Dicipline and related matters

Richard Moore made this Freedom of Information request to Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),
1) How many Inspectors / Sergeants / Constables are deployed as investigators within the Directorate of Professional standards?
2) How many of this number, have successfully completed the National Investigators Examination (NIE).
3) How many of the total within each rank have completed the relevant Crime Academy detective course for their specific rank.
4) How many of the total within each rank has undertaken a detective posting outside the Directorate of Professional standards.

1) In the financial years 2010 – 2011, 2011 – 2012 what is the total gross salary figure of officers dismissed through misconduct hearings, please provide the figure for each year.

Yours faithfully,

Richard Moore

Richard Moore

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Moore

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2012030000214
I write in connection with your request for information  which was
received by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 01/03/2012.  I note
you seek access to the following information:

"Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),  

  1) How many Inspectors / Sergeants / Constables are deployed as
 investigators within the Directorate of Professional standards?    

2) How many of this number, have successfully completed the  National
Investigators Examination (NIE).  

  3) How many of the total within each rank have completed the  relevant
Crime Academy detective course for their specific rank.  

   4) How many of the total within each rank has undertaken a  detective
posting outside the Directorate of Professional     standards.      

   1) In the financial years 2010 – 2011, 2011 – 2012 what is the  total
gross salary figure of officers dismissed through misconduct     hearings,
please provide the figure for each year."

Your request will now be considered in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (the Act).  You will receive a response within the
statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act, subject to
the information not being exempt or containing a reference to a third
party.  In some circumstances the MPS may be unable to achieve this
deadline.  If this is likely you will be informed and given a revised
time-scale at the earliest opportunity.

Some requests may also require either full or partial transference to
another public authority in order to answer your query in the fullest
possible way. Again, you will be informed if this is the case.

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 Peter Deja on telephone number 02071613640 quoting the
reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Peter Deja
Policy and Support Officer
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 Alternatively, phone or write to:

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Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone:  01625 545 700

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Dear Mr Moore

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2012030000214

I write in connection with your request for information which was
received by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 01/03/2012.  I note
you seek access to the following information:

·        Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),    
1) How many Inspectors / Sergeants / Constables are deployed as
investigators within the Directorate of Professional standards?    
2) How many of this number, have successfully completed the National
Investigators Examination (NIE).    
3) How many of the total within each rank have completed the relevant
Crime Academy detective course for their specific rank.    
4) How many of the total within each rank has undertaken a detective
posting outside the Directorate of Professional standards.        

5) In the financial years 2010 – 2011, 2011 – 2012 what is the total gross
salary figure of officers dismissed through misconduct     hearings,
please provide the figure for each year.

Following receipt of your request searches were conducted within the MPS
to locate information relevant to your request.

EXTENT OF SEARCHES TO LOCATE INFORMATION

To locate the information relevant to your request searches were conducted
at The Directorate of Professional Standards, Human Resources - Workforce
Deployment and the Performance Analysis Unit.

RESULT OF SEARCHES

The searches located records relevant to your request.

DECISION

I have today decided to:

* disclose records numbered 5 in full;
* disclose records numbered 1 subject to the understanding that this is
the total number of officers currently posted to the Directorate of
Professional Standards  not broken down into the title of
'Investigator' for the reasons below and
* fully exempt records number 2, 3 & 4 pursuant to the provisions of
section 12 of the Act.

Q1.    Number of officers within the Directorate of Professional Standards
by rank.

Q.2, 3 & 4.

Fully exempt records number 2, 3 & 4 pursuant to the provisions of section
12 of the Act.

REASONS FOR DECISION

Section 17 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 12 of the Act provides:

(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.

Information Commissioner's Office guidance on Fees Regulations
http://www.ico.gov.uk/upload/documents/l...
 
