Metropolitan Police Service Involvement in Information Operations

The request was partially successful.

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

I would like to request the following under Freedom of Information legislation.

Can you tell me how many staff employed by the Metropolitan Police Service have had training to be involved in Information Operations?

Can you tell me how many Information Operations the Metropolitan Police Service is involved in; and whether they all take place within your area (if not please provide breakdown)?

Can you tell me how many persons there are who are targets within Information Operations in your area?

All for date of writing.

Finally, could you tell me how much the Metropolitan Police Service spent on Information Operations in the financial year 2011/12?

Yours faithfully,

Donnie Mackenzie

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr MacKenzie

Freedom of Information Act Request Reference No: 2012110000040
I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 01/11/2012.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

·            "Can you tell me how many staff employed by the Metropolitan
Police     Service have had training to be involved in Information
Operations?         Can you tell me how many Information Operations the
Metropolitan     Police Service is involved in; and whether they all take
place     within your area (if not please provide breakdown)?         Can
you tell me how many persons there are who are targets within    
Information Operations in your area?         All for date of writing.    
    Finally, could you tell me how much the Metropolitan Police Service  
  spent on Information Operations in the financial year 2011/12? "

This is to inform you that I cannot identify any specific records /
documents that will satisfy your request based on the details you have
provided.  To enable the MPS to meet your request could you please provide
this office with further information.  I provide some guidance that may
assist you more clearly describe the information you require:

1) Please define what you mean by the term "information operations". This
is a very generalised and non-specific term and the meaning is not clear.

After receiving your reply, your request will then be considered and you
will receive the information requested within the statutory timescale of
20 working days, subject to the information not being exempt or containing
a reference to a third party.

However, if the requested additional information has not been received by
midnight on 29 November 2012 I will assume you no longer wish to proceed
with this request and will treat it as withdrawn.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Your attention is drawn to the attached sheet which details your right of
complaint.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please write
quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely,

James Prescott
Policy & Support Officer
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 and encouraged to
discuss the decision with the case officer that dealt with your request.  

Ask to have the decision looked at again –

The quickest and easiest way to have the decision looked at again is to
telephone the case officer that is nominated at the end of your decision
letter.

That person will be able to discuss the decision, explain any issues and
assist with any problems.

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
Public Access Office
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.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.
 Alternatively, phone or write to:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone:  01625 545 700

Total Policing is the Met's commitment to be on the streets and in your
communities to catch offenders, prevent crime and support victims. We are
here for London, working with you to make our capital safer.

 

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the intended recipient. If you have received this email in error, please
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legal liabilities, you must not distribute or copy the information in this
email without the permission of the sender. MPS communication systems are
monitored to the extent permitted by law.  Consequently, any email and/or
attachments may be read by monitoring staff. Only specified personnel are
authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
reached with other employees or agents.  The security of this email and
any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned
but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

 

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

If there is some doubt over which type of operations I am referring to in terms of classification; it would be best that you explicitly state the types of operation which the Metropolitan Police are involved
in, from which I can then identify.

By going into specific aspects of what Information Operations are and what they entail; I run the risk of ruling out the information sought because the definition may have evolved or your understanding of it may be in some way different to mine.

I recommend consultation with your seniors and some research on the subject. Their are numerous parties who train police on Info Ops and a key related body would be Targeting and Information Operations (TIO) based at Whitehall in London.(http://www.powerbase.info/index.php/Targ...

Yours faithfully,

Donnie Mackenzie

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr. MacKenzie

Freedom of Information Act Request Reference No: 2012110000040
I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 01/11/2012.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

·            Can you tell me how many staff employed by the Metropolitan
Police Service have had training to be involved in Information Operations?
   
    Can you tell me how many Information Operations the Metropolitan
Police Service is involved in; and whether they all take place within your
area (if not please provide breakdown)?
   
    Can you tell me how many persons there are who are targets within
Information Operations in your area?
   
    All for date of writing.
   
    Finally, could you tell me how much the Metropolitan Police Service
spent on Information Operations in the financial year 2011/12?

Re-defined on 01/11/2012:

"If there is some doubt over which type of operations I am referring to in
terms of classification; it would be best that you explicitly state the
types of operation which the Metropolitan Police are involved in, from
which I can then identify.
     
By going into specific aspects of what Information Operations are and what
they entail; I run the risk of ruling out the information sought because
the definition may have evolved or your understanding of it may be in some
way different to mine.
     
I recommend consultation with your seniors and some research on the
subject. Their are numerous parties who train police on Info Ops and a key
related body would be Targeting and Information Operations (TIO) based at
Whitehall in
London.(http://www.powerbase.info/index.php/Targ...

On behalf of the MPS, may I take the opportunity to sincerely apologise
for the late response to your request for information.  This oversight was
due to an administrative error.

However unfortunately, your above request still needs to be clarified and
the MPS is unable to process this request in its current form:
 

* Please explain what you mean by the term  "Information Operations". I
have read through the description you have provided via the link but
this is still unclear.
* Please explain the type of Operations you deem to be covered by the
term Information Operations.

After receiving your reply, your request will then be considered and
you will receive a response.

However, if the requested additional information has not been received
by Friday 11th January 2013, I will assume you no longer wish to
proceed with this request and will treat it as withdrawn.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Your attention is drawn to the attached sheet which details your right
of complaint.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
contact me quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely,

R. Loizou
Policy and Support Officer
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 and encouraged to
discuss the decision with the case officer that dealt with your
request.  

Ask to have the decision looked at again –

The quickest and easiest way to have the decision looked at again is
to telephone the case officer that is nominated at the end of your
decision letter.

That person will be able to discuss the decision, explain any issues
and assist with any problems.

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
Public Access Office
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.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.  Alternatively, phone or write to:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone:  01625 545 700

Total Policing is the Met's commitment to be on the streets and in your
communities to catch offenders, prevent crime and support victims. We are
here for London, working with you to make our capital safer.

 

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legal liabilities, you must not distribute or copy the information in this
email without the permission of the sender. MPS communication systems are
monitored to the extent permitted by law.  Consequently, any email and/or
attachments may be read by monitoring staff. Only specified personnel are
authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
reached with other employees or agents.  The security of this email and
any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned
but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

 

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Hi There,

Thanks for your response.

Because Information Operations are a type of operation, I imagine the first question might be easy to answer. Assuming your training records are digitized you would be able to search for the term itself.

