Dear Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service,

Would you be kind enough to provide the following information;

FOI/92228/PV preparation material i.e all emails, notes and drafts of this referenced FOI

Yours faithfully,

Mark Peters

Disclosure Team, Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service

Dear Mr Peters,

Thank you for your email.

I have considered your request for information but I am unable to answer it without further clarification. Section 1(3) of the FOIA does not oblige us to answer requests where we require further clarification to identify and locate the information requested.

So that I provide you with the right information, please can you confirm what you refer to as " FOI/92228/PV"? Is this as previous FOI that was responded to by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ)? If so, please could you confirm the reference number of this request, as what has been provided does not correspond with anything we have on record. On receipt of this information I will continue to process your request

Kind Regards,

Disclosure Team, Information Services
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Dear Disclosure Team,

The following FOI request ( by a Mr Brewster) relates to the reference provided;

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/d...

Yours sincerely,

Mark Peters

MacKinnon, Jennifer, Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service

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Please find attached an acknowledgement of the above request.

 

Jennifer Mackinnon

Knowledge Information Liaison Officer

Analysis & Performance | Finance, Governance and Performance Directorate |
HMCTS | Birmingham ASC | B16 8PE

 

" I am not authorised to bind the Ministry of Justice contractually, nor
to make representation or other statements which may bind the Ministry of
Justice in any way via electronic means".

 

 

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Weston, Bob (Gloucester), Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service

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Please find attached a response and data for this request

 

Bob Weston

 

Knowledge Information Liaison Officer

 

HMCTS - Analysis and Performance Division, Finance, Governance and
Performance Directorate.

 

Tel: 01452 334448 or 0203 3345511

 

E [1][email address]

 

1st Floor | Twyver House | Bruton Way | Gloucester | GL1 1PE

 

" I am not authorised to bind the Ministry of Justice contractually, nor
to make representation or other statements which may bind the Ministry of
Justice in any way via electronic means".

 

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Dear Mr XXXX,

Thank you for your email of 21st July 2014, in which you asked for the following information from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ):

“1: Number of G4s security officers employed by courts

2: proof of designation, paperwork naming the individuals as  designated court security officers,

3:copy of any certificates designating people as court officers

4: Copy of training manual or link, they are obliged to complete as  court security officers,

5: number of court security officers that have been charged with  any offence,

6: number of complaints about court security officers by the public

7: number of outstanding cases against court security officers”

Your request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

I can confirm that the department holds some of the information that you have asked for, and I am pleased to provide this to you as follows.

I would like to take the opportunity to assure you that HM Courts & Tribunals Service takes the issue of security within courts very seriously and has a rigorous system in place to ensure the safety of all court users. In addition to other physical security measures, HM Courts & Tribunals Service relies on the security personnel supplied by approved contractors.
 
Suitability checks and training is completed by a potential Court Security Officer, under the guidance of the Contractor; with further checks undertaken by HM Courts & Tribunals Service themselves, to ensure that the individual meets the specific criteria detailed within the Contract.

1: Number of G4S security officers employed by courts - At present there are 811 G4S Security Officers deployed across the G4S Work Package (covering Midlands, North East, North West and Wales). This figure varies periodically due to those leaving the contract and new individuals being employed.
 
2: Proof of designation paperwork naming the individuals as  designated court security officers - Following the designation process, letters of designation are sent to the Contractor (by HM Courts & Tribunals Service) confirming the individuals designation and they are despatched to the Security Officer by the Contractor.
 
3: Copy of any certificates designating people as court officers - HM Courts & Tribunals Service does not provide a certificate designating the Security Officer. Certificates are supplied to the Security Officer by the Contractor following the completion of the appropriate training required to be deployed.
 
4: Copy of training manual or link, they are obliged to complete as court security officers - Security Officers must complete Courts Act 2003 compatible training, covering awareness of the Act and Physical Intervention Training. The training is held by the Contractor (or appropriate Sub-Contractor) and delivered by them. Whilst HM Courts & Tribunals Service approves the training, the material is held by the Contractor.
 
5: Number of court security officers that have been charged with any offence – HM Courts & Tribunals Service does not hold this information. Any offences committed would be a Disciplinary or Human Resources matter for the Contractor.
 
