Deficit budget and recruitment

Elizabeth Baskeyfield made this Freedom of Information request to Essex Police

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The request was refused by Essex Police.

Elizabeth Baskeyfield

Dear Essex Police,

Following the recent news that 'Mr Alston told the Essex Police and Crime Panel a provisional budget overspend of £2.1m was to be included in the new budget.' please could could you answer the following questions:

1. Will Essex Police be continuing with their recruitment?
2. Will Essex Police be continuing to process and train applicants who are already successfully partway through the recruitment procedure?
3. At an information day for applicants held in February it was stated that those who successfully completed the SEARCH Assessment Centre would begin their training in June or July. Is this still the case?
4.If not, when is the planned start date?
5. Ehen will interviews with senior officers be held?
6. If Essex Police will no longer be continuing the process with successful applicants, when will candidates be informed?

Yours faithfully,
Elizabeth Baskeyfield

data foi, Essex Police

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Thank you for your enquiry which has been logged under the above
reference.

Under the Freedom of Information Act we are required to reply within 20
working days.  The Act does not specify a limit to the number of
information requests a public authority may receive or the number of
requests or questions an applicant may submit.  However, there are
exemptions in the Act that can apply and these include where the cost of
complying with the request would extend beyond the reasonable cost limit,
(currently 18 hours or £450), or if the request is otherwise manifestly
unreasonable in its scope or nature.  Requests that ask a great many
questions, or a number of detailed requests submitted at the same time,
may make it necessary for Essex Police to refuse the requests wholly or in
part.

 

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Steve Grayton

Senior Information Officer

Data Protection & Freedom of Information

Information Management

Corporate Services

Essex Police Headquarters

PO Box 2, Springfield, Chelmsford, CM2 6DA

 

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Data Protection / FOI Team direct dial: 01245 452647

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Elizabeth Baskeyfield

Dear Mr Grayton

Thank you for your reonse.

I am familiar with the legislation and feel the scope of the request is appropriate as it only requires simple answers and not collation or collection of data.

I look forward to hearing from you

Yours sincerely,

Elizabeth Baskeyfield

data foi, Essex Police

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Thank you for your enquiry which has been logged under the above reference.

Having completed my enquiries I am able to respond as follows:

Section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) places two duties on public authorities. Unless exemptions apply, the first duty at Sec1(1)(a) is to confirm or deny whether the information specified in a request is held. The second duty at Sec1(1)(b) is to disclose information that has been confirmed as being held. Where exemptions are relied upon s17 of FOIA requires that we provide the applicant with a notice which: a) states that fact b) specifies the exemption(s) in question and c) states (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption applies.

In respect of your enquiry:

Following the recent news that 'Mr Alston told the Essex Police and Crime Panel a provisional budget overspend of £2.1m was to be included in the new budget.' please could could you answer the following questions:

1. Will Essex Police be continuing with their recruitment?

2. Will Essex Police be continuing to process and train applicants who are already successfully partway through the recruitment procedure?

3. At an information day for applicants held in February it was stated that those who successfully completed the SEARCH Assessment Centre would begin their training in June or July. Is this still the case?

4.If not, when is the planned start date?

5. When will interviews with senior officers be held?

6. If Essex Police will no longer be continuing the process with successful applicants, when will candidates be informed?

I have contacted Essex Police HR Recruitment, and in this case Essex Police does not hold all the information requested in a format that allows it to be retrieved within the scope of FOI.

The situation regarding recruitment is constantly being assessed and constantly changing and therefore I am afraid that in terms of the Freedom of Information Act, the specific information you were seeking access to is not held by Essex Police in what is referred to as in a readily accessible format

Consequently, and by virtue of the exception at section 12(2) of the FOI Act 2000, Essex Police are exempt from the duty to comply with section 1(1)(a) of the FOI Act as follows-

12 - Exemption where cost of compliance exceeds appropriate limit
(1) Section 1(1) does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimates that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit.
(2) Subsection (1) does not exempt the public authority from its obligation to comply with paragraph (a) of section 1(1) unless the estimated cost of complying with that paragraph alone would exceed the appropriate limit.

Therefore for the purposes of section 17 (5) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) this response serves as a formal notification of refusal of your request on the basis that Essex Police does not hold all of the information requested in a format that allows it to be retrieved within the scope of FOI.

Unfortunately, I am not sure that we will be able to assist any further through FOI as FOIA provides to the public a right of access to recorded information that is held by public authorities. It does not require a public authority to provide comment, opinion or justification (unless recorded information exists which itself could provide such comment) or to enter into dialogues upon public forums. Therefore, I suggest that in this instance, it may be best to contact Recruitment directly via the following email [email address]<mailto:[email address]> who can address your concerns regarding the current recruitment procedure and specific decisions made in respect of applicants and training held in February.

Please note however that general information is provided under the following link http://www.essex.police.uk/recruitment.a... with additional information regarding the processes and key dates of the current recruitment drive.

Kerry Nicholson
Information Officer
Corporate Services
Essex Police HQ
Internal extension 150028
Direct Dial 01245 452647
Essex Police Non emergency Telephone Number (within Essex) 101 (Outside Essex) 0300 333 4444
Fax: Internal 150045 External 01245 452256
Website: www.essex.police.uk<http://www.essex.police.uk/>
Information Management, Corporate Services , Essex Police Headquarters, PO Box 2, Springfield, Chelmsford, CM2 6DA

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If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your FOI request, you have the right to ask for an internal review.

Internal review requests should be submitted within 20 working days of the date of receipt of the response to your original request and should be addressed to the Senior Information Officer at the above address or by email to: data[Essex Police request email]<mailto:data[Essex Police request email]>

They will conduct an internal review to investigate the handling of your request and endeavour to reply within 20 working days. If your complaint refers to a decision to apply an exemption it would assist the review if you would outline the reasons why you feel the exemption does not apply.

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF or via http://www.ico.gov.uk/

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