I did a search on the structure of the Met police. I understand sections of your structure include directorates titled Specialist Operations, and Specialist Crimes and Operations. If the web entry is accurate these are headed by Cressida Dick and Mark Rowley respectively. I imagine people of this level/position would be the appropriate ones for you to consult with as they will have broad knowledge of the extent and type of operations you are involved in.

There is a document online which was produced in 2002 by the MOD called JWP 3-80. It may be useful for giving a rough guide but I would rely on it's definitions as it has likely been superceded by a different version. However it outlines the fact that multifarious parties are involved in Information Operations:
ics-www.leeds.ac.uk/papers/pmt/exhibits/2270/jwp3_80.pdf

This is an example of a relevant course which police attend:

http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/students/cour...

I hope that this can help guide you further. Really the best advice would be to do a little bit of reading and then refer to the appropriate overseers of the directorates above.

Yours faithfully,

Donnie Mackenzie

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Thank you for your e-mail. I am out of the office until Wednesday 12th
December 2012.

For any urgent enquiries you may contact the Administrative Support Team
at:

foi@met.police.uk  OR  [email address]

Total Policing is the Met's commitment to be on the streets and in your
communities to catch offenders, prevent crime and support victims. We are
here for London, working with you to make our capital safer.

 

Consider our environment - please do not print this email unless
absolutely necessary.

NOTICE - This email and any attachments may be confidential, subject to
copyright and/or legal privilege and are intended solely for the use of
the intended recipient. If you have received this email in error, please
notify the sender and delete it from your system.  To avoid incurring
legal liabilities, you must not distribute or copy the information in this
email without the permission of the sender. MPS communication systems are
monitored to the extent permitted by law.  Consequently, any email and/or
attachments may be read by monitoring staff. Only specified personnel are
authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
reached with other employees or agents.  The security of this email and
any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned
but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

 

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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr. MacKenzie

Freedom of Information Act Request Reference No: 2012110000040
I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 01/11/2012.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

·            "Can you tell me how many staff employed by the Metropolitan
Police Service have had training to be involved in Information Operations?
   
Can you tell me how many Information Operations the Metropolitan Police
Service is involved in; and whether they all take place within your area
(if not please provide breakdown)?
   
Can you tell me how many persons there are who are targets within
Information Operations in your area?
   
All for date of writing.
   
Finally, could you tell me how much the Metropolitan Police Service spent
on Information Operations in the financial year 2011/12?

RE-DEFINED on 12/12/2012:

"Hi There,
   
Thanks for your response.
   
Because Information Operations are a type of operation, I imagine the
first question might be easy to answer. Assuming your training records are
digitized you would be able to search for the term itself.
   
I did a search on the structure of the Met police. I understand
sections of your structure include directorates titled Specialist
Operations, and Specialist Crimes and Operations. If the web entry is
accurate these are headed by Cressida Dick and Mark Rowley respectively. I
imagine people of this level/position would be the appropriate ones for
you to consult with as they will have broad knowledge of the extent and
type of operations you are involved in.
   
There is a document online which was produced in 2002 by the MOD called
JWP 3-80. It may be useful for giving a rough guide but I would rely on
it's definitions as it has likely been superceded by a different version.
However it outlines the fact that multifarious parties are involved in
Information Operations:
ics-www.leeds.ac.uk/papers/pmt/exhibits/2270/jwp3_80.pdf
   
This is an example of a relevant course which police attend:
   
http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/students/cour...
   
I hope that this can help guide you further. Really the best advice would
be to do a little bit of reading and then refer to the appropriate
overseers of the directorates above."

To enable the MPS to meet your request could you please provide this
office with further information.  I provide some guidance that may assist
you more clearly describe the information you require:

I'm afraid your above request is still unclear.

* Please explain what military information operations related
information you require.

After receiving your reply, your request will then be considered and you
will receive the information requested within the statutory timescale of
20 working days, subject to the information not being exempt or containing
a reference to a third party.

However, if the requested additional information has not been received by
Monday 14th January 2013, I will assume you no longer wish to proceed with
this request and will treat it as withdrawn.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Your attention is drawn to the attached sheet which details your right of
complaint.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
contact me quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely,

R. Loizou
Policy and Support Officer
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 and encouraged to
discuss the decision with the case officer that dealt with your request.  

Ask to have the decision looked at again –

The quickest and easiest way to have the decision looked at again is to
telephone the case officer that is nominated at the end of your decision
letter.

That person will be able to discuss the decision, explain any issues and
assist with any problems.

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
Public Access Office
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.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.
 Alternatively, phone or write to:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone:  01625 545 700

Total Policing is the Met's commitment to be on the streets and in your
communities to catch offenders, prevent crime and support victims. We are
here for London, working with you to make our capital safer.

 

Consider our environment - please do not print this email unless
absolutely necessary.

NOTICE - This email and any attachments may be confidential, subject to
copyright and/or legal privilege and are intended solely for the use of
the intended recipient. If you have received this email in error, please
notify the sender and delete it from your system.  To avoid incurring
legal liabilities, you must not distribute or copy the information in this
email without the permission of the sender. MPS communication systems are
monitored to the extent permitted by law.  Consequently, any email and/or
attachments may be read by monitoring staff. Only specified personnel are
authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
reached with other employees or agents.  The security of this email and
any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned
but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

 

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Thanks for the prompt response.

In the response previous to this you detailed that what was preventing you answering was that you did not know what Information Operations were and asked me to clarify.

As you have quoted, I provided a link to documentation which underlines the fact that Information Operations are a type of operation in their own right; and a separate link to a course which underlined that police are one of the various groups of 'actors'(to quote from JWP 3-80) who can be involved in Information Operations.

It was with some understanding that I tried to guide you to individuals within your organisation who could help you find the information I have sought.

In your last response, you restate that you need more clarity, but follow by requesting something different in indicating that you do not understand what I was asking for in the original request on 1/11/12.

This is of some concern to me because I would consider the language used in my request as being plain.

Please assist me in understanding what your angle is on this.

Are you telling me that you have not consulted with parties I recommended contacting; or that you have and that they have never heard of Information Operations?

Are you telling me that you made attempts to speak to appropriate individuals who deal with staff training(/records) or consulted with training records and couldn't find anyone with qualifications pertinent to Information Operations?

Thanks again for the response.