6: Number of complaints about court security officers by the public - HM Courts & Tribunals Service does not hold this information. Any complaints received would be investigated by the Contractor on a case by case basis and, where necessary, the matter would be escalated to disciplinary proceedings.
 
7: Number of outstanding cases against court security officers - HM Courts & Tribunals Service does not hold this information. These issues would be handled by the relevant Contractor on a case by case basis. Following any findings in the case, this matter could be escalated to disciplinary proceedings.

You can also find more information by reading the full text of the Act (available at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000...).

You have the right to appeal our decision if you think it is incorrect. Details can be found in the ‘How to Appeal’ section attached at the end of this letter.

Disclosure Log

You can also view information that the Ministry of Justice has disclosed in response to previous Freedom of Information requests. Responses are anonymised and published on our on-line disclosure log which can be found on the MoJ website:
https://www.gov.uk/government/organisati...


Yours sincerely

Knowledge Information Liaison Officer
For
Finance & Governance

Mark Peters left an annotation ()

DOCUMENT 3 from attachments

Freedom of Information Request

Dear Mr XXXX,

Thank you for your email of 21st July 2014, in which you asked for the following information from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ):

“1: Number of G4s security officers employed by courts

2: proof of designation, paperwork naming the individuals as  designated court security officers,

3:copy of any certificates designating people as court officers

4: Copy of training manual or link, they are obliged to complete as  court security officers,

5: number of court security officers that have been charged with  any offence,

6: number of complaints about court security officers by the public

7: number of outstanding cases against court security officers”

Your request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

I can confirm that the department holds some of the information that you have asked for, and I am pleased to provide this to you as follows.

1: Number of G4S security officers employed by courts - At present there are 811 G4S Security Officers deployed across the G4S Work Package (covering Midlands, North East, North West and Wales). This figure varies periodically due to those leaving the contract and new individuals being employed.
 
2: Proof of designation paperwork naming the individuals as  designated court security officers - Following the designation process, letters of designation are sent to the Contractor (by HMCTS) confirming the individuals designation and they are despatched to the Security Officer.
 
3:Copy of any certificates designating people as court officers - HMCTS does not provide a certificate designating the Security Officer. Certificates are supplied to the Security Officer following the completion of the appropriate training required to be deployed.
 
4: Copy of training manual or link, they are obliged to complete as court security officers - Security Officers must complete Courts Act 2003 compatible training, covering awareness of the Act and Physical Intervention Training. The training is held by the Contractor (or appropriate Sub-Contractor) and delivered by them. Whilst HMCTS approve the training, the material is held by the Contractor.
 
5: Number of court security officers that have been charged with any offence - HMCTS do not hold this information. Any offences committed would be a Disciplinary or Human Resources matter for the Contractor.
 
6: Number of complaints about court security officers by the public - HMCTS do not hold this information. Any complaints received would be investigated by the Contractor on a case by case basis and, where necessary, the matter would be escalated to disciplinary proceedings.
 
7: Number of outstanding cases against court security officers - HMCTS do not hold this information. These issues would be handled by the relevant Contractor on a case by case basis. Following any findings in the case, this matter could be escalated to disciplinary proceedings.

You can also find more information by reading the full text of the Act (available at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000...).

You have the right to appeal our decision if you think it is incorrect. Details can be found in the ‘How to Appeal’ section attached at the end of this letter.

Disclosure Log

You can also view information that the Ministry of Justice has disclosed in response to previous Freedom of Information requests. Responses are anonymised and published on our on-line disclosure log which can be found on the MoJ website:
https://www.gov.uk/government/organisati...


Yours sincerely

Knowledge Information Liaison Officer
For
Finance & Governance

Mark Peters left an annotation ()

DOCUMENT 2 from attachments

Freedom of Information Request

Dear Mr XXXX,

Thank you for your email of 21st July 2014, in which you asked for the following information from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ):

“1: Number of G4s security officers employed by courts

2: proof of designation, paperwork naming the individuals as  designated court security officers,

3:copy of any certificates designating people as court officers

4: Copy of training manual or link, they are obliged to complete as  court security officers,

5: number of court security officers that have been charged with  any offence,

6: number of complaints about court security officers by the public

7: number of outstanding cases against court security officers”

Your request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

I can confirm that the department holds some of the information that you have asked for, and I am pleased to provide this to you as follows.

