Drone documenation

Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, West Midlands Police should have responded by now (details). You can complain by requesting an internal review.

Dear West Midlands Police,

This is a FOI request for information regarding the use of aerial drones, UAs, UAVs, and UASs (hereinafter “drones”) within your police force.

1. How many drones do you own, operate or have access to?

2. Kindly provide any policies, guidelines, manuals and/or instructions on department use of drones, including on the legal process required (including the retention of information gathered), if any, before operating a drone;

3. Kindly provide any requests for proposals, proposals submitted by vendors, contracts, budgets or cost allocations for the purchase and/or use of drones;

3. Kindly provide any records concerning the police force’s plans to use drones in the future including the purposes drones are being considered for;

4. How many requests have been made by your police force to the Civil Aviation Authority for a licence to use a drone, and how many of these requests

a) have been refused?
b) are still outstanding??

Yours faithfully,

Eric King

Freedom of Information, West Midlands Police

Dear Mr King


Thank you for your request for information, received 03 August 2012.

Your request is being considered and you will receive a response within the statutory timescale of 20 working days, as defined by the Act, subject to the application of any statutory exemptions. Where consideration is being given to the application of any exemptions the 20 working day timescale may be extended under the terms of the Act to a period considered reasonable depending on the nature and circumstances of your request. In such cases you will be notified and, where possible, a revised time-scale will be indicated. In all cases we shall attempt to deal with your request at the earliest opportunity.

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Yours sincerely

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Claudine Paquet left an annotation ()

The requester should contact West Midlands Police via whatdotheyknow and demand an internal review.

If this request is not then promptly responded to, either supplying the information or explaining why it can't or won't be supplied, then the requester should report the non-compliance to the Information Commissioner.

This force is gaining a bad reputation for its failure to handle FOIA requests in a timely manner and needs to get its act together.

Excuses of staff shortages, reorgansation, etc. don't cut the mustard.

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