Yours faithfully,

Donnie Mackenzie

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Thank you for your e-mail. I am out of the office until Thursday 13th
December 2012.

For any urgent enquiries you may contact the Administrative Support Team
at:

foi@met.police.uk  OR  [email address]

Total Policing is the Met's commitment to be on the streets and in your
communities to catch offenders, prevent crime and support victims. We are
here for London, working with you to make our capital safer.

 

Consider our environment - please do not print this email unless
absolutely necessary.

NOTICE - This email and any attachments may be confidential, subject to
copyright and/or legal privilege and are intended solely for the use of
the intended recipient. If you have received this email in error, please
notify the sender and delete it from your system.  To avoid incurring
legal liabilities, you must not distribute or copy the information in this
email without the permission of the sender. MPS communication systems are
monitored to the extent permitted by law.  Consequently, any email and/or
attachments may be read by monitoring staff. Only specified personnel are
authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
reached with other employees or agents.  The security of this email and
any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned
but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

 

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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr. MacKenzie

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2012110000040

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 01/11/2012.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

    "Can you tell me how many staff employed by the Metropolitan Police
Service have had training to be involved in Information Operations?
   
Can you tell me how many Information Operations the Metropolitan Police
Service is involved in; and whether they all take place within your area
(if not please provide breakdown)?
   
Can you tell me how many persons there are who are targets within
Information Operations in your area?
   
All for date of writing.
   
Finally, could you tell me how much the Metropolitan Police Service spent
on Information Operations in the financial year 2011/12?

RE-DEFINED on 12/12/2012:

Hi There,
   
Thanks for your response.
   
Because Information Operations are a type of operation, I imagine the
first question might be easy to answer. Assuming your training records are
digitized you would be able to search for the term itself.
   
I did a search on the structure of the Met police. I understand
sections of your structure include directorates titled Specialist
Operations, and Specialist Crimes and Operations. If the web entry is
accurate these are headed by Cressida Dick and Mark Rowley respectively. I
imagine people of this level/position would be the appropriate ones for
you to consult with as they will have broad knowledge of the extent and
type of operations you are involved in.
   
There is a document online which was produced in 2002 by the MOD called
JWP 3-80. It may be useful for giving a rough guide but I would rely on
it's definitions as it has likely been superceded by a different version.
However it outlines the fact that multifarious parties are involved in
Information Operations:
ics-www.leeds.ac.uk/papers/pmt/exhibits/2270/jwp3_80.pdf
   
This is an example of a relevant course which police attend:
   
http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/students/cour...
   
I hope that this can help guide you further. Really the best advice would
be to do a little bit of reading and then refer to the appropriate
overseers of the directorates above.

RE-DEFINED on 13/12/2012:

Thanks for the prompt response.
   
In the response previous to this you detailed that what was
preventing you answering was that you did not know what Information
Operations were and asked me to clarify.
   
As you have quoted, I provided a link to documentation which underlines
the fact that Information Operations are a type of operation in their own
right; and a separate link to a course which underlined that police are
one of the various groups of 'actors'(to quote from JWP 3-80) who can be
involved in Information Operations.
   
It was with some understanding that I tried to guide you to
individuals within your organisation who could help you find the
information I have sought.
   
In your last response, you restate that you need more clarity, but follow
by requesting something different in indicating that you do not understand
what I was asking for in the original request on 1/11/12.
   
This is of some concern to me because I would consider the language used
in my request as being plain.
   
Please assist me in understanding what your angle is on this.
   
Are you telling me that you have not consulted with parties I
recommended contacting; or that you have and that they have never heard of
Information Operations?
   
Are you telling me that you made attempts to speak to appropriate
individuals who deal with staff training(/records) or consulted with
training records and couldn't find anyone with qualifications pertinent to
Information Operations?
   
Thanks again for the response.  "  

Following receipt of your request searches were conducted within the MPS
to locate information relevant to your request.

EXTENT OF SEARCHES TO LOCATE INFORMATION

To locate the information relevant to your request searches were conducted
at the following units:

* Public Access Office (PAO), Information Access Services (IAS)
* Spcialist Crime & Operations (SC&O),
* Specialist Operations 14 (SO14 Royalty Protection),
* Specialist Operations (SO15 Counter Terrorism Command)
* Directorate of Information (DoI)
* Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS)

RESULT OF SEARCHES

May I sincerely apologise for the late response. However, the searches
failed to locate any information relevant to your request, therefore, the
information you have requested is not held by the MPS.

This is to inform you that the term "Information Operations" is a military
term and is therefore not assimilated in the police service.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Your attention is drawn to the attached sheet which details your right of
complaint.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
contact me quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

R. Loizou
Policy and Support Officer
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 and encouraged to
discuss the decision with the case officer that dealt with your request.  

Ask to have the decision looked at again –

The quickest and easiest way to have the decision looked at again is to
telephone the case officer that is nominated at the end of your decision
letter.

That person will be able to discuss the decision, explain any issues and
assist with any problems.

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
Public Access Office
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.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.
 Alternatively, phone or write to:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone:  01625 545 700

Total Policing is the Met's commitment to be on the streets and in your
communities to catch offenders, prevent crime and support victims. We are
here for London, working with you to make our capital safer.

 

Consider our environment - please do not print this email unless
absolutely necessary.

NOTICE - This email and any attachments may be confidential, subject to
copyright and/or legal privilege and are intended solely for the use of
the intended recipient. If you have received this email in error, please
notify the sender and delete it from your system.  To avoid incurring
legal liabilities, you must not distribute or copy the information in this
email without the permission of the sender. MPS communication systems are
monitored to the extent permitted by law.  Consequently, any email and/or
attachments may be read by monitoring staff. Only specified personnel are
authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
reached with other employees or agents.  The security of this email and
any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned
but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Thanks for the last more detailed response.

I would like you to open a new request which answers the following:

Is the Metropolitan Police involved in any operations which include the use of Psychological Warfare? If so, could you please provide the number of operations and what police area they are located in?

Is the Metropolitan Police involved in any surveillance operations which include the use of Electronic Warfare? If so, could you please provide the number of operations and what police area they are located in?

Please also provide the total number of targets (human) within these types of operations.

Yours faithfully,

Donnie Mackenzie

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Thank you for your e-mail. I am out of the office until Monday 17th
December 2012.