1: Number of G4S security officers employed by courts - At present there are 811 G4S Security Officers deployed across the G4S Work Package (covering Midlands, North East, North West and Wales). This figure varies periodically due to those leaving the contract and new individuals being employed.
 
2: Proof of designation paperwork naming the individuals as  designated court security officers - Following the designation process, letters of designation are sent to the Contractor (by HMCTS) confirming the individuals designation and they are despatched to the Security Officer by the Contractor.
 
3:Copy of any certificates designating people as court officers - HMCTS does not provide a certificate designating the Security Officer. Certificates are supplied to the Security Officer by the Contractor following the completion of the appropriate training required to be deployed.
 
4: Copy of training manual or link, they are obliged to complete as court security officers - Security Officers must complete Courts Act 2003 compatible training, covering awareness of the Act and Physical Intervention Training. The training is held by the Contractor (or appropriate Sub-Contractor) and delivered by them. Whilst HMCTS approve the training, the material is held by the Contractor.
 
5: Number of court security officers that have been charged with any offence - HMCTS do not hold this information. Any offences committed would be a Disciplinary or Human Resources matter for the Contractor.
 
6: Number of complaints about court security officers by the public - HMCTS does not hold this information. Any complaints received would be investigated by the Contractor on a case by case basis and, where necessary, the matter would be escalated to disciplinary proceedings.
 
7: Number of outstanding cases against court security officers - HMCTS does not hold this information. These issues would be handled by the relevant Contractor on a case by case basis. Following any findings in the case, this matter could be escalated to disciplinary proceedings.

You can also find more information by reading the full text of the Act (available at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000...).

You have the right to appeal our decision if you think it is incorrect. Details can be found in the ‘How to Appeal’ section attached at the end of this letter.

Disclosure Log

Mark Peters left an annotation ()

DRAFT RESPONSE from attachments

Freedom of Information Request

Dear

Thank you for your email of 21st July 2014, in which you asked for the following information from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ):

“1: Number of G4s security officers employed by courts

2: proof of designation, paperwork naming the individuals as  designated court security officers,

3:copy of any certificates designating people as court officers

4: Copy of training manual or link, they are obliged to complete as  court security officers,

5: number of court security officers that have been charged with  any offence,

6: number of complaints about court security officers by the public

7: number of outstanding cases against court security officers”

Your request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

I can confirm that the department holds some of the information that you have asked for, and I am pleased to provide this to you as follows.

1: Number of G4S security officers employed by courts - At present there are 811 G4S Security Officers deployed across the G4S Work Package (covering Midlands, North East, North West and Wales). This figure varies periodically due to those leaving the contract and new individuals being employed.
 
2: Proof of designation paperwork naming the individuals as  designated court security officers - Following the designation process, letters of designation are sent to the Contractor (by HMCTS) confirming the individuals designation and they are despatched to the Security Officer.
 
3:Copy of any certificates designating people as court officers - HMCTS does not provide a certificate designating the Security Officer. Certificates are supplied to the Security Officer following the completion of the appropriate training required to be deployed.
 
4: Copy of training manual or link, they are obliged to complete as court security officers - Security Officers must complete Courts Act 2003 compatible training, covering awareness of the Act and Physical Intervention Training. The training is held by the Contractor (or appropriate Sub-Contractor) and delivered by them. Whilst HMCTS approve the training, the material is held by the Contractor.
 
5: Number of court security officers that have been charged with any offence - HMCTS do not hold this information. Any offences committed would be a Disciplinary or Human Resources matter for the Contractor.
 
6: Number of complaints about court security officers by the public - HMCTS do not hold this information. Any complaints received would be investigated by the Contractor on a case by case basis and, where necessary, the matter would be escalated to disciplinary proceedings.
 
7: Number of outstanding cases against court security officers - HMCTS do not hold this information. These issues would be handled by the relevant Contractor on a case by case basis. Following any findings in the case, this matter could be escalated to disciplinary proceedings.

You can also find more information by reading the full text of the Act (available at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000...).

You have the right to appeal our decision if you think it is incorrect. Details can be found in the ‘How to Appeal’ section attached at the end of this letter