Maintaining the confidence target and the policing pledge in all but name

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Dear Sussex Police,

I recently receive a reply from yourselves regarding your continued application of the confidence target and policing pledge in all but name, despite the Home Secretary specifically scrapping them.

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/42...

I would like copies of any/all correspondence, meeting minutes and other documents/information that you have regarding your being informed of the scrapping of these policies and your consideration/discussion and decision to continue them in all but name.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Perrin

Sussex Police

Dear Mr Perrin

Thank you for your request which was received by Sussex Police on
31/08/2010.

This request will be dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and you will receive a response within the
statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act, from the
date of receipt. In some circumstances Sussex Police may be unable to
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Yours sincerely

ROGER BRACE
Freedom of Information Disclosure Officer

Malling House
Access to Information Team
Corporate Development Department
Sussex Police HQ I Malling House I Church Lane I Lewes BN72DZ
Telephone 0845 60 70 999 Ext. 45251 Direct dial: 01273 404048
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Dear Sussex Police,

Thank you for your response, however I find it impossible to beleive that this is all the documentation that you have regarding the scrapping of the confidence target and pledge.

For instance, there is no record of Sussex Police even being informed that the pledge and target were even being scrapped.

Maybe you misunderstand the purpose and function of the freedom information act?

You are required to supply all documents requested.

Please take this as request for an internal review of your handling of this request.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Perrin

Sussex Police

Dear Mr Perrin,
Thank you for your e-mail. Your request for an internal review has been
forwarded to the Information Compliance Manager who will contact you
directly in due course.

Yours sincerely

ROGER BRACE
Freedom of Information Disclosure Officer
Freedom of Information Unit, Corporate Development Department
Direct Dial: 01273 404048 Internal Ext: 45251

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Dear Mr Perrin

I write with reference to your request for an internal review of our
handling of your FOI request relating to the scrapping of the policing
pledge. Please accept my apologies for the delay in this response.

I have spoken with the Chief Constables Staff Officer with regard to the
details of any meetings where this matter was discussed and I am advised
that the only notification that the force received regarding the
scrapping of the policing pledge was a copy of the Home Secretary's
speech which was circulated to all Chief Constables on 30 June. (Copy
attached)

As a result of that circulation our CC sent an email to all staff
detailing what he expected. There were no meetings prior to the email
being circulated. The text of the email read:-

From: Force-wide Email
Sent: Wednesday 30 June 2010 14:49

Subject: Confidence & Satisfaction

Dear Colleagues
You may have heard in the news yesterday that the Home Secretary has
removed the national requirement for a Policing Pledge and a single
Confidence target. This is welcome, as it will give us more freedom to
focus on the things that are most important to the confidence of our
communities in Sussex rather than on nationally imposed requirements.
It does not mean that public confidence is no longer important to us.
As a force, we have made a commitment to neighbourhood policing and that
remains. The focus on building the trust and confidence of the public
we serve will stay in place, and confidence and satisfaction will remain
our most important performance indicators. Now more than ever it is
vitally important that we carry on talking with and listening to our
public and they experience an excellent service when they come into
contact with us.
We know that if people are confident they are:
more likely to provide intelligence and information
more likely to come forward as victims and act as witnesses
more likely to provide practical support, such as volunteering
more confident in their own communities and more likely to take
responsibility for taking action to deal with issues themselves We will
now consider, with the Police Authority, the implications of yesterdays
announcement for the promises we have publicly made to people in Sussex
through the Pledge and quickly reach a decision about what changes, if
any, we want to make to them.

In the meantime, the commitments we have made still stand.

Martin Richards
Chief Constable

As such, these are the only documents that we hold relevant to your
request regarding the scrapping of the policing pledge.

This email represents our final position in respect of your original FOI
request and the subsequent internal review. If you remain dissatisfied
with this response you do have the right to seek a further review by the
Information Commissioner. They can be contacted at:-

The Information Commissioners Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
WILMSLOW
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Tel 01625 545745
Email [email address]
www.ico.gov.uk

Again, please accept my apologies for the delay in this response.

Yours sincerely

Peter Burtenshaw
Information Compliance Manager
Access to Information Team, Corporate Development Department
Tel: 0845 60 70 999 Ext. 44124 DDI. 01273 404049

Sussex Police – Serving Sussex

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Messages sent and received by Sussex Police are not private and may be the subject of monitoring.

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Dear Sussex Police,

In your response to my request you say that consideration would be given by the police authority to the consequences of the scraping of the pledge and target.

My original request was for all documents you hold regarding the scrapping.

Do you hold no documents relating to any discussions/consideration given to the matter by the Police Authority?

Or did the issue simply disappear entirely following the sending of the memo that you have supplied?

Yours faithfully,

Paul Perrin

Dear Sussex Police,

This request is no long overdue - please take this as a request for an internal review of your handling of the matter.

Please acknowledge receipt of this requests so I have a complete history to back any complaint that needs to be made against yourselves.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Perrin

Sussex Police

Mr Perrin,

Can you confirm if your request was acknowledged as I cannot locate a
copy of it having been received.

If it were to have been received then you would have been issued with an
letter of acknowledgment which would have contained within it our
reference number.

If you have this documentation this will allow me to start proceedings
for a review of the way your request has been handled.

If this has not been issued to you I can only presume that your original
request was not received and I would ask therefore for this to be
resubmitted whereby it can be treated with priorty.

Regards

Richard Haynes
Data Protection Officer
Sussex Police
TEL 01273 404049 Extn 44124

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Dear Sussex Police,

I have made a new request for this information

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/an...

I will make any follow ups under this new request.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Perrin

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