Emergency Equipment Fitted to Senior Officers vehicles

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Dear Warwickshire Police,
Can I request the following information under the freedom of information act please!

1) Do senior officer’s (Rank Superintendent and above) have emergency equipment eg lights and sirens fitted to their work vehicle? When I refer to work vehicle I am referring to either service vehicle/ Lease Vehicle/ Personal Vehicle. Emergency Equipment includes covert blue lights and sirens.

2) If yes to Question 1 please can you inform me what make and models of vehicles do Warwickshire Police provide/ Lease to senior officers with emergency Equipment fitted.

Yours faithfully,

Arron Evans

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Dear Arron Evans,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 530-2021 [Emergancy equipt vehicles ]

We are writing in connection with your request for information which was received on 14th June 2021.  Your request will now be considered in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“the Act”).

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FOI Administration Officer
Information and Compliance
Warwickshire Police

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Dear Arron Evans

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 530-2021

 

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
on 14^th June 2021 as follows:

 

1. Do senior officer’s (Rank Superintendent and above) have emergency
equipment eg lights and sirens fitted to their work vehicle? When I refer
to work vehicle I am referring to either service vehicle/ Lease Vehicle/
Personal Vehicle.  Emergency Equipment includes covert blue lights and
sirens.

 

2. If yes to Question 1 please can you inform me what make and models of
vehicles do Warwickshire Police provide/ Lease to senior officers with
emergency Equipment fitted.           

 

Q1 response: Yes

 

Q2 response: Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 requires
the Alliance, when refusing to provide such information (because the
information is exempt) to you the applicant with a notice which (a) states
that fact, (b) specifies the exemption in question and (c) states (if that
would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption applies.

 

I can confirm that Warwickshire Police does hold information in respect of
this element of your request; however the following exemptions apply to
part of the requested information:

 

Section 31(1)(a)(b) – Law Enforcement

 

Section 31 exemption is a prejudice-based qualified exemption and as such,
there is a requirement to evidence the harm disclosure would cause and to
carry out a public interest test.

 

Harm

 

Unmarked vehicles used in certain specialised roles are unmarked for the
specific purpose of being unidentifiable.  There are concerns associated
with the release of any information that would identify any unmarked
vehicles in such roles, or in any role which could lead to the compromise
of law enforcement.  Disclosing details of vehicles utilised by senior
ranks, together with other information already in the public domain would
assist those intent on criminal behaviour in identification of such
vehicles. 

 

Public Interest Test

 

Section 31 - Factors Favouring Disclosure

 

The public have an interest in knowing how pubic funds are being utilised.

 

Section 31 - Factors Against Disclosure

The Police Service has a duty to ensure that the prevention and detection
of crime, apprehension or prosecution of offenders, and administration
of justice is carried out appropriately and effectively.

Disclosure of the type of unmarked vehicles used in certain specialised
roles assist those intent of criminal activity to identify vehicles used
by Warwickshire Police.  This would allow them to adjust their behaviour
to evade detection which would compromise the tactical effectiveness of
using such vehicles and hinder the prevention or detection of crime. 
Conversely, this could also lead to the targeting of specific vehicles. 
Therefore, disclosure could provide a tactical advantage to offenders
which would negatively impact on safety and undermine the policing
purpose.

 

Balance Test

 

For a public interest test, issues that favour disclosure need to be
measured against issues that favour non-disclosure.

Whilst the value of transparency and the right for the public to know how
funds are spent is recognised, there is no further tangible benefit to the
public interest in identifying information in relation to vehicles
utilised by senior ranks.  The ability to deliver effective law
enforcement is of paramount importance and Warwickshire Police will not
divulge information if to do so would have an adverse effect on the
force’s ability to prevent and detect crime.

Therefore, on balance, it is considered that the public interest in
providing the information is outweighed by the potential impact release
would have on future law enforcement activities and this represents a
refusal notice for information in relation to such vehicles.

Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided is as
accurate as possible.

 

Your attention is drawn to the below which details your right of
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Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please write
or email the Freedom of Information Unit quoting the reference number
above.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Rachel Mumford

Freedom of Information Officer

Freedom of Information Unit
Warwickshire Police

PO Box 4

Leek Wootton

Warwickshire

CV35 7QB

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