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Dear West Mercia Police,

Please could I request the following information regarding all vehicles within your fleet (dating from the year 2000 till present):
- The Vehicle Make & Model 
- The Registration Number
- The role of the vehicle
- The year the vehicle was commissioned
- The year the vehicle was decommissioned (unless still in use)

Yours faithfully,

A Naji

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Information compliance - please see below request.

Mr Naji
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Dear Contact Us WMP,

May i bring to your attention that you haven't responded to my request within the required timeframe, i understand you may be have a backlog of foi requests and thus am willing to extend the response time. If i don't receive a response within 5 working days, i will have no choice but to contact the ICO.

Yours faithfully,

A Naji

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West Mercia Police

·         Contact your local policing team using the [1]'My area' section

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[2]online form

 

Make a complaint by emailing
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Dear Information Compliance -
Please see email below came via contact us
Many Thanks
Contact us 6638

Dear Naji -
Sorry you have had no response I have sent it again to Information compliance .
Kind regards
Contact Us 6638

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Information Compliance, West Mercia Police

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Dear Mr Naji

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NOs:  West Mercia Police 12001
and Warwickshire Police 12002

I write in connection with your requests for information which were
received on 11^th June 2019.  Please find below the responses to your
requests for West Mercia Police and Warwickshire Police information:

Please could I request the following information regarding all vehicles
within your fleet (dating from the year 2000 till present):

- The Vehicle Make & Model

- The Registration Number

- The role of the vehicle

- The year the vehicle was commissioned

- The year the vehicle was decommissioned (unless still in use)

 

REPLY: West Mercia Police 12001 and Warwickshire Police 12002

Section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 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 section 1(1) (b) is to disclose
information that has been confirmed as being held.

Where exemptions are relied upon 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 the Alliance does hold information in respect of your
request; however the following exemptions apply to part of that requested
information:

Section 31(1)(a)(b) – Law Enforcement

The Section 31 exemption is a prejudice-based qualified exemption. There
is therefore a requirement to carry out a HARM Test in respect of such
information and there is a requirement to carry out a Public Interest Test
in order to establish whether the public interest in maintaining the
exemption may be outweighed by a wider public benefit in disclosure.

Section 31 Evidence of Harm

The police are tasked with protecting our communities and to conduct this
a degree of covert policing may be necessary. Although it is widely known
that police forces use unmarked covert vehicles as part of their delivery
of effective operational law enforcement, to reveal the number of covert
vehicles together with make, model and role of each vehicle would reveal
tactical resources available to the forces and would undermine ongoing
covert investigations.  Furthermore, offenders would be aware of covert
surveillance vehicles and could take evasive action to avoid detection
which would void the purpose of these vehicles.

 

To disclose such information would be likely to harm law enforcement in
the covert area of policing and put officer’s safety at risk. This area of
policing is sensitive and must remain focussed and controlled in order to
prevent extremely dangerous situations from forming.

 

With regards to certain marked vehicles, disclosing this information would
enable criminals to map vehicle resources across the Force and therefore
increasing the likelihood of crime being committed in specific areas. This
would be especially true in providing information regarding which vehicles
are used for armed response. If criminals are aware of which vehicles are
used for specialist departments this could lead to those vehicles being
targeted for theft if it is known they contain specific equipment such as
firearms. 

 

Public interest test - Factors favouring disclosure

 

The disclosure of details of covert and certain marked cars would enable
the public to determine where public funds are being spent and would show
accountability in performing a key policing function. Disclosure may
encourage public awareness and debate and may reduce crime or lead to more
information being provided from the public for the prevention and
detection of crime.

 

Public interest test - Factors favouring non-disclosure

 

Providing the information on the use of specific vehicles would compromise
law enforcement tactics and hinder the prevention and detection of
crime. More crime would be committed, police resources would be impacted
and this would place the public at risk. Public safety is of paramount
importance to the policing purpose and must be considered in respect of
every release.

Balancing Test

 

Disclosure made under the Act is disclosure into the public domain (for
all to see) and the public interest is not what interests the public, but
what will be beneficial to the community as a whole. To disclose the
details of unmarked cars and certain marked vehicles would not only affect
the forces ability to prevent and detect crime or apprehend offenders, but
it would also impact on the forces key responsibility of protecting the
community it serves.

 

Whilst there is a public interest in the transparency of policing
operations and investigations, the safety of the officers using these
vehicles must also be considered and undoubtedly disclosure would
compromise their personal safety. 

 

The safety of the public is of paramount importance. The police will not
divulge any information that would place the safety of an individual at
risk or undermine law enforcement. It is for these reasons that the public
interest favours non-disclosure of the information.

 

In accordance with the Act, this letter represents a partial Refusal
Notice for your request.

 

Please see the attached table for the information which I am required to
disclose. Please note that there is only a requirement to store data for
7 years, therefore we are unable to provide full data back 2000, but have
provided all the information that is available.

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

Please accept my apologies for the delay in responding.

Your attention is drawn to the below which details your right of
complaint.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please write
or telephone the Information Compliance Unit quoting the reference number
above.

Yours sincerely

 

Mrs S Biddle

Information Compliance Unit
Warwickshire Police & West Mercia Police

PO Box 55

Hindlip

Worcester

WR3 8SP

01905 331545 / 331565 / 331559

 

 

West Mercia Police in complying with their statutory duty under sections 1
and 11 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to release the enclosed
information will not breach the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.
However, the rights of the copyright owner of the enclosed information
will continue to be protected by law. Applications for the copyright
owner’s written permission to reproduce any part of the attached
information should be addressed to The Force Solicitor, West Mercia Police
Headquarters, PO Box 55, Hindlip, Worcester, WR3 8SP.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

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decision is incorrect?

You have the right to require West Mercia Police (WMP) to review their
decision.

Prior to lodging a formal complaint you are welcome and encouraged to
discuss the decision with the person that dealt with your request.

Ask to have the decision looked at again -

The quickest and easiest way to have the decision looked at again is to
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That person will be able to discuss the decision, explain any issues and
assist with any problems.

Complaint

If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision of
WMP made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding
access to information, you can lodge a complaint with WMP to have the
decision reviewed. WMP must be notified of your intention to complain
within 20 working days of the date of its response to your Freedom of
Information request. Complaints should be made in writing and addressed
to:

West Mercia Police Headquarters

Information Compliance Unit

Hindlip Hall

Hindlip

PO Box 55

Worcester

WR3 8SP

or

Email:  [West Mercia Police request email]

In all possible circumstances, WMP will aim to respond to your complaint
within 20 working days.

The Information Commissioner

After lodging a complaint with WMP if you are still dissatisfied with the
decision you may make application to the Information Commissioner for a
decision on whether the request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of the Act.

For information on how to make application to the Information Commissioner
please visit their website at https://ico.org.uk/ Alternatively, phone or
write to:

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

Phone: 0303 123 1113 (local rate) or 01625 545745 if you prefer to use a
national rate number

Fax:    01625 524 510

 

 

 

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