Horsefair held on 28th-31st August 2020 near Wollaston

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Dear Northamptonshire Police,

I understand a number of meetings were held between Northamptonshire Police and representatives/Members/Councillors of various local authorities (eg Wellingborough Council and Parish Councils) prior to this Horsefair being held over the weekend 28th-31st August 2020.

I would be grateful if you could indicate (1) the number of meetings held (via Zoom or in person) and who was present at the meetings and (2) whether nor not video or audio recordings were made or (3) whether there are typed or handwritten notes of these meetings .

If video or audio recordings were made, could you please supply: (1) copies of the recordings and/or any written transcripts (if made) and (2) copies of any typed or handwritten notes from the meetings.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Crofts

Freedom of Information,

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Dear Mr Crofts

 

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - REQUEST FOR INFORMATION - Our Ref:
001277/21

 

With reference to your e-mail received 25/02/2021 requesting information:

 

I understand a number of meetings were held between Northamptonshire
Police and representatives/Members/Councillors of various local
authorities (eg Wellingborough Council and Parish Councils) prior to this
Horsefair being held over the weekend 28th-31st August 2020.

 

I would be grateful if you could indicate (1) the number of meetings held
(via Zoom or in person) and who was present at the meetings  and (2)
whether nor not video or audio recordings were made or (3) whether there
are typed or handwritten notes of these meetings .

 

If video or audio recordings were made, could you please supply: (1)
copies of the recordings and/or any written transcripts (if made) and (2)
copies of any typed or handwritten notes from the meetings.

 

This is to inform you that Northamptonshire Police are currently dealing
with high levels of demand for information. Every effort will be made to
ensure that you receive an appropriate response on time, however, we may
not be able to complete the response to your request within 20 working
days. The ICO is aware and we are currently enacting a recovery plan.

 

On behalf of Northamptonshire Police, I do apologise for any inconvenience
that may be caused by this delay and if you wish to discuss this any
further then please contact the undersigned.

 

Northamptonshire Police provides a review and appeals procedure within the
terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. If you decide to make an
appeal and, having followed the full process you are still dissatisfied,
you will then have the right to direct your comments to the Information
Commissioner who will give due consideration to the matter. See Appendix
'a' attached.

 

Northamptonshire Police routinely publish information on our website via
the Publication Scheme. The aim of the Publication Scheme is to promote
openness and transparency by voluntarily placing information into the
public arena.

The Disclosure Log contains copies of information that has been disclosed
by Northamptonshire Police in response to requests made under the Freedom
of Information Act 2000. Whilst it is not possible to publish all
responses we will endeavour to publish those where we feel that the
information disclosed is in the wider public interest. The Disclosure Log
will be updated once responses have been sent to the requester.

 

I have provided the relevant link below.

 

[1]https://www.northants.police.uk/foi-ai/a...

 

Yours sincerely

 

Gemma Barrie

C1374 Gemma Barrie| Senior Freedom of Information Officer and Researcher

Force Information Unit | Professional Standards Department

Northamptonshire Police

 

Telephone: 101 | Ext No. 343701 - (If calling from outside
Northamptonshire, please call 03000 111 222)

Email: [2][email address]

Address: Force Headquarters, Wootton Hall, Wootton Hall Park, Northampton
NN4 0JQ

 

Northamptonshire Police "Putting Communities First"

 

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Dear Freedom of Information,

It has now been some weeks since I submitted my request and would like to know when I might expect a reply.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Crofts

Dear Freedom of Information,

By law you should have responded to my request by March 25th. You haven't.

Could you please respond to this email to inform me when I might expect a reply.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Crofts

Freedom of Information,

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Dear Mr Crofts

With reference to your e-mail received on 25/02/2021 requesting
information.

Unfortunately Northamptonshire Police have not been able to complete the
response to your request within 20 working days. Every effort is being
made to ensure that you receive an appropriate response as soon as
possible but at this time we are unable to identify a specific date by
which your request will be completed. On behalf of Northamptonshire
Police, I do apologise for any inconvenience that may be caused by this
delay.  We are currently dealing with high levels of demand for
information.  The ICO is aware and we are currently enacting a recovery
plan.

Northamptonshire Police provides a review and appeals procedure within the
terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. If you decide to make an
appeal and, having followed the full process you are still dissatisfied,
you will then have the right to direct your comments to the Information
Commissioner who will give due consideration to the matter. See Appendix
'A' attached.

