Epping Forest Keepers and Hampstead Heath Constabulary

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Dear City of London Corporation,

Could you please clarify in regards to both of these bodies, whether they can enforce and use criminal legislation (e.g. S.1 Theft Act 1968, s.23 Misuse of drugs act 1971) or if the are limited to enforcing byelaws only.

If so what are their powers to enforce these byelaws? Are the powers contained in the byelaws themselves, or do they use criminal legislation such as s.1 and S.24 PACE 1984 to do this?

Also, could you clarify whether there is any integration between the two services, such as joint training or courses?

Have any plans for integration been considered by swearing in staff from both organisations with the legislation from each others area, allowing them to work in either park? This approach has been done by the Home office and there should be no legal barrier to this.

Is there a reason Hampstead Heath Constabulary use Blue lights on their vehicles, as well as be equipped with handcuffs and batons, but Epping Forest Constables are not?

Has there been any previous review of greater integration of the two, inculding issuing the same uniform, training and vehicles as well as officers travelling between Hampstead Heath and Epping Forest for events, etc and the costs saved by this?

Yours faithfully,

D. Schofield

COL-EB-InformationOfficer, City of London Corporation

Dear D. Schofield,

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Dear D Schofield,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 (FOIA) - REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

 

Following your request of  9 August, and our acknowledgement of the same
day, the City of London (CoL) responds as follows. 

 

Please note that the CoL is not solely a local authority; it has
charitable and other related functions as well as public ones. As a
result, the work of the CoL is funded from one of three sources which it
controls. One is the City Fund (a public, tax-based fund); another is
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primarily the Bridge House Estates Fund (which maintains the five City
bridges across the Thames), and charities which maintain open spaces in
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Epping Forest and Hampstead Heath are out of scope of the FOIA.
Nonetheless, we provide the following information.”

 

Query:

 

Could you please clarify in regards to both of these bodies, whether they
can enforce and use criminal legislation (e.g. S.1 Theft Act 1968, s.23
Misuse of drugs act 1971) or if the are limited  to enforcing byelaws
only.

 

If so what are their powers to enforce these byelaws? Are the powers
contained in the byelaws themselves, or do they use criminal legislation
such as s.1 and S.24 PACE 1984 to do this?

 

The Hampstead Heath Constables are authorised to use their constabulary
powers for the purposes of enforcing the byelaws relating to Hampstead
Heath by virtue of the Ministry of Housing and Local Government (Greater
London Parks & Open Spaces)(Confirmation Order) Act 1967. Similar
provisions are applied to the Epping Forest Constabulary by virtue of the
Epping Forest Act 1878.

 

Also, could you clarify whether there is any integration between the two
services, such as joint training or courses?

 

Training courses are co-ordinated across the Open Spaces Department,
particularly on large scale incident response.

 

Have any plans for integration been considered by swearing in staff from
both organisations with the legislation from each others area, allowing
them to work in either park? This approach has been done by the Home
office and there should be no legal barrier to this.

 

No plans have been developed in this regard.

 

Is there a reason Hampstead Heath Constabulary use Blue lights on their
vehicles, as well as be equipped with handcuffs and batons, but Epping
Forest Constables are not?

 

As above – working under different legislation.

 

Has there been any previous review of greater integration of the two,
inculding issuing the same uniform, training and vehicles as well as
officers travelling between Hampstead Heath and Epping Forest for events,
etc and the costs saved by this?

 

Cost saving options are regularly considered by the department, although
these services enforce under different powers and some retraining would be
required.

 

 

We hope that this response is of assistance.

 

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