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Forensic Medical Services Contract

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Dear Dyfed Powys Police,

I am writing to you under the freedom of information act 2000 to request the following information:

Q1. Who is your current supplier of Forensic Medical Services to Custody Suites, to include Forensic Medical Examiners and Custody Nurses?

Q2. When does your current contract expire for the supply of these services / medical personnel?

Q3. What is the annual cost of this contract to supply FMEs and Custody Nurses?

Q4. Who is responsible for the service standards and maintenance of this contract?

Q5. How many times in the last 12 months has your contract provider failed to provide an FME or Custody Nurse for any given shift (12 hour coverage period)?

Q6. A. Do you use agencies to provide Forensic Medical Service personnel in the event of staff shortages?
B. If so, please provide the average charge for each staff group in 2018?

Thank you for your time and I look forward to your response.

Yours faithfully,

paul lofthouse

Dyfed Powys Police

Diolch am eich e-bost sydd wedi’i dderbyn gan yr Uned Rhyddid Gwybodaeth
yn Heddlu Dyfed-Powys. Bydd yn cael ei ystyried a’i weithredu fel y bo’n
briodol. Os oes gennych unrhyw ymholiadau mewn perthynas â’r mater hwn,
mae croeso i chi gysylltu â’r Uned Rhyddid Gwybodaeth ar 01267 226596.

Thank you for your e-mail which has been received by the Freedom of
Information Unit at Dyfed Powys Police and will be considered and actioned
as appropriate. Should you have any queries in respect to this matter then
please feel free to contact the Freedom of Information Unit on 01267
226596.

A oeddech chi’n gwybod bod modd cyrchu gwybodaeth ynghylch Heddlu Dyfed
Powys drwy Gynllun Cyhoeddi a Log Datgeliadau Heddlu Dyfed-Powys? Mae’r
ddau ar gael drwy’r dolenni cyswllt isod:

Did you know you can access information about Dyfed Powys Police via the
Dyfed Powys Police Publication Scheme and the Dyfed Powys Police
Disclosure Log? Both are available via the below links:

[1]www.dyfed-powys.police.uk/en/about-us/guide-to-information/freedom-of-information-unit/

[2]www.dyfed-powys.police.uk/en/about-us/guide-to-information/requests-and-responses-disclosure-log/

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FOI, Dyfed Powys Police

1 Attachment

SWYDDOGOL OFFICIAL

Dear Sir/Madam,

 

Reference No: 936/2018

 

Thank you for your request for information dated and received by the
Freedom of Information Unit on 20/11/2018 concerning forensic medical
services contract.

 

This request is being handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

Dyfed-Powys Police can confirm that it does hold part of the information
covered by your request; however we believe that we need further time in
which to provide a full response to you.

 

We consider that the following exemption of the Freedom of Information Act
may apply to the information in part:

 

Section 43(2) Commercial Interests

 

(2) Information is exempt information if its disclosure under this Act
would, or would be likely to, prejudice commercial interests of any person
(including the public authority holding it).

 

Section 43 is a class-based qualified exemption. This means that the
legislators when writing the legislation considered that the release of
such information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 would cause
harm to the public authority or individual concerned. There is therefore
no requirement to carry out a HARM Test in respect of such information.
However 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.

 

We now need further time in which to consider the public interest in
disclosing the information. We will endeavour to provide you with a
response as soon as possible and in any case by 18/01/19. Should there be
any further delay we will write to you accordingly.

 

If you are unhappy with the way your request for information had been
handled, you can request a review by writing to the freedom of information
unit address supplied on the attached appeal process document.

 

If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request or complaint
you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner at:

 

The Information Commissioner’s Office,

Wycliffe House,

Water Lane,

Wilmslow,

Cheshire,

SK9 5AF.

 

Telephone:      0303 123 1113

Or:                   01625 545745

Website:          [1]www.ico.org.uk

 

There is no charge for making an appeal.

 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in
Dyfed-Powys Police.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Freedom of Information Unit, Dyfed Powys Police

 

Uned Rhyddid Gwybodaeth - Freedom of Information Unit

Pencadlys Heddlu - Dyfed-Powys Police Headquarters

Caerfyrddin - Carmarthen

Ffon/Tel: 01267 226014

e-bost/e-mail - [2][Dyfed Powys Police request email]

 

SWYDDOGOL OFFICIAL

 

E-MAIL CONFIDENTIALITY STATEMENT

This e-mail and any files transmitted with it are not necessarily the view
of Dyfed-Powys Police. It is intended only for the person or entity named
above. If you have received this e-mail in error please notify the
originator and erase this e-mail from your system. If you are not the
intended recipient or the employer or agent responsible for delivering it
to the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any use, review,
dissemination, distribution or copying of the e-mail is strictly
prohibited. This e-mail and any files transmitted within it have been
checked for all known viruses. The recipient should still check the e-mail
and any attachments for the presence of viruses, as Dyfed-Powys Police
accepts no liability for any damage caused by any virus transmitted by
this e-mail.