For any urgent enquiries you may contact the Administrative Support Team
at:

foi@met.police.uk  OR  [email address]

Total Policing is the Met's commitment to be on the streets and in your
communities to catch offenders, prevent crime and support victims. We are
here for London, working with you to make our capital safer.

 

Consider our environment - please do not print this email unless
absolutely necessary.

NOTICE - This email and any attachments may be confidential, subject to
copyright and/or legal privilege and are intended solely for the use of
the intended recipient. If you have received this email in error, please
notify the sender and delete it from your system.  To avoid incurring
legal liabilities, you must not distribute or copy the information in this
email without the permission of the sender. MPS communication systems are
monitored to the extent permitted by law.  Consequently, any email and/or
attachments may be read by monitoring staff. Only specified personnel are
authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
reached with other employees or agents.  The security of this email and
any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned
but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr. Mackenzie

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2012120001577
I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 14/12/2012.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

"Thanks for the last more detailed response.    

I would like you to open a new request which answers the following:    

Is the Metropolitan Police involved in any operations which include the
use of Psychological Warfare? If so, could you please provide the number
of operations and what police area they are located in?    

Is the Metropolitan Police involved in any surveillance operations which
include the use of Electronic Warfare? If so, could you please provide the
number of operations and what police area they are located in?    

Please also provide the total number of targets (human) within these types
of operations."

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, subject to
the information not being exempt or containing a reference to a third
party.  In some circumstances the MPS may be unable to achieve this
deadline.  If this is likely you will be informed and given a revised
time-scale at the earliest opportunity.

Some requests may also require either full or partial transference to
another public authority in order to answer your query in the fullest
possible way. Again, you will be informed if this is the case.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Your attention is drawn to the attached sheet, which details your right of
complaint.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
contact me quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

R. Loizou
Policy and Support Officer
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 and encouraged to
discuss the decision with the case officer that dealt with your request.  

Ask to have the decision looked at again –

The quickest and easiest way to have the decision looked at again is to
telephone the case officer that is nominated at the end of your decision
letter.

That person will be able to discuss the decision, explain any issues and
assist with any problems.

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
Public Access Office
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.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.
 Alternatively, phone or write to:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone:  01625 545 700

Total Policing is the Met's commitment to be on the streets and in your
communities to catch offenders, prevent crime and support victims. We are
here for London, working with you to make our capital safer.

 

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absolutely necessary.

NOTICE - This email and any attachments may be confidential, subject to
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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
legal liabilities, you must not distribute or copy the information in this
email without the permission of the sender. MPS communication systems are
monitored to the extent permitted by law.  Consequently, any email and/or
attachments may be read by monitoring staff. Only specified personnel are
authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
reached with other employees or agents.  The security of this email and
any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned
but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

 

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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr. Mackenzie

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2012120001577

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 14/12/2012.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

"Thanks for the last more detailed response.
   
I would like you to open a new request which answers the following:
   
Is the Metropolitan Police involved in any operations which include the
use of Psychological Warfare? If so, could you please provide the number
of operations and what police area they are located in?
   
Is the Metropolitan Police involved in any surveillance operations which
include the use of Electronic Warfare? If so, could you please provide the
number of operations and what police area they are located in?
   
Please also provide the total number of targets (human) within these types
of operations."

Following receipt of your request searches were conducted within the MPS
to locate information relevant to your request.

EXTENT OF SEARCHES TO LOCATE INFORMATION

To locate the information relevant to your request searches were conducted
at:

* Public Access Office (PAO), Information Access Services (IAS)
* Specialist Operations (SO15 Counter Terrorism Command)
* Specialist Crime & Operations (SC&O)

This is to inform you that 'Psychological and Electronic warfare' relate
to military activities and not to police activities.

RESULT OF SEARCHES

The searches failed to locate any information relevant to your request,
therefore, the information you have requested is not held by the MPS.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Your attention is drawn to the attached sheet which details your right of
complaint.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
contact me quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

R. Loizou
Administration Team Officer
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 and encouraged to
discuss the decision with the case officer that dealt with your request.  

Ask to have the decision looked at again –

The quickest and easiest way to have the decision looked at again is to
telephone the case officer that is nominated at the end of your decision
letter.

That person will be able to discuss the decision, explain any issues and
assist with any problems.

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
Public Access Office
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.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.
 Alternatively, phone or write to:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone:  01625 545 700

Total Policing is the Met's commitment to be on the streets and in your
communities to catch offenders, prevent crime and support victims. We are
here for London, working with you to make our capital safer.

 

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NOTICE - This email and any attachments may be confidential, subject to
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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
legal liabilities, you must not distribute or copy the information in this
email without the permission of the sender. MPS communication systems are
monitored to the extent permitted by law.  Consequently, any email and/or
attachments may be read by monitoring staff. Only specified personnel are
authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
reached with other employees or agents.  The security of this email and
any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned
but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Thanks for your last response.

I note that there was 3 differences between the request searches you made last time and this time. This includes dropping the Directorate of Professional Standards and the Directorate of Information (DOI). In particular, the DOI would seem especially pertinent given it's remit.

For clarity, I would like to ask you why you did not consult these departments specifically, and I would like to ask that you now include them in the search.

Yours faithfully,

Donnie Mackenzie

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Thank you for your e-mail. I am out of the office until Friday 21st
December 2012.

For any urgent enquiries you may contact the Administrative Support Team
at:

foi@met.police.uk  OR  [email address]

Total Policing is the Met's commitment to be on the streets and in your
communities to catch offenders, prevent crime and support victims. We are
here for London, working with you to make our capital safer.

 

Consider our environment - please do not print this email unless
absolutely necessary.

NOTICE - This email and any attachments may be confidential, subject to
copyright and/or legal privilege and are intended solely for the use of
the intended recipient. If you have received this email in error, please
notify the sender and delete it from your system.  To avoid incurring
legal liabilities, you must not distribute or copy the information in this
email without the permission of the sender. MPS communication systems are
monitored to the extent permitted by law.  Consequently, any email and/or
attachments may be read by monitoring staff. Only specified personnel are
authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
reached with other employees or agents.  The security of this email and
any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned
but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

 

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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr. Mackenzie,

As mentioned in my previous response to you, 'Psychological and Electronic
warfare' relate to military activities and not to police activities.

With kind regards,

R. Loizou
 

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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr. Mackenzie,

After checking with the Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) and
the Directorate of Information (DOI), I can confirm that the MPS
response is still "Information Not Held".