 

Mrs Singy Bagniuk | C0166 | Information Sharing Researcher

Information Assurance | Professional Standards

Tel : 101 | Ext. 348736 (If calling from outside of Northamptonshire,
please call 03000 111 222)

Email : [1][email address]

 

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Dear Northamptonshire Police,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Northamptonshire Police's handling of my FOI request 'Horsefair held on 28th-31st August 2020 near Wollaston'.

There has been a failure to comply with the law. For a law enforcement agency this is quite bizarre. I have been patient and understanding but, despite requests, I have not even received an estimate of when a reply might be expected. This is in effect a refusal to respond and is in breach of the law.

My request is not onorous. If recordings of meetings held were made at the time they can simply be located and sent to me. If transcripts of recordings have been made they can be sent to me too.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/h...

I hope to receive a reply within 7 working days of receipt of this email.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Crofts

Fraser Alasdair, Northamptonshire Police

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Dear Mr Crofts,

 

Thank you for your email requesting an internal review for Freedom Of
Information request reference number 01277/21 enquiring about:

 

I understand a number of meetings were held between Northamptonshire
Police and representatives/Members/Councillors of various local
authorities (e.g. Wellingborough Council and Parish Councils) prior to
this Horsefair being held over the weekend 28th-31st August 2020.

 

I would be grateful if you could indicate:

 

(1) the number of meetings held (via Zoom or in person) and who was
present at the meetings and

 

(2) whether nor not video or audio recordings were made or

 

(3) whether there are typed or handwritten notes of these meetings .

 

If video or audio recordings were made, could you please supply:

 

(1) copies of the recordings and/or any written transcripts (if made) and

 

(2) copies of any typed or handwritten notes from the meetings.

 

I can confirm that your request was received on the 25/02/2021 and
acknowledged on the 25/02/2021.

 

The due date given for this request was 25/03/2021. I can update you that
the data has been requested and that which has been received back so far
is being considered for release.

 

Unfortunately there is no procedure for an internal review of a freedom of
information request that has yet to be answered.

 

Northants Police is working through a backlog which has been created by an
increased demand in requests. We are working through this backlog as
quickly as we can. You will be provided with a full response in due
course. (See attached ICO Practise recommendation). Our latest statistics
regarding our progress with FOI request sis also attached.

On behalf of the force, I apologise for the delay and I thank you for your
ongoing patience.

 

Please see the attached document for details of how to submit a complaint
to the ICO should you feel that is your preferred course of action.
(Appendix a)

 

Kind regards,

 

Alasdair Fraser

 

Alasdair Fraser

Detective Sergeant 589

Information Unit

Professional Standards Department

Telephone: 101 (#Northamptonshire) Ext 344037

Telephone: 03000 111 222 Ext 344037

Email: [1][email address]

Address: Room WW9, West Wing,

Wootton Hall

Northamptonshire Police

Force Headquarters.

NN4 0JQ

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Dear Fraser Alasdair,

Any news yet? When might I get my questions answered? It is now nearly one month that you are breach of the law. Strange for a police "service".

Yours sincerely,

Paul Crofts

Fraser Alasdair, Northamptonshire Police

I'm out of the office until 0900hrs on Thursday the 22nd April 2021 and
I will not have access to my e-mails during this time.

For information unit enquiries please contact extension 341172

Dear Freedom of Information,

I am still waiting.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Crofts

Freedom of Information,

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Dear Mr Crofts,

 

As previously stated in my email to you on Friday 26^th March, below, due
to operating under high levels of demand, we are unable to tell you when
you will receive a response.

Unfortunately Northamptonshire Police have not been able to complete the
response to your request within 20 working days. Every effort is being
made to ensure that you receive an appropriate response as soon as
possible but at this time we are unable to identify a specific date by
which your request will be completed. On behalf of Northamptonshire
Police, I do apologise for any inconvenience that may be caused by this
delay.  We are currently dealing with high levels of demand for
information.  The ICO is aware and we are currently enacting a recovery
plan.

Northamptonshire Police provides a review and appeals procedure within the
terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. If you decide to make an
appeal and, having followed the full process you are still dissatisfied,
you will then have the right to direct your comments to the Information
Commissioner who will give due consideration to the matter. See Appendix
'A' attached.