Cost estimation

I hope the following explanation will clarify why it will not be possible
to respond to your request within the 18 hour cost threshold stipulated by
the FoIA.  In order to assess whether the information that you have
requested was held and could be located, retrieved and extracted within
the cost limit, I initially contacted Human Resources - Workforce
Deployment.  I have discovered that the information you are requesting in
Q's 2, 3 & 4 is not recorded in a format in a centralised system and would
necessitate all 321 personal files to be drawn.  Once in possession of the
files each file would need to be read to ascertain if the information
requested is held and if it answers the request.  I estimate it would take
me at least 4 - 5 minutes to manually scroll through each file giving a
total of over 21 hours in all.
This cost estimation does not include the remaining part of your request.

We estimate that the cost of complying with this request would exceed the
appropriate limit.  The appropriate limit has been specified in
regulations and for agencies outside central Government: this is set at
£450.00.  This represents the estimated cost of one person spending 18
hours (at a rate of £25.00 per hour) in determining whether the MPS holds
the information, and locating, retrieving and extracting the information.

This part of your request, therefore, is refused.

Q.5

For the years 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 (to date) the number of officers
dismissed by rank are as follows.  We do not hold the information you
require regarding individual officers as their salaries are determined by
their service.  However, in order to assist you under S. 16 of the Freedon
of Information Act 2000 I have attached the pay scale tables.

Inspectors        -    2

Sergeants        -    10

Constables      -     56

.................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

Constables

 

Sergeants

 

Inspectors

Officers who joined post 1994 - In addition to Salary, Police Officers
receive allowances of London Weighting £2,220 per annum as of 1st July 09
(which will increase to £2,277 from 1 July 2010) and London Allowance of
£1,011 and London Allowance 2 of £3,327 per annum (this is fixed and
doesn't change with annual increments).  So receive a total of £6,558 in
allowances on top of pay.

Officers who joined prior to 1994 - In addition to Salary, Police Officers
receive London Weighting £2,220 per annum as of 1st July 09 (which will
increase to £2,277 from 1 July 2010) London Allowance of £1,011 and Rent
and Housing Allowance (amounts payable are dependent on individual
circumstances).  If in receipt of a half rate rent or housing allowance an
addition London Allowance 3 of £1,000 per annum is payable. Rent or
Housing Allowances and London Allowance 3 are fixed amounts not subject to
change with Annual increments.

Securing and maintaining the trust of the community is integral to the
principle of policing by consent and in order to do so, the MPS recognises
that its employees must act with professionalism and integrity whether on
or off duty. The MPS treats each occasion when an employee receives a
criminal conviction extremely seriously and will, in each instance, review
the suitability of that employee to continue to serve with the MPS. Each
case is judged upon its merits and where dismissal is deemed
inappropriate, the MPS will determine whether an alternative sanction is
justified. This review is undertaken in accordance with current
legislation and guidance. Any employee whose standard of behaviour is
proven to have fallen below the standards expected is robustly disciplined
by the MPS.

 
The MPS is committed to delivering a professional service of the highest
standard to the public and expects its employees to conduct themselves
professionally, ethically and with the utmost integrity at all times.  Any
instance where the conduct of our staff brings the MPS into disrepute is
treated extremely seriously by the MPS.

This notice concludes your request for information. I would like to take
this opportunity to thank you for your interest in the MPS.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

If you are dissatisfied with this response please read the attached paper
entitled Complaint Rights which explains how to make a complaint.  

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
contact me on 02071616511 or at the address at the top of this letter,
quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Margaret Bunker
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

Total Policing is the Met's commitment to be on the streets and in your
communities to catch offenders, prevent crime and support victims. We are
here for London, working with you to make our capital safer.

 

Consider our environment - please do not print this email unless
absolutely necessary.

NOTICE - This email and any attachments may be confidential, subject to
copyright and/or legal privilege and are intended solely for the use of
the intended recipient. If you have received this email in error, please
notify the sender and delete it from your system.  To avoid incurring
legal liabilities, you must not distribute or copy the information in this
email without the permission of the sender. MPS communication systems are
monitored to the extent permitted by law.  Consequently, any email and/or
attachments may be read by monitoring staff. Only specified personnel are
authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
reached with other employees or agents.  The security of this email and
any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned
but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

 

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