DATGANIAD CYFRINACHEDD E BOST

Nid yw'r e-bost hwn nag unrhyw ffeiliau a drosglwyddir gydag ef o
angenrheidrwydd yn adlewyrchu barn Heddlu Dyfed-Powys. Bwriedir yr e-bost
ar gyfer y person neu'r sefydliad a enwir uchod. Os derbyniwyd yr e-bost
hwn trwy gamgymeriad, dylid hysbysu'r anfonydd a dileu'r e-bost oddi ar
eich system os gwelwch yn dda. Os na'i fwriadwyd ar eich cyfer chi ac nid
chi yw'r cyflogwr na'r asiant sy'n gyfrifol am roi'r e-bost i'r derbynnydd
bwriadedig, fe'ch hysbysir gan hyn na chaniateir i chi ddefnyddio,
adolygu, lledaenu, dosbarthu na chopio'r e-bost ar unrhyw gyfrif.
Archwiliwyd yr e-bost hwn ac unrhyw ffeiliau a drosglwyddir gydag ef am
firws. Serch hynny, dylai'r derbynnydd hefyd archwilio'r e-bost a'r
ffeiliau sydd ynghlwm am firws oherwydd nid yw Heddlu Dyfed Powys yn
derbyn cyfrifoldeb am unrhyw ddifrod a achosir gan unrhyw firws a
drosglwyddir trwy gyfrwng yr e-bost hwn.

Mae Heddlu Dyfed-Powys wedi ymrwymo i ddiogelu r rhai hynny sydd fwyaf
agored i niwed. Rydym yn gweithio gydag eraill i fynd i r afael ag
ymddygiad sy n tanseilio cymunedau cryf, cydlynol ac rydym yn falch o
wasanaethu r trefi a r pentrefi mwyaf diogel ar draws Cymru a Lloegr*. Os
ydych o fewn Sir Gaerfyrddin, Ceredigion, Sir Benfro neu Bowys a bod
arnoch angen ein cymorth, rydym eisiau clywed gennych - mae gofalu
amdanoch yn bwysig i ni.

*Troseddau fesul pob poblogaeth o 1,000

Dyfed-Powys Police is committed to protecting those who are most
vulnerable. We work closely with others to tackle behaviour which
undermines strong, cohesive communities and, are proud to serve the safest
towns and villages across England and Wales*. If you are within
Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire or Powys and need our help, we
want to hear from you We care.

*Crimes per 1,000 population

 

References

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1. http://www.ico.org.uk/
2. mailto:[Dyfed Powys Police request email]

FOI, Dyfed Powys Police

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SWYDDOGOL OFFICIAL

Dear Mr Lofthouse,

 

Reference No: 936/2018

 

I write in connection with your request for information dated the 20^th
November 2018 and received in the FOI Unit on the same date regarding
forensic medical services contract.

 

This request is being handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

Please note: The FOI Unit were initially considering the application of
exemptions in relation to part of the request, which resulted in an
extension of the deadline, however having made further enquiries the FOI
Unit were later advised that the information requested in question 5 of
the request would exceed the appropriate time limit to retrieve therefore
a Section 12(2) exemption now applies to the request. Please accept our
sincere apologies for the delay in responding.

 

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.

 

Dyfed-Powys Police are unable to confirm or not whether we hold
information relevant to your request, since we consider that the Section
12(2) exemption the Cost of Compliance exceeds the Appropriate Limit
applies to it.

 

Where exemptions are relied upon Section 17 of the Freedom of Information
Act 2000 requires Dyfed-Powys Police, when refusing to provide such
information (because the information is exempt) to provide 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.

 

Section 12(2) – The cost of compliance exceeds the Appropriate Limit

 

Section 12(2) states: “…Subsection (1) does not exempt the public
authority from its obligation to comply with paragraph (a) of section 1(1)
unless the estimated cost of complying with that paragraph alone would
exceed the appropriate limit.”

 

The cost of determining what information is held, if any, relevant to the
whole of the request is above the amount to which we are legally required
to respond i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information
exceeds the “appropriate level” as stated in the Freedom of Information
(Fees and Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004. It is estimated that it
would exceed 18 hours (i.e. minimum of 1,054 hours) to comply with this
part of your request. The regulations can be located @

 

[1]www.legislation.hmso.gov.uk/si/si2004/20043244.htm

 

The Freedom of Information department has been advised that in order to
establish what information, if any, is held in relation to question 5 of
the request would exceed the appropriate time/cost limit i.e. 18 hours.
This is due to the fact that an individual interrogation of all custody
records recorded during the specified timeframe would be required in order
to establish whether or not the requested information is recorded.

It has been established that a total 6,324 records would require
individual interrogation and it has been estimated that it would take a
minimum of 10 minutes to research each individual record. The relevant
time estimate is detailed below:

 

Nov 2017 – Nov 2018:   6,324 records x a minimum of 10 minutes per record
= 1,054 hours

 

 

Therefore total time estimate to complete whole request = 1,054 hours

 

 

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts
as a Refusal Notice for the WHOLE of this request under Section 17(5) A
public authority which, in relation to any request for information, is
relying on a claim that section 12 or section 14 applies must, within the
time for complying with section 1(1), give the applicant a notice stating
that fact. You may wish to refine and resubmit your request so that it
reduces the time shown above to fall within the 18 hours. Should you
require any further advice in relation to this matter please don’t
hesitate to contact me.

