Marked Fleet List

Mr Roberts made this Freedom of Information request to Avon and Somerset Constabulary

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The request was partially successful.

Dear Avon and Somerset Constabulary,

I am writing to request the following information from Avon and Somerset Constabulary:

An up to date fleet list in respect of all marked vehicles.

For the above, please specify the following:
1) Vehicle role i.e. ARV, TSG, response Car, horsebox etc.
2) Roof ID
3) Police station or base
4) Make and model of vehicle
5) Registration plate

Please note that this FOI request does not concern any information relating to unmarked vehicles.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Roberts

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#Freedom of Information Requests, Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Corporate Information Management Department

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Private
Mr Roberts
[FOI #108547 email]
        Our Reference   191/12 
        Your reference         
        Date    8th March 2012 
Dear Mr Roberts

Thank you for your request for information dated 7th March 2012, relating
to marked vehicles. This request will be dealt with under the terms of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Your request will now be considered and you will receive a response within
the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act, In some
circumstances Avon and Somerset Constabulary may be unable to achieve this
deadline if consideration needs to be given to the public interest test.
If this is likely you will be informed and given a revised time-scale at
the earliest opportunity.

Thank you for your request.

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Officer

Freedom of Information Officer
Corporate Information Management Department

Please note;

 1. Requests and responses may be published on Avon and Somerset
Constabulary’s website (within 24 hours), some of which may
contain a link to additional information, which may provide
you with further clarification.
 2. Whilst we may verbally discuss your request with you in order
to seek clarification, all other communication should be made
in writing.
 3. Avon and Somerset Constabulary provides you with the right to
request a re-examination of your case under its review
procedure.

 

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Force Headquarters, PO Box 37, Valley Road,

Portishead, Bristol, BS20 8QJ

Facsimile 01275 814667

Private
Mr Roberts
[FOI #108547 email]      Our Reference   191/12 
        Your reference         
        Date    30 March 2012  

Dear Mr Roberts

I write in connection with your request for information dated 7^th March
concerning fleet vehicles. 

Specifically you asked: “An up to date fleet list in respect of all marked
vehicles. 
For the above, please specify the following:
1) Vehicle role i.e. ARV, TSG, response Car, horsebox etc.
2) Roof ID
3) Police station or base
4) Make and model of vehicle
5) Registration plate”

Your request for information has now been considered and I am not obliged
to supply the information you have requested as the cost of compliance
exceeds the appropriate limit.  The part of your request that exceeds the
limit is the request for the roof ID as this is not centrally recorded
correlating to the other information.  In accordance with the Act, this
represents a Refusal Notice for your request.

It may be of interest to you that information in respect of our fleet
vehicles are published on our website together with details as to why
certain information is exempt from disclosure.  This covers the remainder
of your questions.

[1]www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/information/foi/QandA_Question.aspx?qid=1624.

If the link above doesn’t work for any reason or you are unable to locate
the information please let me know.

Yours sincerely,

R Pritchard

Freedom of Information Officer
Corporate Information Management Department

Please note;

 1. Requests and responses may be published on Avon and Somerset
Constabulary’s website (within 24 hours), some of which may
contain a link to additional information, which may provide
you with further clarification.
 2. Whilst we may verbally discuss your request with you in order
to seek clarification, all other communication should be made
in writing.
 3. Avon and Somerset Constabulary provides you with the right to
request a re-examination of your case under its review
procedure (copy attached).

<<A&S Appeals Procedure.doc>>

 

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Dear Avon and Somerset Constabulary,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Avon and Somerset Constabulary's handling of my FOI request 'Marked Fleet List'.

After reviewing the harm test on the web link provided, I am referring you to another request for similar information to the Metropolitan Police Service at this web link: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/ma... (please note that this request was not made by myself).
They fully released the same type of information which has been requested by myself.
Taking into account that you do not record the roof IDs centrally (I am happy not to receive this information), please review your decision and advise me whether you are indeed able to release the remaining information.

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

Yours faithfully,

Mr Roberts

#Freedom of Information Requests, Avon and Somerset Constabulary

 Corporate Information Management Department

Force Headquarters, PO Box 37, Valley Road,

Portishead, Bristol, BS20 8QJ

Facsimile 01275 814667

   

Private
Mr Roberts
[FOI #108547 email]      Our Reference   191/12 
        Your reference         
        Date    23rd April 2012

Dear Mr Roberts 

I write in receipt of your letter dated 22nd April 2012 requesting an
internal review regarding the response to your Freedom of Information
request.

This request has been forwarded to our internal review panel who will
respond to you in due course.

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Officer

Freedom of Information Officer
Corporate Information Management Department

 

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Jeff Hines, Avon and Somerset Constabulary

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Dear Mr Roberts

Please find attached a response to your FOI appeal.

