Charlotte Pearl

Dear Cleveland Police,

I am writing to make an open government request for all the information to which I am entitled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. This request relates DrugWipe roadside screening.

Please supply any policies, procedures and guidance on conducting DrugWipe roadside tests.

Please, can you confirm :

1) How many DrugWipe kits does the force have

2) How many officers are trained to carry out DrugWipe roadside tests.

3) Total number of roadside tests conducted in 2018

4) Total number roadside tests that gave a false positive (where someone tested positive at the scene but subsequent lab testing failed to support the original result) in 2018.

5) Total number roadside tests that gave a false positive for cocaine (where someone tested positive at the scene but subsequent lab testing failed to support the original result) in 2018.

6) The total number of times the force has recorded that your officers failed to follow procedures fully on the recording of information about or from a roadside DrugWipe test at the scene

Yours faithfully,

Charlotte Pearl

Cleveland Police

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Freedom of Information, Cleveland Police

Dear Ms Pearl,

Enquiry Ref: 11873/2020

I acknowledge receipt of your request for information dated 10th April 2020 and received by this office on that date.

As set out by the Freedom of Information Act it will be our aim to respond to your request within 20 working days that is by 13th May 2020. In some cases, however, we may be unable to achieve this deadline and would hope to contact you should this be the case.

Please note: Although every effort will be made to ensure a response is provided within statutory deadlines, due to current circumstances delays may be unavoidable. We apologise for any inconvenience and will endeavour to process your request as quickly as is practicable.

Please note the ‘working day’ is defined as any day other than a Saturday, a Sunday, or a day which is a bank holiday in any part of the United Kingdom. The first reckonable day is the first working day after receipt.

If you have any questions regarding your request please contact this office.

Yours sincerely,

Ms E McGuigan
Freedom of Information Decision Maker
Directorate of Standards and Ethics
Cleveland Community Safety Hub | 1 Cliffland Way | Hemlington | TS8 9GL
E-mail: [Cleveland Police request email]

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Freedom of Information, Cleveland Police

Dear Ms Pearl,

Please accept our apologies for not having responded to your request contained in the below e-mail.

Due to staffing issues and the current situation we have not been able to retrieve the requested information at this time. We are monitoring the situation and as soon as we receive the information we will forward our response to you.

If you have any questions regarding your request or you no longer require the information please contact this office.

Yours sincerely,

Ms E McGuigan
Freedom of Information Decision Maker
Directorate of Standards and Ethics
Cleveland Community Safety Hub | 1 Cliffland Way | Hemlington | TS8 9GL
E-mail: [email address]

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Freedom of Information, Cleveland Police

Dear Ms Pearl

Enquiry Ref: 11873/2020

I write in connection with your request for information dated 10th April 2020 and received by this office on 14th April 2020. Below are the questions raised in your request and our response.

I am writing to make an open government request for all the information to which I am entitled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. This request relates DrugWipe roadside screening.

Please supply any policies, procedures and guidance on conducting DrugWipe roadside tests.
a) We have made enquiries with the office that deals with Policy and Guidance and they have advised that Cleveland Police do not have any such policies, procedures or guidance.

Please, can you confirm :

1) How many DrugWipe kits does the force have
a) Since 2018 the Force has purchased 5575 drug wipe kits.

2) How many officers are trained to carry out DrugWipe roadside tests.

3) Total number of roadside tests conducted in 2018
a) There were 791 roadside drug wipes conducted during 2018

4) Total number roadside tests that gave a false positive (where someone tested positive at the scene but subsequent lab testing failed to support the original result) in 2018.

5) Total number roadside tests that gave a false positive for cocaine (where someone tested positive at the scene but subsequent lab testing failed to support the original result) in 2018.

6) The total number of times the force has recorded that your officers failed to follow procedures fully on the recording of information about or from a roadside DrugWipe test at the scene

Section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) places two duties on public authorities. Unless exemptions apply, the first duty at Section 1 (1) (a) is to confirm or deny whether the information specified in a request is held. The second duty at Sec 1(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.

Having made enquiries within the Force due to the nature of our recording systems the information requested, if held, is not in an easily retrievable format. Our information retrieval process generally relies on a computer ran report which captures any information recorded upon the surface of a record. Where relevant information is held deeper in a record a manual assessment is usually required to retrieve that information. To ascertain the information you are requesting would require a manual search and it is estimated that this would take in excess of the appropriate time stipulated by the Secretary for Constitutional Affairs, Lord Falconer on the 18th Of October 2004, that is, eighteen hours. This falls under the exemption of 'Compliance exceeding the appropriate limit' covered by Section 12 (1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and as such this work could not be undertaken.
Therefore, please treat this as a refusal notice under S17 of the Freedom of information Act. However as a gesture of goodwill outside of the Act we have provided the answers collated before it was realised this would take over the time limit specified.

Please note that all statistical data supplied in relation to Freedom of Information requests is a snapshot of data held at the time the request was received by the Freedom of Information office and is subject to constant change/updates.

The Cleveland Police response to your request is unique and it should be noted that Police Forces do not use generic systems or identical procedures to capture and record data therefore responses from Cleveland Police should not be used as a comparison with any other force response you receive.

If you are not satisfied with this response or any actions taken in dealing with your request you have the right to request an independent internal review of your case under our review procedure. The APP College of Policing guidance states that a request for internal review should be made within 20 working days of the date on this response or 40 working days if extenuating circumstances to account for the delay can be evidenced.

We have made every effort to ensure a response was provided within statutory deadlines, however due to current circumstances delays have been unavoidable. If your response was late we apologise for any inconvenience it may have caused. If we can be of any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact this office.

Yours sincerely

Mrs M Johnson
Freedom of Information Decision Maker
Department of Standard & Ethics | 1 Cliffland Way | Hemlington | TS8 9GL

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