With kind regards,

R. Loizou

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Thanks for the last couple of responses. I appreciate
the promptness and attention afforded.

I would like to submit another request.

Please could you tell me if the Metropolitan Police Service is involved in any joint agency operations which include surveillance?

If so, could you please specify how many operations and how many staff are committed to these at date of writing?

Could you also please specify the total number of people who are the target of these operations?

Yours faithfully,

Donnie Mackenzie

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Thank you for your e-mail. I am out of the office until Monday 24th
December 2012.

For any urgent enquiries you may contact the Administrative Support Team
at:

foi@met.police.uk  OR  [email address]

Total Policing is the Met's commitment to be on the streets and in your
communities to catch offenders, prevent crime and support victims. We are
here for London, working with you to make our capital safer.

 

Consider our environment - please do not print this email unless
absolutely necessary.

NOTICE - This email and any attachments may be confidential, subject to
copyright and/or legal privilege and are intended solely for the use of
the intended recipient. If you have received this email in error, please
notify the sender and delete it from your system.  To avoid incurring
legal liabilities, you must not distribute or copy the information in this
email without the permission of the sender. MPS communication systems are
monitored to the extent permitted by law.  Consequently, any email and/or
attachments may be read by monitoring staff. Only specified personnel are
authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
reached with other employees or agents.  The security of this email and
any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned
but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

 

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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr/Ms Mackenzie

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2012120002226
I respond in connection with your request for information which was
received by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 22/12/2012.  I note
you seek access to the following information:

 1. Please could you tell me if the Metropolitan Police Service is
involved in any joint agency operations which include surveillance?  
 
 2. If so, could you please specify how many operations and how many staff
are committed to these at date of writing?    
 3. Could you also please specify the total number of people who are the
target of these operations?

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, subject to
the information not being exempt or containing a reference to a third
party.  In some circumstances the MPS may be unable to achieve this
deadline.  If this is likely you will be informed and given a revised
time-scale at the earliest opportunity.

Some requests may also require either full or partial transference to
another public authority in order to answer your query in the fullest
possible way. Again, you will be informed if this is the case.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Your attention is drawn to the attached sheet, which details your right of
complaint.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
contact me quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Catherine Carrington
SC&O Information Manager
Freedom of Information Compliance
  Specialist Crime & Operations (SC&O)
Metropolitan Police Service
020 7230 9962
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 and encouraged to
discuss the decision with the case officer that dealt with your request.  

Ask to have the decision looked at again –

The quickest and easiest way to have the decision looked at again is to
telephone the case officer that is nominated at the end of your decision
letter.

That person will be able to discuss the decision, explain any issues and
assist with any problems.

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
Public Access Office
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.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.
 Alternatively, phone or write to:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone:  01625 545 700

Total Policing is the Met's commitment to be on the streets and in your
communities to catch offenders, prevent crime and support victims. We are
here for London, working with you to make our capital safer.

 

Consider our environment - please do not print this email unless
absolutely necessary.

NOTICE - This email and any attachments may be confidential, subject to
copyright and/or legal privilege and are intended solely for the use of
the intended recipient. If you have received this email in error, please
notify the sender and delete it from your system.  To avoid incurring
legal liabilities, you must not distribute or copy the information in this
email without the permission of the sender. MPS communication systems are
monitored to the extent permitted by law.  Consequently, any email and/or
attachments may be read by monitoring staff. Only specified personnel are
authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
reached with other employees or agents.  The security of this email and
any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned
but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

 

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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr/Ms Mackenzie

Freedom of Information Act Request Reference No: 2012120002226
I respond in connection with your request for information which was
received by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 22/12/2012.  I note
you seek access to the following information:

Thanks for the last couple of responses. I appreciate the promptness and
attention afforded.     I would like to submit another request.    

 1. Please could you tell me if the Metropolitan Police Service is
involved in any joint agency operations which include surveillance?  
 
 2. If so, could you please specify how many operations and how many staff
are committed to these at date of writing?    
 3. Could you also please specify the total number of people who are the
target of these operations?

This is to inform you that I cannot identify any specific records /
documents that will satisfy your request based on the details you have
provided.  To enable the MPS to meet your request could you please provide
this office with further information.  I provide some guidance that may
assist you more clearly describe the information you require:

Please explain what you mean by joint agency operations.

After receiving your reply, your request will then be considered and you
will receive the information requested within the statutory timescale of
20 working days, subject to the information not being exempt or containing
a reference to a third party.

However, if the requested additional information has not been received by
07/02/2013 I will assume you no longer wish to proceed with this request
and will treat it as withdrawn.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Your attention is drawn to the attached sheet which details your right of
complaint.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
contact me quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely,

Catherine Carrington
SC&O Information Manager
Freedom of Information Compliance
Specialist Crime & Operations (SC&O)
Metropolitan Police Service
020 7230 9962
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 and encouraged to
discuss the decision with the case officer that dealt with your request.  

Ask to have the decision looked at again –

The quickest and easiest way to have the decision looked at again is to
telephone the case officer that is nominated at the end of your decision
letter.

That person will be able to discuss the decision, explain any issues and
assist with any problems.

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
Public Access Office
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.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.
 Alternatively, phone or write to:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone:  01625 545 700

Total Policing is the Met's commitment to be on the streets and in your
communities to catch offenders, prevent crime and support victims. We are
here for London, working with you to make our capital safer.

 

Consider our environment - please do not print this email unless
absolutely necessary.

NOTICE - This email and any attachments may be confidential, subject to
copyright and/or legal privilege and are intended solely for the use of
the intended recipient. If you have received this email in error, please
notify the sender and delete it from your system.  To avoid incurring
legal liabilities, you must not distribute or copy the information in this
email without the permission of the sender. MPS communication systems are
monitored to the extent permitted by law.  Consequently, any email and/or
attachments may be read by monitoring staff. Only specified personnel are
authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
reached with other employees or agents.  The security of this email and
any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned
but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

 

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

I am sorry, the terms are very simple. There is no hidden meaning. Can you please explain what it is you do not understand?

Yours faithfully,

Donnie Mackenzie

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr/Ms Mackenzie

Please read my clarification request.

Until you supply the information requested, this will remain on hold.

