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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

1.The number of officers broken down by rank (i.e DC/DS/DI), employed in each Local Policing Area/Command Unit (i.e CID/Local Investigation Officers).
2. The number of officers broken down by rank (i.e DC/DS/DI), employed in each Specialised Investigation Area (i.e Murder Investigation/Financial Crime).

Yours faithfully,

TJ.Roberts

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear T J Roberts

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2017070001067

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 30/07/2017.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

* 1.The number of officers broken down by rank (i.e DC/DS/DI), employed
in each Local Policing Area/Command Unit (i.e CID/Local Investigation
Officers). 2. The number of officers broken down by rank (i.e
DC/DS/DI), employed in each Specialised Investigation Area (i.e Murder
Investigation/Financial Crime).

Your request will now be considered in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (the Act).  You will receive a response within the
statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act.  

If you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please contact
us at [email address] or on the phone at 0207 161 3500, quoting the
reference number above. Should your enquiry relate to the logging or
allocations process we will be able to assist you directly and where your
enquiry relates to other matters (such as the status of the request) we
will be able to pass on a message and/or advise you of the relevant
contact details.

Yours sincerely

Peter Deja
Support Officer - Freedom of Information Triage Team
 
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[email address]

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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr/Ms Roberts

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2017070001067

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 30/07/2017.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

1.The number of officers broken down by rank (i.e DC/DS/DI), employed in
each Local Policing Area/Command Unit (i.e CID/Local Investigation
Officers).

2. The number of officers broken down by rank (i.e DC/DS/DI), employed in
each Specialised Investigation Area (i.e Murder Investigation/Financial
Crime).

This is to inform you that the MPS are unable to proceed with your request
as we require further information from you.  

When you mention broken down by rank - is it just those that are mentioned
above or is it all ranks including the uniform/detective equivalents?

Where you have mentioned Local policing area/command unit/specialist
investigation areas - are you happy with the local boroughs and Specialist
Crime and Operations Command (SCO) which includes Murder teams/Financial
crime etc?

After receiving your reply, your request will then be considered and you
will receive a response within the statutory timescale of 20 working days.

However, if the requested additional information has not been received by
06/09/2017 I will assume you no longer wish to proceed with this request
and will treat it as withdrawn.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
contact me via email at [email address] , quoting the reference
number above.

Yours sincerely,

Paul O'Shea
Information Manager
 
COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Are you unhappy with how your request has been handled or do you think the
decision is incorrect?

You have the right to require the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to
review their decision.

Prior to lodging a formal complaint you are welcome to discuss the
response with the case officer who dealt with your request.  

Complaint

If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision of
the MPS made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding
access to information you can lodge a complaint with the MPS to have the
decision reviewed.

Complaints should be made in writing, within forty (40) working days from
the date of the refusal notice, and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Information Rights Unit
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF
[email address]

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 20 working days.

The Information Commissioner

After lodging a complaint with the MPS 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 www.ico.org.uk.  Alternatively, write to or
phone:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone: 0303 123 1113

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communities to catch offenders, prevent crime and support victims. We are
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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Yes the suggestion you have made would be acceptable.

Yours faithfully,

TJ.Roberts

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

You response to this request is now delayed, can I please receive an update.

Yours faithfully,

TJ.Roberts

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr/ Ms Roberts

Apologies for the delay on your request it is currently in progress.

I have asked the Information manager dealing with your request to give you a further update when he is back in the office on Tuesday 5 September.

Ref 2017070001067

Kind regards

Peter Deja | Support Officer - Freedom of Information Triage Team
STRATEGY & GOVERNANCE, MetHQ
Metropolitan Police Service
MetPhone 783640 | Telephone 020 7161 3640 | [email address] |
Address - Information Rights Unit, PO Box 57192, London SW6 1SF

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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Roberts

Apologies for the delay to this request, I have received a response and hope to have something to you soon.

Kind regards

Paul O'Shea | Information Rights Unit | Information Law and Security Group | Met HQ Performance Risk and Assurance | Metropolitan Police Service
Telephone 020 7 161 1363 | Fax 020 7161 3503 | Email [email address]
Address Public Access Office, PO Box 57192, London, SW6 1SF

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Your response is now long overdue, could I please receive a response ASAP.

Yours faithfully,

TJ.Roberts

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

1 Attachment

Dear Mr Roberts

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2017070001067

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 30/07/2017.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

1.The number of officers broken down by rank (i.e DC/DS/DI), employed in
each Local Policing Area/Command Unit (i.e CID/Local Investigation
Officers).

2. The number of officers broken down by rank (i.e DC/DS/DI), employed in
each Specialised Investigation Area (i.e Murder Investigation/Financial
Crime). .

SEARCHES TO LOCATE INFORMATION

To locate the information relevant to your request searches were conducted
within the MPS.  The searches located information relevant to your
request.

DECISION
This is a Partial disclosure response and attached below is the
information you have requested:

Before I explain the reasons for the decisions I have made in relation to
your request, I thought that it would be helpful if I outline the
parameters set out by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) within
which a request for information can be answered.

The Act creates a statutory right of access to information held by public
authorities. A public authority in receipt of a request must, if
permitted, confirm if the requested information is held by that public
authority and, if so, then communicate that information to the applicant.

The right of access to information is not without exception and is subject
to a number of exemptions which are designed to enable public authorities
to withhold information that is not suitable for release. Importantly, the
Act is designed to place information into the public domain, that is, once
access to information is granted to one person under the Act, it is then
considered public information and must be communicated to any individual
should a request be received.  