Mrs Singy Bagniuk | C0166 | Information Sharing Researcher

Information Assurance | Professional Standards

Tel : 101 | Ext. 348736 (If calling from outside of Northamptonshire,
please call 03000 111 222)

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Fraser Alasdair, Northamptonshire Police

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Dear Mr Crofts,

Thank you for your further e-mail. I cannot update you any further than to refer you to my response to you on the 13/04/21 and that our position has not changed.

We are endeavouring to work through our backlog of requests and hope to be able to provide you with the information you request as soon as practicable.

Kind regards,

Alasdair Fraser

Alasdair Fraser
Detective Sergeant 589
Information Unit
Telephone: 101 (#Northamptonshire) Ext 344037
Telephone: 03000 111 222 Ext 344037
Email: [email address]
Address: Room WW9, West Wing,
Wootton Hall
Northamptonshire Police
Force Headquarters.
NN4 0JQ

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Dear Fraser Alasdair,

Any news yet. Do you know when I might get a reply? It's now three months.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Crofts

Fraser Alasdair, Northamptonshire Police

I'm out of the office until 0900hrs on Monday the 10th May 2021 and I
will not have access to my e-mails during this time.  

 

For information unit enquiries please contact extension 341172

Dear Northamptonshire Police,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Northamptonshire Police's handling of my FOI request 'Horsefair held on 28th-31st August 2020 near Wollaston'.

I am still awaiting a reply after the deadline has long gone for a reply. You are now in breach of the law. This situation is unacceptable.

When can I expect a reply?

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/h...

Yours faithfully,

Paul Crofts

Fraser Alasdair, Northamptonshire Police

Dear Mr Crofts,

I can only apologise for the ongoing delays in responding to your request.

I cannot give you a date when the information you requested will be fully reviewed and considered for release except to say my team are actively working on your fulfilling your request.

Kind regards,

Alasdair Fraser
Police Sergeant 589
Information Unit
Telephone: 101 (#Northamptonshire) Ext 344037
Telephone: 03000 111 222 Ext 344037
Email: [email address]
Address: Room WW9, West Wing,
Wootton Hall
Northamptonshire Police
Force Headquarters.
NN4 0JQ

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Dear Fraser Alasdair,

Any more news on my request? This is getting very silly. The seriousness of the illegality in failing to reply is worsening by the day.

Please reply to my request or give me a date when you expect to complete it.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Crofts

Fraser Alasdair, Northamptonshire Police

I'm out of the office until 0800hrs on Tuesday the 2nd June 2021 and I
will not have access to my e-mails during this time. For information unit
enquiries please contact extension 341172

Dear Northamptonshire Police,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Northamptonshire Police's handling of my FOI request 'Horsefair held on 28th-31st August 2020 near Wollaston'.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/h...

The deadline for a reply is now well overdue. There are no more excuses for this totally unreasonable delay.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Crofts

Barrie Gemma,

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Dear Mr Crofts   

 

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - REQUEST FOR INFORMATION Our Ref: 001277/21

 

With reference to your e-mail received 25/02/2021 requesting information
as reproduced below:

 

I understand a number of meetings were held between Northamptonshire
Police and representatives/Members/Councillors of various local
authorities (eg Wellingborough Council and Parish

Councils) prior to this Horsefair being held over the weekend 28th-31st
August 2020.

 

A.   I would be grateful if you could indicate (1) the number of meetings
held (via Zoom or in person) and who was present at the meetings  and (2)
whether nor not video or audio recordings were made or (3) whether there
are typed or handwritten notes of these meetings .

 

B.   If video or audio recordings were made, could you please supply: (1)
copies of the recordings and/or any written transcripts (if made) and (2)
copies of any typed or handwritten notes from the meetings.

 

I can confirm that Northamptonshire Police holds the information
requested:

 

Please note, the meetings were audio recorded for the purpose of
facilitating typed minutes.

 

A.   (1) 11 please see S40 exemption below (2) audio for the purpose of
typing minutes (3) typed minutes (please see attached and S40 and S31
exemptions below)

B.   (1) Typed minutes attached, please see S40 and S31 exemptions below
(2) see (1)

 

Northamptonshire Police is not obliged to provide all of information you
have requested under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Please take this
letter as a Refusal Notice to particular parts of your request.

