Dear Avon and Somerset Constabulary,

I would like to request a fleet list with the following information on the current fleet for this force.

Vehicle Fleet of Marked Resources:
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- Vehicle Model & Make
- Vehicle Year (e.g. 2016, 2017)
- Registration Number / Registration Plate
- Role of the Vehicle (e.g. Area Car, Prisoner Transport)
- Division the Vehicle is part of (e.g. Local Policing, Roads Policing)
- Station Vehicle is Based at

Vehicle Fleet of Unmarked Resources:
----------------------------------------------------------
- Vehicle Model & Make
- Vehicle Year (e.g. 2016, 2017)
- Division the Vehicle is part of (e.g. Local Policing, Roads Policing)

Yours faithfully,
Alex Bonser

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Legal Services Directorate

Force Headquarters, PO Box 37, Valley Road,

Portishead, Bristol, BS20 8QJ

Email [email address]    

 

 

 

 

Alex Bonser Our 1584/19
<[FOI #627804 email]> Reference
Date 16
January
2020

 

Dear Mr Bonser

 

I regret to inform you that Avon and Somerset Constabulary have not been
able to complete its response to your request by the date originally
stated. 

 

I now advise you that the amended date for a response is no later than
13^th February.  This is due to consideration being given to the
application of a qualified exemption, and as such will require further
consideration regarding the public interest test.  I can assure you that
every effort will be made to ensure an appropriate response will be made
within this new timescale.

 

May I apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your
request

Yours sincerely

 

Rebecca Pritchard

Freedom of Information Officer

 

Legal Services Directorate  |  Avon and Somerset Police

[1]www.avonandsomerset.police.uk  |  Follow us on [2]Twitter and
[3]Facebook

 

 

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3.     Avon and Somerset Constabulary provides you with the right to
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Legal Services Department

Force Headquarters, PO Box 37, Valley Road,

Portishead, Bristol, BS20 8QJ

Email [email address]    

 

 

 

 

Alex Bonser Our 1584/19
<[FOI #627804 email]> Reference
Date 03
February
2020

 

Dear Mr Bonser

 

I write in connection with your request for information dated 16^th
December under the Freedom of Information Act.

 

Specifically you asked:

I would like to request a fleet list with the following information on the
current fleet for this force.

 

Vehicle Fleet of Marked Resources:

- Vehicle Model & Make

- Vehicle Year (e.g. 2016, 2017)

- Registration Number / Registration Plate

- Role of the Vehicle (e.g. Area Car, Prisoner Transport)

- Division the Vehicle is part of (e.g. Local Policing, Roads Policing)

- Station Vehicle is Based at

 

Vehicle Fleet of Unmarked Resources:

- Vehicle Model & Make

- Vehicle Year (e.g. 2016, 2017)

- Division the Vehicle is part of (e.g. Local Policing, Roads Policing)

 

Our response:

 

Please find our response attached.

 

The vehicle roles, division and where they are stationed and any
information relating to covert vehicles has been considered exempt from
disclosure. The exemption applicable to the withheld information is
section 31(1)(a)(b) of the act which relates to law enforcement.  Section
31 is a qualified and prejudice based exemption which means there is a
requirement to identify and evidence the harm that would be caused by
disclosure and consideration given to the public interest which is below.

 

Harm

Harm has been identified in providing you with the details of where
vehicles are based and the vehicle roles. Release of this
information could allow those intent on criminal behaviour to map
our vehicle resources and establish specialist vehicles which would
undermine law enforcement. These details would allow those criminally
minded to identify specific vehicles and use this information to evade
apprehension thus negatively impacting on our ability to prevent and
detect crime.

 

There are concerns associated with the release of any information that
would identify covert vehicles as law enforcement could be adversely
affected. The release of this information in relation to vehicles used for
covert activities would equip individuals involved in criminal activity
with an indication of our capabilities. This information, together with
other information already in the public domain would assist those involved
in criminal behaviour in identifying the vehicles that are used for covert
operations. This would render them useless, hinder the prevention and
detection of crime and could compromise ongoing and future enquiries.

 

Public Interest Test for Section 31(1)(a)(b)

 

Considerations favouring disclosure

Disclosure may add value to the accuracy of public debate with regards to
resources allocated for the prevention and detection of crime.

 

Considerations favouring non-disclosure

The Police Service has a duty to deliver effective law enforcement
ensuring that the prevention and detection of crime, apprehension or
prosecution of offenders, and administration of justice is carried out
appropriately.

 

Disclosing information that would allow the identification of unmarked
vehicles within a specific unit could compromise the vehicle’s operational
purpose and allow these to be targeted. Disclosure may reveal what
resources are available for a given role and this information could enable
police strength to be determined and circumvented by those intent on
committing crime.  The release of this information could therefore provide
a tactical advantage to offenders which would negatively impact on public
safety and undermine the policing purpose.

 

Disclosing the details of covert vehicles would provide sufficient
information to those involved in criminal activity of the capabilities
available to the force when carrying out covert activities in certain
areas. This could result in them taking steps to evade detection and to
destroy evidence if they believe that their movements are being monitored.
This could also lead to vehicles and officers being identified which would
render their covert capabilities useless.

Balance Test 

The ability to deliver effective law enforcement is of paramount
importance.  Whilst the value of transparency is recognised, there is no
further tangible benefit to identifying covert operation or unmarked
vehicles.  This may be interesting to some individuals however this is as
you will appreciate different to being in the public’s interest to know. 
To disclose information concerning covert and unmarked vehicles would have
an adverse effect on our ability to prevent and detect crime.  Therefore
on balance the factors favouring non-disclosure outweigh those favouring.
This represents a refusal notice for this part of your request.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Rebecca Pritchard

Freedom of Information Officer

 

Legal Services Dept  |  Avon and Somerset Police

[1]www.avonandsomerset.police.uk  |  Follow us on [2]Twitter and
[3]Facebook

 

 

Please note:

1.     Requests and responses may be published on Avon and Somerset
Constabulary’s website (within 24 hours), some of which may contain a link
to additional information, which may provide you with further
clarification.

2.     Whilst we may verbally discuss your request with you in order to
seek clarification, all other communication should be made in writing.

3.     Avon and Somerset Constabulary provides you with the right to
request a re-examination of your case under its review procedure (copy
attached).

 

 

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