In accordance with the Act, this response represents a Partial Refusal
Notice for this particular request under Section 17(1) of the Act.
The MPS can neither confirm nor deny that it holds any additional
information relating to this request by virtue of the following
exemptions:

Section 30(3) Investigations conducted by public authorities
Section 31(3) Law Enforcement

Should it be held, constituents of this information would attract Section
30 and Section 31 of the Act.

It should not be surmised that should the information be held by the MPS
that we would be applying Sections 30 and 31 to the same pieces of
information.

Please see the legal annex for the sections of the Act that are referred
to in this response.

REASONS FOR DECISION

Under Sections 30(3) & 31(3) of the Act, public authorities are able to
withhold information relating to investigations and where its release
would or would be likely to, have an adverse effect upon other
investigations or the prosecution of offenders.

Section 30 & 31 are qualified exemptions for which I am required to
conduct a public interest test. It is a class based exemption, therefore
there is no requirement to provide evidence of harm.
Overall harm for partial NCND

The prevention and detection of crime is the foundation upon which
policing is built and the police have a clear responsibility to prevent
crime and arrest those responsible for committing crime or those that plan
to commit crime. To do this the police require evidence and that evidence
can come from a number of sources, some of which is obtained through
covert means. Having obtained sufficient evidence offenders are charged
with offences and placed before the courts. By confirming or denying that
any other information pertinent to this request exists could directly
influence the stages of that process, and jeopardise current
investigations or prejudice law enforcement.

Any information identifying the focus of policing activity could be used
to the advantage of offenders.  Information that undermines the
operational integrity of these activities will adversely affect public
safety and have a negative impact on law enforcement.

Factors favouring confirmation or denial for S30 - By confirming or
denying whether covert officers are or are not included in the data
provided, would enable the public to obtain satisfaction that all
investigations are conducted properly and that their public money is well
spent.

Factors against confirmation or denial for S30 - By confirming or denying
that any other information relevant to the request exists, would hinder
the prevention or detection of crime, undermine the partnership approach
to law enforcement , which would subsequently affect the force's future
law enforcement capabilities.

Factors favouring confirmation or denial for S31 - By confirming or
denying whether covert officers are or are not included in the data
provided, would enable the public to see where public funds are being
spent. Better public awareness may reduce crime or lead to more
information from the public.

Factors against confirmation or denial for S31 - By confirming or denying
that any other information relevant to the request exists, law enforcement
tactics could be compromised which could hinder the prevention and
detection of crime. More crime could be committed and individuals placed
at risk.

Balance test  

The effective delivery of operational law enforcement is of paramount
importance to the MPS in their duty to ensure the prevention and detection
of crime is carried out and the effective apprehension or prosecution of
offenders is maintained.  

As much as there is public interest in knowing that policing activity is
appropriate and balanced in this type of matter, this will only be
overridden in exceptional circumstances. Therefore it is our opinion that
for these issues the balancing test for confirming or denying whether any
other information relevant to your request exists is not made out.

There is also no requirement to satisfy any public concern over the
legality of police operations and the tactics we may or may not use. The
force is already held to account by statute, for example the Police and
Criminal Evidence Act and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act and
independent bodies such as Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and
the Independent Police Complaints Commission. Our accountability is
therefore not enhanced by confirming or denying that any other information
is held.

None of the above can be viewed as an inference that any other information
does or does not exist.

DISCLOSURE

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
contact me via email at [email address] , quoting the reference
number above.

Yours sincerely

Paul O'Shea
Information Manager

LEGAL ANNEX

Section 17(1) of the Act provides:

(1)        A public authority which, in relation to any request for
information, is to any extent relying on a claim that any provision in
part II relating to the duty to confirm or deny is relevant to the request
or on a claim that information is exempt information must, within the time
for complying with section 1(1), give the applicant a notice which-

(a) states the fact,
(b) specifies the exemption in question, and
(c) states (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption
applies.

Section 23(5) of the Act provides:

(5) The duty to confirm or deny does not arise if, or to the extent that,
compliance with section 1(1)(a) would involve the disclosure of any
information (whether or not already recorded) which was directly or
indirectly supplied to the public authority by, or relates to, any of the
bodies specified in subsection (3).
Section 30(3) of the Act provides:

(3) The duty to confirm or deny does not arise in relation to information
which is (or if it were held by the public authority would be) exempt
information by virtue of subsection (1) or (2).
Section 31(3) of the Act provides:

(3) The duty to confirm or deny does not arise if, or to the extent that,
compliance with section 1(1)(a) would, or would be likely to, prejudice
any of the matters mentioned in subsection (1).

In complying with their statutory duty under sections 1 and 11 of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 to release the enclosed information, the
Metropolitan Police Service 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 MPS Directorate of Legal
Services, 10 Lambs Conduit Street, London, WC1N 3NR.
 
COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Are you unhappy with how your request has been handled or do you think the
decision is incorrect?

You have the right to require the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to
review their decision.

Prior to lodging a formal complaint you are welcome to discuss the
response with the case officer who dealt with your request.  

Complaint

If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision of
the MPS made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding
access to information you can lodge a complaint with the MPS to have the
decision reviewed.

Complaints should be made in writing, within forty (40) working days from
the date of the refusal notice, and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Information Rights Unit
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF
[email address]

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 20 working days.

The Information Commissioner

After lodging a complaint with the MPS 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 www.ico.org.uk.  Alternatively, write to or
phone:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone: 0303 123 1113

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the intended recipient. If you have received this email in error, please
notify the sender and delete it from your system.  To avoid incurring
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email without the permission of the sender. MPS communication systems are
monitored to the extent permitted by law.  Consequently, any email and/or
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authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
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any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned
but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
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this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

 

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