Regards

Catherine Carrington
Catherine Carrington
SC&O Information Manager
Freedom of Information Compliance & Exceptional Case Unit
Specialist Crime & Operations (SC&O)
Metropolitan Police Service
Telephone 020 7230 2331 extn 62331
Email [email address]
Address 10 Broadway, London SW1H 0BG
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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

If I understand this clearly, you are questioning what a "joint agency operation" is.

Joint means with, as in to work with in any way.

By agency, I mean any force/organisation/company/ngo etc who are not Metropolitan Police Service. As mentioned this is for operations which involve surveillance.

Does this make sense?

Sincerely,

Donnie Mackenzie

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr/Ms Mackenzie

Thank you for the reclarification you provided below, however I have to
seek clarification further.

Just to confirm I fully understand your request, you require to know

1) The number of ongoing joint Agency operations which include
surveillance as at 22/12/2012
2) The number of MPS staff committed to question 1 as at 22/12/2012
3) The total number of people who are the target of question 1 as at
22/12/2012

Regards

Catherine Carrington
Catherine Carrington
SC&O Information Manager
Freedom of Information Compliance & Exceptional Case Unit
Specialist Crime & Operations (SC&O)
Metropolitan Police Service
Telephone 020 7230 2331 extn 62331
Email [email address]
Address 10 Broadway, London SW1H 0BG
Not Protectively Marked

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Thanks for the response. That seems to repeat what I have written fairly accurately. I didn't use the term 'ongoing', and given your attention to the semantics I would advise that you only use this wording if it does not alter the information you would provide to me. Please proceed.

Yours faithfully,

Donnie Mackenzie

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr/Ms Mackenzie

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2012120002226

I respond in connection with your request for information which was
received by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 16/01/2013.  I note
you seek access to the following information:

Thanks for the last couple of responses. I appreciate the promptness and
attention afforded.     I would like to submit another request.

 1. Please could you tell me if the Metropolitan Police Service is
involved in any joint agency operations which include surveillance?  
 2. If so, could you please specify how many operations and how many staff
are committed to these at date of writing?    
 3. Could you also please specify the total number of people who are the
target of these operations?

1st reclarification received on 16/01/2013 at 0025hrs:

If I understand this clearly, you are questioning what a "joint agency
operation" is.        
Joint means with, as in to work with in any way.  By agency, I mean any
force/organisation/company/ngo etc who are not Metropolitan Police
Service. As mentioned this is for operations which involve surveillance.

2nd reclarifiaction received on 16/01/2013 at 1707hrs:

Thanks for the response. That seems to repeat what I have written fairly
accurately. I didn't use the term 'ongoing', and given your     attention
to the semantics I would advise that you only use this wording if it does
not alter the information you would provide to     me. Please proceed.

 1. The number of ongoing joint Agency operations which include
surveillance as at 22/12/2012 )
 2. The number of MPS staff committed to question 1 as at 22/12/2012 )
 3. The total number of people who are the target of question 1 as at
22/12/2012 .

This email is to inform you that it will not be possible to respond to
your request within the cost threshold.  The MPS has more than 32
Borough/Operational Command Units (B/OCUs).  Police officers of various
ranks are able to perform surveillance on subjects, for any number of
reasons.

To establish if the information you require is held by the MPS can not be
achieved within the time provided by the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(the Act) as to do so will require the searching of many of the MPS's
electronic systems, and paper based files located in all the B/OCUs.

We estimate that the cost of complying with this request would exceed the
appropriate limit. The appropriate limit has been specified in regulations
and for agencies outside central Government; this is set at £450.00.  
This represents the estimated cost of one person spending 18 hours [at a
rate of £25 per hour] in determining whether the MPS holds the
information, and locating, retrieving and extracting the information.

In accordance with the Act, this email acts as a Refusal Notice.

Section 17(5) of the Act provides:

(5) A public authority which, in relation to any request for information,
is relying on a claim that section 12 or 14 applies must, within the time
for complying with section 1(1), give the applicant a notice stating that
fact.

Section 12(1) of the Act provides:

(1) Section 1 does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request
for information if the authority estimates that the cost of complying with
the request would exceed the appropriate limit.

Section 16 of the Act provides:

(1) It shall be the duty of a public authority to provide advice and
assistance, so far as it would be reasonable to expect the authority to do
so, to persons who propose to make, or have made, requests for information
to it.

(2) Any public authority which, in relation to the provision of advice or
assistance in any case, conforms with the code of practice under section
45 is to be taken to comply with the duty imposed by subsection (1) in
relation to that case.

Under Section 16 of the Act (duty to assist), an authority is required to
offer an applicant the opportunity to redefine their request within the
cost limit. Unfortunately due to the rationale noted above, I am unable to
suggest any practical way in which your request may be modified in order
to bring it within the 18 hours stipulated by the Regulations.
 
NB A public authority is not obliged to assist an applicant in redefining
a request to within the time/cost limit, if there is no probability of
achieving this.

This was confirmed in Decision Notice 50194062.

The MPS apologises for the delay.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Your attention is drawn to the attached sheet which details your right of
complaint.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
contact me quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Catherine Carrington
SC&O Information Manager
Freedom of Information Compliance
Specialist Crime & Operations (SC&O)
Metropolitan Police Service
020 7230 9962
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 and encouraged to
discuss the decision with the case officer that dealt with your request.  

Ask to have the decision looked at again –

The quickest and easiest way to have the decision looked at again is to
telephone the case officer that is nominated at the end of your decision
letter.

That person will be able to discuss the decision, explain any issues and
assist with any problems.

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
Public Access Office
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.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.
 Alternatively, phone or write to:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone:  01625 545 700

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Donnie Mackenzie

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Thank you for your response dated 18th Feb 2013. In it you provide a refusal on grounds of excessive cost. I am dissatisfied because I believe it unlikely that there would not be some aggregated record of surveillance within areas and/or at a wider level which could be accessed simply.

There is increasing media coverage of reductions in budgets for public bodies and I think it is likely that there would be in depth and ongoing analysis of how funding is apportioned.

A good record keeping system is usually kept within organisations for a multitude of different purposes such as avoiding overlap of duties/conflicts of interest, accounting for uses of staff and assets and maintaining compliance with legislation.

I think that it is possible that if the request were to be refined appropriately the information could be succesfully released within the time/expenditure limit, provided it is sought in a sensible way (Ie. e-mailing the specific individuals who would be in a positions of surveillance oversight). If I were to refine the request I would do it based organisation(s) involved in the joint effort.