Jeff Hines
Information Access Manager

Address:
Corporate Information Management Department
Avon and Somerset Constabulary, PO Box 37, Valley Road, Bristol, BS20 8QJ

direct dial.          01275 816305
office                 0845 456 7000 Ext. 66305
mobile                07825 280041
e-mail                 [email address]

<<Letter Mr Roberts Appeal.doc>>

 

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#Freedom of Information Requests, Avon and Somerset Constabulary

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Corporate Information Management Department

Force Headquarters, PO Box 37, Valley Road,

Portishead, Bristol, BS20 8QJ

Facsimile 01275 814667

Private
Mr Roberts
[FOI #108547 email]

        Our Reference   381/12 
        Your reference         
        Date    23 May 2012    

Dear Mr Roberts

I write in connection with your request for information dated 22^nd April
requesting an internal review of your freedom of information response
concerning Police vehicles.

You asked specifically “I am writing to request an internal review of Avon
and Somerset Constabulary's handling of my FOI request 'Marked Fleet
List'.

    
After reviewing the harm test on the web link provided, I am  referring
you to another request for similar information to the Metropolitan Police
Service at this web link:

[1]http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/ma...
(please note that this request was not made by myself). They fully
released the same type of information which has been requested by myself. 
Taking into account that you do not record the roof IDs centrally (I am
happy not to receive this information), please review your decision and
advise me whether you are indeed able to release the remaining
information.”

The response to your internal review will be responded to under separate
cover.  Your correspondence states that you were happy to omit the request
for information concerning the roof ID therefore we have treated this as
your refined request for information.

You have asked: “An up to date fleet list in respect of all marked
vehicles.
    
For the above, please specify the following:
1) Vehicle role i.e. ARV, TSG, response Car, horsebox etc.
3) Police station or base
4) Make and model of vehicle
5) Registration plate”

Your request for information has now been considered and a list of fleet
vehicles together with make and model are below.  I am not obliged to
supply the remainder of the information as an exemption is applicable
under section 31 of the act which relates to law enforcement. 

Harm

Harm has been identified in providing you with the details of ‘vehicle
role’, ‘number plate’ and ‘what station the vehicle is based at’ as
release of this information could allow those intent on criminal behaviour
to map our vehicle resources and establish which specialist vehicles
were based at each location which would undermine our law enforcement.  
 
Although you have requested information regarding ‘marked’ police vehicles
which are identifiable in the public domain, it is not always clear what
the specific function of each of 
these vehicles is. Therefore, providing you with information regarding the
‘vehicle role’ together with the, ‘number plate’ and ‘what station
the vehicle is based at’ would also potentially divulge what the vehicles
are used for which would reveal the tactical capability of the
constabulary.  In addition these individuals may decide to target areas
where they believe there to be a reduced likelihood of detection, due
to the type and number of specialist vehicles being lower in some areas
than others. This would also have a negative impact of law enforcement (as
the level of crime would be increased).  
 
Public Interest Teat
Considerations favouring disclosure
Disclosure may add value to the accuracy of public debate with regards to
resources allocated for the prevention and detection of crime.

Considerations favouring non disclosure
The Police Service has a duty to deliver effective law enforcement
ensuring the prevention and detection of crime, apprehension or
prosecution of offenders and administration of 
justice is carried out appropriately. By identifying ‘the vehicle role’
at each location could compromise the vehicles operational purpose, as
specialist vehicles could be targeted. Therefore release of this
information could provide a tactical advantage to offenders which would
negatively impact on public safety and undermine the policing purpose. 
 
Releasing information regarding ‘the vehicle role’ number plate’ and ‘what
station the vehicle is based at’ would provide a clear indication as to
the number and types f specialist vehicles that are based
at each location which would allow those intent on criminal behaviour to
be able to map vehicle resources. Furthermore, this information could
be used by these individuals to target certain areas where they believe
there would be reduced chance of detection. 
 
Balance Test 
When balancing the public interest test we have to consider whether the
information should be released into the public domain. Arguments need
to be weighed against each other. 

The benefits of public debate are recognised, however the comparative
arguments in favour of non disclosure, which in this case is our ability
to prevent and detect crime, by far out way these.  The Police service
will not disclose information which will undermine law enforcement thereby
assisting those intent on committing crime.  On balance therefore the
decision is that those parts of the following two documents deemed
sensitive will not be disclosed.  This represents a refusal notice for
this part of your request.

<<Marked vehicles Make & Model.pdf>>

Yours sincerely,

R Pritchard

Freedom of Information Officer
Corporate Information Management Department

Please note;

 1. Requests and responses may be published on Avon and Somerset
Constabulary’s website (within 24 hours), some of which may
contain a link to additional information, which may provide
you with further clarification.
 2. Whilst we may verbally discuss your request with you in order
to seek clarification, all other communication should be made
in writing.
 3. Avon and Somerset Constabulary provides you with the right to
request a re-examination of your case under its review
procedure (copy attached).

<<A&S Appeals Procedure.doc>>

 

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