 

Please also be advised that should the request be refined, it does not
remove the Force’s right to cite exemptions if relevant.

 

Although excess cost removed the force’s obligations under the Freedom of
Information Act, as a gesture of goodwill, I have supplied information,
relative to your request, retrieved or available before it was realised
that the fees limit would be exceeded - please see the attached response
document.

 

If you are unhappy with the way your request for information has been
handled, you can request a review by writing to the freedom of information
unit address supplied on the attached appeal process document.

 

If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request or complaint
you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner at:

 

The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

 

Telephone:      0303 123 1113

Or:                   01625 545745

Website:          [2]www.ico.org.uk

 

There is no charge for making an appeal.

 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in
Dyfed-Powys Police.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Nicola Barresi

Swyddog Rhyddid Gwybodaeth - Freedom of Information Officer

Uned Rhyddid Gwybodaeth - Freedom of Information Unit

Pencadlys Heddlu - Dyfed-Powys Police Headquarters

Caerfyrddin - Carmarthen

Ffon/Tel: 01267 222020

e-bost/e-mail - [3][Dyfed Powys Police request email]

 

Dyfed-Powys Police provides you the right to request a re-examination of
your case under its review procedure (copy enclosed). If you decide to
request such a review and having followed the Force’s full process you are
still dissatisfied, then you have the right to direct your comments to the
Information Commissioner who will give it consideration.

 

SWYDDOGOL OFFICIAL

 

E-MAIL CONFIDENTIALITY STATEMENT

This e-mail and any files transmitted with it are not necessarily the view
of Dyfed-Powys Police. It is intended only for the person or entity named
above. If you have received this e-mail in error please notify the
originator and erase this e-mail from your system. If you are not the
intended recipient or the employer or agent responsible for delivering it
to the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any use, review,
dissemination, distribution or copying of the e-mail is strictly
prohibited. This e-mail and any files transmitted within it have been
checked for all known viruses. The recipient should still check the e-mail
and any attachments for the presence of viruses, as Dyfed-Powys Police
accepts no liability for any damage caused by any virus transmitted by
this e-mail.

DATGANIAD CYFRINACHEDD E BOST

Nid yw'r e-bost hwn nag unrhyw ffeiliau a drosglwyddir gydag ef o
angenrheidrwydd yn adlewyrchu barn Heddlu Dyfed-Powys. Bwriedir yr e-bost
ar gyfer y person neu'r sefydliad a enwir uchod. Os derbyniwyd yr e-bost
hwn trwy gamgymeriad, dylid hysbysu'r anfonydd a dileu'r e-bost oddi ar
eich system os gwelwch yn dda. Os na'i fwriadwyd ar eich cyfer chi ac nid
chi yw'r cyflogwr na'r asiant sy'n gyfrifol am roi'r e-bost i'r derbynnydd
bwriadedig, fe'ch hysbysir gan hyn na chaniateir i chi ddefnyddio,
adolygu, lledaenu, dosbarthu na chopio'r e-bost ar unrhyw gyfrif.
Archwiliwyd yr e-bost hwn ac unrhyw ffeiliau a drosglwyddir gydag ef am
firws. Serch hynny, dylai'r derbynnydd hefyd archwilio'r e-bost a'r
ffeiliau sydd ynghlwm am firws oherwydd nid yw Heddlu Dyfed Powys yn
derbyn cyfrifoldeb am unrhyw ddifrod a achosir gan unrhyw firws a
drosglwyddir trwy gyfrwng yr e-bost hwn.

Mae Heddlu Dyfed-Powys wedi ymrwymo i ddiogelu r rhai hynny sydd fwyaf
agored i niwed. Rydym yn gweithio gydag eraill i fynd i r afael ag
ymddygiad sy n tanseilio cymunedau cryf, cydlynol ac rydym yn falch o
wasanaethu r trefi a r pentrefi mwyaf diogel ar draws Cymru a Lloegr*. Os
ydych o fewn Sir Gaerfyrddin, Ceredigion, Sir Benfro neu Bowys a bod
arnoch angen ein cymorth, rydym eisiau clywed gennych - mae gofalu
amdanoch yn bwysig i ni.

*Troseddau fesul pob poblogaeth o 1,000

Dyfed-Powys Police is committed to protecting those who are most
vulnerable. We work closely with others to tackle behaviour which
undermines strong, cohesive communities and, are proud to serve the safest
towns and villages across England and Wales*. If you are within
Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire or Powys and need our help, we
want to hear from you We care.

*Crimes per 1,000 population

 

References

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1. http://www.legislation.hmso.gov.uk/si/si...
2. http://www.ico.org.uk/
3. mailto:[Dyfed Powys Police request email]

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