Please could your refer this for an Internal Review.

Yours faithfully,

Donnie Mackenzie

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Mackenzie

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2013030002437

I write in connection with your request for a review of the original MPS
decision relating to 2012120002226 which was received by the Metropolitan
Police Service (MPS) on 08/03/2013.  

Your request for a review will now be considered in accordance with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act).  You will receive a response to
your request for a review of the original MPS case within a timescale of
20 working days.  In some circumstances the MPS may be unable to achieve
this deadline.  If this is likely you will be informed and given a revised
time-scale at the earliest opportunity.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Your attention is drawn to the attached sheet, which details your right of
complaint.

Yours sincerely

R. Loizou
Administration Team Officer
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 and encouraged to
discuss the decision with the case officer that dealt with your request.  

Ask to have the decision looked at again –

The quickest and easiest way to have the decision looked at again is to
telephone the case officer that is nominated at the end of your decision
letter.

That person will be able to discuss the decision, explain any issues and
assist with any problems.

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
Public Access Office
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.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.
 Alternatively, phone or write to:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone:  01625 545 700

Total Policing is the Met's commitment to be on the streets and in your
communities to catch offenders, prevent crime and support victims. We are
here for London, working with you to make our capital safer.

 

Consider our environment - please do not print this email unless
absolutely necessary.

NOTICE - This email and any attachments may be confidential, subject to
copyright and/or legal privilege and are intended solely for the use of
the intended recipient. If you have received this email in error, please
notify the sender and delete it from your system.  To avoid incurring
legal liabilities, you must not distribute or copy the information in this
email without the permission of the sender. MPS communication systems are
monitored to the extent permitted by law.  Consequently, any email and/or
attachments may be read by monitoring staff. Only specified personnel are
authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
reached with other employees or agents.  The security of this email and
any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned
but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

 

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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Donnie Mackenzie

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2013030002437

I write in connection with your correspondence dated 8th March 2013
requesting that the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) review its response
to your request for information (ref: 2012120002226).  Firstly, may I
apologise for the delay in you receiving a response to your request for
the MPS to review the original decision.The request was as follows:

Original request

1.        Please could you tell me if the Metropolitan Police Service is
involved in any joint agency operations which include surveillance?  
2.        If so, could you please specify how many operations and how many
staff are committed to these at date of writing?    
3.        Could you also please specify the total number of people who are
the target of these operations?

1st reclarification received on 16/01/2013
If I understand this clearly, you are questioning what a "joint agency
operation" is.        
Joint means with, as in to work with in any way.  By agency, I mean any
force/organisation/company/ngo etc who are not Metropolitan Police
Service. As mentioned this is for operations which involve surveillance.

2nd reclarifiaction received on 16/01/2013
Thanks for the response. That seems to repeat what I have written fairly
accurately. I didn't use the term 'ongoing', and given your attention to
the semantics I would advise that you only use this wording if it does not
alter the information you would provide to     me. Please proceed.

1.        The number of ongoing joint Agency operations which include
surveillance as at 22/12/2012 )
2.        The number of MPS staff committed to question 1 as at 22/12/2012
)
3.        The total number of people who are the target of question 1 as
at 22/12/2012 .

Request for Review

I am dissatisfied because I believe it unlikely that there would not be
some aggregated record of surveillance within areas and/or at a wider
level which could be accessed simply.
     
There is increasing media coverage of reductions in budgets for public
bodies and I think it is likely that there would be in depth and ongoing
analysis of how funding is apportioned.
     
A good record keeping system is usually kept within organisations for a
multitude of different purposes such as avoiding overlap of
duties/conflicts of interest, accounting for uses of staff and assets and
maintaining compliance with legislation.
     
I think that it is possible that if the request were to be refined
appropriately the information could be succesfully released within the
time/expenditure limit, provided it is sought in a sensible way (Ie.
e-mailing the specific individuals who would be in a positions of
surveillance oversight). If I were to refine the request I would do it
based organisation(s) involved in the joint effort.
     

DECISION

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has completed its review and has
decided to vary the original subsection engaged in this case. The review
has varied the subsection from section 12(1) to section 12(2) Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (FoIA) - where costs exceed the appropriate limit to
determine whether it holds information of the description specified to the
request.

In addition, the review acknowledges the procedural delay to your request.

Review decision in respect of DELAY in dealing with original request

The review can advise you that the statutory time limit for responding to
a Freedom of Information Act request is set out in Section 10(1) of the
FoIA which states that a public authority must comply with section1 (1)
promptly and in any event not later than the twentieth working day
following the date of receipt.  Therefore, a public authority must inform
the applicant in writing whether it holds the information requested and if
so, communicate that information to the applicant, promptly, but not later
than 20 working days after receipt of the request.

Your request for information was received by the MPS on the 22nd December
2012 and later clarified by yourself on the 16th January 2013. Therefore a
response should have been sent by the 13th February 2013, but was not sent
until the 18th February 2013.

In relation to time compliance I would like to advise you of the
Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) Good Practice guideline which
states ‘The FOIA requires public authorities to comply with requests for
information within 20 working days following receipt of the request’. I
can confirm that in this instance a failure to respond to your request
within the time limit is a breach of section 10(1) of the FoIA.

I would like to take this opportunity to apologise for the delay you have
experienced and for any inconvenience caused by our failure to process
your request correctly.  I hope to reassure you that the MPS takes
compliance with the FoIA very seriously and is working hard to promote
good practice in regard to the processing of requests.

Review decision in respect of ORIGINAL request  for information

Section 1(1) of FoIA states any person making a request for information to
a public authority is entitled to  (a) to be informed in writing whether
it holds information of the description specified in the request , and (b)
if that is the case, to have that information communicated to them. In
this regard the review takes note of your original request which seeks
information ‘if the Metropolitan Police Service is involved in any joint
agency operations which include surveillance?’   In this respect the
review gives attention to the original MPS refusal notice which states
‘The MPS has more than 32 Borough/Operational Command Units (B/OCUs).
 Police officers of various ranks are able to perform surveillance on
subjects, for any number of reasons.’

Aggregation of requests

The review is satisfied that the secondary legislation relevant in this
case is Section 5 The Freedom of Information and Data Protection
(Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004 which states ‘two or more
requests for information made to a public authority (a) by one person …
can be aggregated when estimating the cost of compliance’. Further details
of this Regulation can be found by way of this link:
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2004/...

