Media Appearances of Law Enforcement Agencies

Dan Coelho made this Freedom of Information request to Cleveland Police

Automatic anti-spam measures are in place for this older request. Please let us know if a further response is expected or if you are having trouble responding.

The request was successful.

I am writing to request information on media appearances by Cleveland Police (and preceding agencies) in a documentary style, such as but not limited to ‘Road Wars’, ‘Police Interceptors’, ‘Brit Cops’ etc, where a camera person(s) is deployed with police officers and are followed throughout their tour of duty.

I would like to know;
Name of production
Production Company
Policing Unit(s)/Investigation(s)/Operation(s) followed
Status of Unit (active/disbanded/reformed/reorganized)

I would also like to know the current stance on 2021 (ignoring COVID-19) for these types of shows to be filmed with Cleveland Police - are they encouraged? If encouraged, are you actively engaged in filming currently, and if so, what production? If not encouraged or banned, is there reasoning behind this, for example a negative experience/portrayal previously?

On a similar line, police forces used to sell dashcam footage as ‘filler’ in these documentary shows, between their own self shot material. Does Cleveland Police sell dashcam footage of pursuits and other incidents, or otherwise make them available?

Freedom of Information, Cleveland Police

This mailbox is for Freedom of Information requests only and all other
mail will be deleted unactioned.

 

For Legal please forward your e-mail to
[1][email address] and for Subject Access please
check the Subject Access section of the Cleveland Police website under the
heading of ‘Advice and Information’ or forward your e-mail to
[2][email address] for all other
enquiries please contact Cleveland Police via 101.

 

References

Visible links
1. mailto:[email address]
2. mailto:[email address]

Freedom of Information, Cleveland Police

Dear Mr Coelho,

Enquiry Ref: 12646/2021

I acknowledge receipt of your request for information dated 18th February 2021 and received by this office on 19th February 2021.

As set out by the Freedom of Information Act it will be our aim to respond to your request within 20 working days that is by 22nd March 2021. In some cases, however, we may be unable to achieve this deadline and would hope to contact you should this be the case.

Although every effort will be made to ensure a response is provided within statutory deadlines, due to current circumstances delays may be unavoidable. We apologise for any inconvenience and will endeavour to process your request as quickly as is practicable.

Please note the ‘working day’ is defined as any day other than a Saturday, a Sunday, or a day which is a bank holiday in any part of the United Kingdom. The first reckonable day is the first working day after receipt.

If you have any questions regarding your request please contact this office.

Yours sincerely,

Ms E McGuigan
Freedom of Information Decision Maker
Directorate of Standards and Ethics
Cleveland Community Safety Hub | 1 Cliffland Way | Hemlington | TS8 9GL
E-mail: [email address]

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn

       
Public Service | Transparency | Impartiality | Integrity

“Delivering outstanding policing for our communities”

Please do not use social media or email to report crime as we do not monitor these accounts 24/7. Dial 999 in an emergency or visit the contact us section of our website for all reporting options.

show quoted sections

Freedom of Information, Cleveland Police

Dear Mr Coelho

Enquiry Reference: 12646- 21

I write in connection with regards to your request received in this office on 19th February. I note you seek the following:

I am writing to request information on media appearances by Cleveland Police (and preceding agencies) in a documentary style, such as but not limited to ‘Road Wars’, ‘Police Interceptors’, ‘Brit Cops’ etc, where a camera person(s) is deployed with police officers and are followed throughout their tour of duty.

I would like to know;
Name of production – Police Interceptors
Production Company – Raw Cut
Policing Unit(s)/Investigation(s)/Operation(s) followed –CDSOU (Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operational Unit)
Status of Unit (active/disbanded/reformed/reorganized) – The Road Policing is still a joint unit however the Dog Section is now returned to the individual forces.

I would also like to know the current stance on 2021 (ignoring COVID-19) for these types of shows to be filmed with Cleveland Police - are they encouraged? If encouraged, are you actively engaged in filming currently, and if so, what production? If not encouraged or banned, is there reasoning behind this, for example a negative experience/portrayal previously?
a) There are no plans to be involved in any more documentaries at this current time.

On a similar line, police forces used to sell dashcam footage as ‘filler’ in these documentary shows, between their own self shot material. Does Cleveland Police sell dashcam footage of pursuits and other incidents, or otherwise make them available?
a) No information held

Having made enquiries within the Force above is all the information we have been able to retrieve.

The Cleveland Police response to your request is unique and it should be noted that Police Forces do not use generic systems or identical procedures to capture and record data therefore responses from Cleveland Police should not be used as a comparison with any other force response you receive.

If you are not satisfied with this response or any actions taken in dealing with your request you have the right to request an independent internal review of your case under our review procedure. The APP College of Policing guidance states that a request for internal review should be made within 20 working days of the date on this response or 40 working days if extenuating circumstances to account for the delay can be evidenced.

We have made every effort to ensure a response was provided within statutory deadlines, however due to current circumstances delays have been unavoidable. If your response was late we apologise for any inconvenience it may have caused.

If we can be of any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact this office.

Yours sincerely

Mrs M Johnson
Freedom of Information Decision Maker
Department of Standard & Ethics | 1 Cliffland Way | Hemlington | TS8 9GL

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn

Public Service | Transparency | Impartiality | Integrity

“Delivering outstanding policing for our communities”

Please do not use social media or email to report crime as we do not monitor these accounts 24/7. Dial 999 in an emergency or visit the contact us section of our website for all reporting options.

show quoted sections