Designated Public Place Orders - Greenwich town centre

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Colm Howard-Lloyd

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

With reference to the Designated Public Place Orders in place in Greenwich town centre. Please be kind enough to provide:

1) The number of Penalty Notice issued in relation to this zone since the start of the DPPO
2) The number of arrests made in this zone for Section 13 offences since the start of the DPPO
3) Any guidance given to police officers regarding Designated Public Place Orders or Section 13 of the Police and Criminal Justice Act 2001

Yours faithfully,

Colm Howard-Lloyd

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr. Howard-Lloyd

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2010080002496
I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 13/08/2010. I note you seek
access to the following information:

"With reference to the Designated Public Place Orders in place in
Greenwich town centre. Please be kind enough to provide:
1) The number of Penalty Notice issued in relation to this zone since the
start of the DPPO
2) The number of arrests made in this zone for Section 13 offences since
the start of the DPPO
3) Any guidance given to police officers regarding Designated Public Place
Orders or Section 13 of the Police and Criminal Justice Act 2001 "

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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr. Howard-Lloyd

Freedom of Information Act Request Reference No: 2010080002496
I write in connection with your request for information dated 13 August
2010 which was received by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on
13/08/2010. I note you seek access to the following information:

** With reference to the Designated Public Place Orders in place in
Greenwich town centre. Please be kind enough to provide: 1) The number
of Penalty Notice issued in relation to this zone since the start of the
DPPO 2) The number of arrests made in this zone for Section 13 offences
since the start of the DPPO 3) Any guidance given to police officers
regarding Designated Public Place Orders or Section 13 of the Police and
Criminal Justice Act 2001

To enable the MPS to meet your request could you please provide this
office with further information. I provide some guidance that may assist
you more clearly describe the information you require:

Regarding Question 3) Are you referring to local guidance to Greenwich
officers specifically or do you mean any generic Corporate Metropolitan
Police guidance to Officers in general.

After receiving your reply, your request will then be considered and you
will receive the information requested within the statutory timescale of
20 working days, subject to the information not being exempt or containing
a reference to a third party.

However, if the requested additional information has not been received by
16 November 2010 I will assume you no longer wish to proceed with this
request and will treat it as withdrawn.

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complaint.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please write
or contact Garry Instrell on telephone number 0208 284 5617 quoting the
reference number above.

Yours sincerely,

Garry Instrell
Information Manager
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Ask to have the decision looked at again ***

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letter.

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assist with any problems.

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the MPS made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding
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decision reviewed.

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the date of the refusal notice, and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
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PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF
[email address]

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complaint within 20 working days.
The Information Commissioner

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the decision you may make application to the Information Commissioner for
a decision on whether the request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of the Act.

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please visit their website at www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.
Alternatively, phone or write to:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone: 01625 545 700

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Colm Howard-Lloyd

Dear Mr Instrel,

Thank you for you request for clarification. I would like to see any generic guidance, but if any has been issued specifically relating to this DPPO then please also include that in my request.

Many thanks

Yours sincerely,

Colm Howard-Lloyd

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

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Dear Mr. Howard-Lloyd

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2010080002496

I write in connection with your request for information dated 13/08/10
which was received by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 13/08/2010.
I note you seek access to the following information:

* With reference to the Designated Public Place Orders in place in
Greenwich town centre. Please be kind enough to provide:

1) The number of Penalty Notice issued in relation to this zone since the
start of the DPPO

2 ) The number of arrests made in this zone for Section 13 offences since
the start of the DPPO

3 ) Any guidance given to police officers regarding Designated Public
Place Orders or Section 13 of the Police and Criminal Justice Act 2001 .

EXTENT OF SEARCHES TO LOCATE INFORMATION

To locate the information relevant to your request searches were conducted
at the Criminal Justice Unit CO16, the Performance Information Bureau and
Greenwich Borough Operational Command Unit.

RESULT OF SEARCHES

See below.

DECISION

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

Please find attached information pursuant to your request above.

1 ) 17

2 ) S13 defines what a Public Place is and by itself has NO power
of Arrest. S 12 however gives an Officer the power to require a person to
cease drinking. If the person refuses he commits an offence. Again S12 has
NO power of arrest by itself. The power of arrest is granted under S25
Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and applies basically where an
Officer cannot ascertain an individual's address to issue any type of
summons, and the person concerned is taken back to the Police Station to
verify this. If during the course of this any other offences come to light
or occur, then the person would be dealt with appropriately for those
offences.

Therefore there are NO records of persons being arrested for S12 or 13 of
the (There will be lots for S25 but these could be for many various
reasons totally unrelated to S12 / 13, but unfortunately these cannot be
differentiated.)

3 ) General Metropolitan Police guidance taken from Home Office
(copy of Guidance Booklet attached below). Local guidance taken from
Letter of Understanding between Greenwich Council and Greenwich Police
(copy attached below).

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

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

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please write
or contact Garry Instrell on telephone number 0208284(2)5617 quoting the
reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Garry Instrell
Information Manager
In complying with their statutory duty under sections 1 and 11 of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 to release the enclosed information, the
Metropolitan Police Service 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 MPS Directorate of Legal
Services, 1st Floor (Victoria Block), New Scotland Yard, Victoria, London,
SW1H 0BG.
COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Are you unhappy with how your request has been handled or do you think the
decision is incorrect?

You have the right to require the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to
review their decision.

Prior to lodging a formal complaint you are welcome and encouraged to
discuss the decision with the case officer that dealt with your request.

Ask to have the decision looked at again ***

The quickest and easiest way to have the decision looked at again is to
telephone the case officer that is nominated at the end of your decision
letter.

That person will be able to discuss the decision, explain any issues and
assist with any problems.

Complaint

If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision of
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
Public Access Office
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF
[email address]

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 20 working days.
The Information Commissioner

After lodging a complaint with the MPS if you are still dissatisfied with
the decision you may make application to the Information Commissioner 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 make application to the Information Commissioner
please visit their website at www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.
Alternatively, phone or write to:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone: 01625 545 700

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Colm Howard-Lloyd

Dear Mr Instrell,

Many thanks for your assistance.

Yours sincerely,

Colm Howard-Lloyd