 

Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 requires
Northamptonshire Police, when refusing to provide such information
(because the information is exempt within the provisions of the Act) is
required to provide you, the applicant, with a notice which:

 

a) states the fact that an exemption has been applied

b) specifies the exemption in question, and

c) states why the exemption applies (if that would not otherwise be
apparent)

 

The statutory exemptions applicable to the information not disclosed is as
follows:

Section 40(2)  - Personal Information

Section 31(1) – Law Enforcement

 

Section 40 is a class based absolute exemption and as such legislators
have identified that there would be harm in disclosure and there is no
requirement to evidence this or consider the public interest test.
However, as Section 40(2) is engaged and in order to make the exemption
absolute we need to evidence that a data protection principle would be
breached by disclosure. In this case it would not be fair to process
confidential information which could lead to the identification of an
individual, therefore the first principle of the Data Protection Act would
be breached namely lawfulness, fairness and transparency. It is reasonable
to expect that a public authority would disclose information about senior
public authority figures as they carry a greater level of accountability.
Other employees would have no expectation that their information would be
shared. 

 

Section 31 is a qualified based and prejudice-based exemption and I am
therefore obliged to consider the public interest.

 

Evidence of Harm

The Police Service is charged with enforcing the law, preventing and
detecting crime and protecting the communities we serve. If we were to
release the information it would educate the public as to the focus of the
policing operation and our capacity to deal with such. Operational
information will invariably identify tactics, law enforcement capabilities
and considerations which would generally hinder our ability to police
efficiently. The Police service has a duty to protect the public and if we
provide details this would inhibit our ability to effectively police
events in the future.

 

Factors favouring disclosure

Disclosure of this information would contribute to the accuracy and
quality of public debate. In addition disclosure would demonstrate that
Northamptonshire Police is effective and transparent in our decision
making. It would allow for a more accurate public debate regarding how
public money is spent.

 

Factors favouring non-disclosure

Information will not be disclosed where the current or future law
enforcement capabilities of the force could be compromised by the release
of that information. The documents contain a quantity of sensitive
tactical information which may cause considerable harm to policing if
disclosed.  Many policing tactics utilised by the Police today, have been
in use for an undetermined length of time, to disclose police tactics
would render these methods less effective ultimately undermining policing
and resulting in new tactics needing to be developed and employed which
may take a considerable amount of time. Furthermore, it would identify
Northamptonshire Police’s capability and any vulnerability. Release of
this information could potentially cause a risk that the future law
enforcement role of the force could be compromised and the publics' safety
put at risk, it cannot be justified that the publics' interest would be
served in releasing this specific information if either of these aspects
were to be compromised in any way.

 

Balance Test

Whilst the factors favouring disclosure are important in that it would
adhere to the basic principle of being open and transparent, when weighed
against the risk of disclosure undermining our ability to prevent and
detect crime and hindering our ability to protect the public, then
non-disclosure takes precedence. There is a public interest in the
transparency of policing operations. However, there is sensitive
information contained within these documents, which are not suitable for
public consumption as by their very nature they could identify the manner
in which Northamptonshire Police undertake such activities. Therefore, it
is our opinion that for these reasons the balance test for disclosure is
not made out.

 

Due to the application of S40 Northamptonshire Police would not release
any audio without ‘muting’ all parts where a person covered by this
exemption speaks. This would render the audio as useless. It may also be
considered burdensome under S14 of the act. It would require the
involvement of a department whose main function is to support the
prevention and detection of crime and could be considered a strain on time
and resource when the typed minutes provide the information requested and
to a greater extent.

 

I trust you find this information to be satisfactory but if you have any
further queries please do not hesitate to contact me. On behalf of
Northamptonshire Police I would like to apologise for the delay in getting
this information to you.

 

Northamptonshire Police provides a review and appeals procedure within the
terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. If you decide to make an
appeal and, having followed the full process you are still dissatisfied,
you will then have the right to direct your comments to the Information
Commissioner who will give due consideration to the matter. See Appendix
'a' attached.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Gemma Barrie

C1374 Gemma Barrie| Senior Freedom of Information Officer and Researcher

Force Information Unit | Professional Standards Department

Northamptonshire Police

 

Telephone: 101 | Ext No. 343701/ 341172 - (If calling from outside
Northamptonshire, please call 03000 111 222)

Email: [1][email address]

Address: Force Headquarters, Wootton Hall, Wootton Hall Park, Northampton
NN4 0JQ

 

Northamptonshire Police "Putting Communities First"

 

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