Dear Independent Police Complaints Commission,

I note by reference to the advertisement for:

Independent Police Complaints Commission Commissioner,
Remuneration: £75,850 per annum plus applicable allowances and pension for a full time appointment
Time commitment: This is a full-time post and you will normally be expected to work 37 hours a week
Closing date: 18/03/2010

That “Commissioners by law may not have served with the police, been the Chair or a member of SOCA or been a Commissioner or officer of Customs at any time.”

I ask to be supplied the following information:

1. To what positions within the IPCC or at what ranks are staff not permitted if they have served with the police, been the Chair or a member of SOCA or been a Commissioner or officer of Customs at any time.”

2. Please provide all information supporting / justifying this exemption

3. How many former police officers / staff are employed by the IPCC and in what positions, at what ranks.

Yours faithfully,

P Swift

!FOI Requests, Independent Police Complaints Commission

Our Ref : 1002040

3rd March 2010

[email address]

Dear Mr Swift,

Re: Your request

Thank you for your emails dated 25th February 2010, which you make a request for
information which I now confirm receipt of.

I would like to inform you that there will be a delay in responding to your request.
The reason for this delay is because the IPCC has over recent months seen an increase
in the number of information requests it receives and this has in effect caused a
delay in responding to requests.

I would like to assure you that your request is being processed and once a decision
has been finalised you will be contacted. I would like to apologies for the delay and
hope that this does not cause you any inconvenience.


Yours sincerely

Athena Cass
Freedom of Information Team
Independent Police Complaints Commission

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!FOI Requests, Independent Police Complaints Commission

Our Ref : 1002040

3rd March 2010

[email address]

Dear Mr Swift,

Re: Your request

Thank you for your emails dated 25th February 2010, which you make a request for
information which I now confirm receipt of.

I would like to inform you that there will be a delay in responding to your request.
The reason for this delay is because the IPCC has over recent months seen an increase
in the number of information requests it receives and this has in effect caused a
delay in responding to requests.

I would like to assure you that your request is being processed and once a decision
has been finalised you will be contacted. I would like to apologies for the delay and
hope that this does not cause you any inconvenience.


Yours sincerely

Athena Cass
Freedom of Information Team
Independent Police Complaints Commission

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Dear !FOI Requests,

I only need be told once.

You have 20 working days to complete the request failing which I
will, without further reference to you, place the matter with the
ICO

P Swift

P Swift left an annotation ()

Casework[@]ico.gsi.gov.uk

Dear Sirs,

Subject: FOIA Complaint
Request: IPCC Staffing Restrictions

I wish to complain about the IPPC’s failure to provide information within 20 working days. I believe the IPCC is breaking the law. The history of my application can be found at:

www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/ipcc_staf...

I await your reference and advice.

My thanks in anticipation.

P Swift

Philip Swift left an annotation ()

Case Reference Number FS50307706

Dear Mr Swift

Freedom of Information Act 2000: Section 50(1)
Complaint about the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC)

Further to our previous correspondence regarding your complaint about the IPCC I am writing to inform you that this case has now been allocated to me to investigate.

In order to reach a decision as to whether the Freedom of Information Act has been correctly applied, I will need to carry out a thorough investigation. This may take me some time as I will need to ensure that I am aware of all the relevant facts and that I carefully consider the application of the law to those facts.

Where possible the Information Commissioner prefers complaints to be resolved by informal means. If this does not prove to be possible, he will usually issue a Decision Notice to you and the public authority once an investigation has been completed. This will inform you of his decision and the reasons for it.

Where the Commissioner decides that a request has not been handled properly he may specify what steps he believes are necessary to remedy the situation. This can include requiring a public authority to release information which has previously been withheld. A copy of the Decision Notice will be placed on our website (with your details omitted). If you disagree with the decision that has been reached you have a legal right of appeal to the Information Tribunal.

Your request

From the information which has been provided to us, I understand that you made a request to the IPCC on 25 February 2010 with reference to an advertisement for an Independent Police Complaints Commission Commissioner (closing date 18 March 2010) for the following information:

“…Commissioners by law may not have served with the police, been the Chair or a member of SOCA or been a Commissioner or officer of Customs at any time.

1. To what positions within the IPCC or at what ranks are staff not permitted if they have served with the police, been the Chair or a member of SOCA or been a Commissioner or officer of Customs at any time.
2. Please provide all information supporting/justifying this exemption.
3. How many former police officers/staff are employed by the IPCC and in what positions, at what ranks?”

It would appear that receipt of this request was acknowledged by the public authority on 3 March 2010.

I understand that you have not yet had a response from the IPCC to your information request.

The scope of the case

As part of the investigation, I will write to the IPCC asking it to provide a response to you within 20 working days and to copy me into their response.

Please contact me as soon as possible if there are matters other than these that you believe should be addressed. This will help avoid any unnecessary delay in investigating your complaint. If I do not hear from you, my investigation will focus only upon the matters identified above.

As I have indicated, the process of reaching a decision may take some time but I will update you on the progress of the investigation as appropriate but at least every 6-8 weeks. However, if you have any queries at any time you are welcome to write to me at the above address, at casework@ico.gsi.gov.uk (please ensure that you quote the above case reference) or by telephoning me on 01625 545690. Please note that I work on a part-time basis and the beginning of the week is the best time to contact me.

It may not be possible for me to respond to enquiries immediately due to other work commitments but I will endeavour to provide a response as promptly as possible and will ensure that a response is provided within 14 working days of the receipt of any enquiry.

Yours sincerely

Carol Scott
FOI Complaints Officer
Information Commissioner’s Office

Phil Johnston, Independent Police Complaints Commission

1 Attachment

Dear Mr Swift,
Please find attached to this e-mail my response to your request (as below).

Please ensure that you quote the above IPCC reference in any subsequent correspondence about this matter.

Philip Johnston
IPCC
<<Swift P 1002040-003 - decision let.pdf>>

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