to see if they
could be returned to their owners, destroyed or marked as needed to be
retained for a further period due to an ongoing investigation.

 

You will also see from the documents already provided to you and the
attached emails, the purpose of the 'local policy'  was to provide
guidance on managing the volume of items in the property store by
outlining the way to clear low risk items of property that had been
retained longer than necessary and to ensure that a process was in place
in respect of reviewing property to ensure retention and destruction was
carried in a timely manner.

 

I hope this clarifies this matter, however, as detailed in my response to
your request for an Internal Review, if you are dissatisfied you have a
right of appeal to the ICO

 

Thank you

 

 

Yvette Taylor - Information Manager - Freedom of Information Team,
Information Rights Unit (IRU) STRATEGY & GOVERNANCE, MetHQ Metropolitan
Police Service MetPhone 780074 | Telephone 020 7161 0074 | E-Mail:
[1][email address] Address - Information Rights Unit, PO
Box 57192, London SW6 1SF

 

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