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) guidance states ‘Regulation
5(2) of the Fees Regulations require that the requests which are to be
aggregated relate “to any extent” to the same or similar information.  A
public authority needs to consider each case on its own facts but requests
are likely to relate to the same or similar information where, for
example, the requestor has expressly linked the requests , or where there
is an overarching theme or common thread running between the requests in
terms of the nature of the information that has been requested.’

The ICO therefore clarifies that a public authority should ensure that
each request can be aggregated in accordance with the conditions laid out
in the fees regulations.  All of your three questions relate to the same
overarching theme of joint agency operations and therefore the review is
satisfied the whole request can be aggregated for the purpose of cost
threshold.  

The ICO guidance in respect of the use of Section 12 suggests that if one
portion of the whole request exceeds cost (for example, one question out
of three), then the entire request does and following this it is incumbent
upon the Public Authority to engage with the applicant in order to bring
the request within cost. This is supported by ICO Decision Notice
FS50194062 (paragraph 24) where the ICO was of the opinion that ‘where the
appropriate limit is exceeded the public authority should advise the
applicant what information could be provided within the cost limit. In
this way the applicant has the chance to choose what element of the
request he wants to focus on.’  The decision notice can be found by way of
this link:
http://www.ico.gov.uk/upload/documents/d...

In this regard the review gives attention to the advice provided to you in
the original MPS response, namely ‘Under Section 16 of the Act (duty to
assist), an authority is required to offer an applicant the opportunity to
redefine their request within the cost limit. Unfortunately due to the
rationale noted above, I am unable to suggest any practical way in which
your request may be modified in order to bring it within the 18 hours
stipulated by the Regulations.’

Cost of compliance

The review takes account of your comment "I am dissatisfied because I
believe it unlikely that there would not be some aggregated record of
surveillance within areas and/or at a wider level which could be accessed
simply.’ The review also takes note of the MPS response to you which
states ‘To establish if the information you require is held by the MPS can
not be achieved within the time provided by the Freedom of Information Act
2000 (the Act) as to do so will require the searching of many of the MPS's
electronic systems, and paper based files located in all the B/OCUs.’

Section 12(2) subsection (1) does not exempt a public authority from its
obligation to comply with paragraph (a) of section 1(1) unless the
estimated cost of complying with that paragraph alone would exceed the
appropriate limit.  Further details of the FoIA can be found by way of
this link: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000...

The ICO further advises on using the Fees regulations  ‘Section 12 makes
it clear that a public authority does not have to make a precise
calculation of the costs of complying with a request.  Only an estimate is
required ... what amounts to a reasonable estimate can only be considered
on a case by case basis.'  The ICO also advises 'where a reasonable
estimate has been made that the appropriate limit would be exceeded, there
is no requirement for a public authority to undertake work up to the
limit.’  

As mentioned in the original response ‘Police officers of various ranks
are able to perform surveillance on subjects, for any number of reasons.’
Therefore, in order to establish if information is held, locate and
extract the information will require a member of police staff contacting
over 45 Borough and Operational Command Units (B/OCU) within the MPS.
 Within each of the B/OCU further contact would have to made with
thousands of officers and staff.  Once this enquiry had established
whether B/OCUs held this information on ‘joint agency operations’
additional work would then need to be undertaken to collate and extract
the relevant information surrounding the number ‘of staff committed’
(question 2) and the total number of people who are the target of these
operations’ (question 3).  

To provide you with a reasonable estimation even if the initial search for
question 1 took just 1 minute, this would equate to over 33 hours for
every 2000 officers who would need to be contacted. With over 32,000
police officers within the MPS, it is clear this aspect of your request
will exceed the appropriate 18 hour limit set out under the FoIA
legislation. This estimation does not include the time for the remainder
of your request for questions 2 and 3.

Section 16 Advice and Assistance

Section 16 provides an obligation for a public authority to provide advice
and assistance to a person making a request, so far as it would be
reasonable to do so. In ICO Decision Notice FS50194062 it states ‘ …if a
public authority provides an indication of what, if any, information could
be provided within the costs limit it will have complied with the
requirements of the Code of Practice and therefore section 16(1) of the
Act.’

In this respect the review takes note of the advice provided to you in the
initial MPS response, namely ‘Under Section 16 of the Act (duty to
assist), an authority is required to offer an applicant the opportunity to
redefine their request within the cost limit. Unfortunately due to the
rationale noted above, I am unable to suggest any practical way in which
your request may be modified in order to bring it within the 18 hours
stipulated by the Regulations.’  

The review is unable to advise further how you might narrow your request
in this case. Finally should you narrow your request to a point within the
18 hour threshold this could then be considered ‘sensitive’ personal
information under the Data Protection Act 1998 and consequently may not be
suitable for release by way of a FoIA disclosure.

Conclusion

I hope the explanation provided clarifies why on this occasion the MPS has
subsequently engaged12 (2) FoIA - where the cost of compliance with your
request exceeds the appropriate limit of 18 hours.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Your attention is drawn to the attached sheet which details your right of
complaint.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
contact Mike Lyng on 0207 161 3605 or write quoting the reference number
above.

Yours sincerely

Mike Lyng
FoIA Quality and Assurance Advisor

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
Public Access Office
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.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.
 Alternatively, phone or write to:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone:  01625 545 700

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legal liabilities, you must not distribute or copy the information in this
email without the permission of the sender. MPS communication systems are
monitored to the extent permitted by law.  Consequently, any email and/or
attachments may be read by monitoring staff. Only specified personnel are
authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
reached with other employees or agents.  The security of this email and
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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Donnie Mackenzie

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2013030002437

Dear Mike Lyng,

Thank you for the Internal Review response.

Within it you mentioned that the information was being refused on the grounds that it exceeded the cost limit as it would entail contacting thousands of officers.

You mentioned that officers of multiple different levels in the hierarchy can initiate surveillance.

You added that points made by you could be discussed through contacting the case officer.

I seek clarification on two things.

Can you tell me how many different levels of officer can initiate surveillance?

Can you confirm that these all have the power to initiate involvement in a Joint Agency Operation?

Thanks again.

Yours faithfully,

Donnie Mackenzie

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Mackenzie

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2013050002903
I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 27/05/2013.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

Q1 - Can you tell me how many different levels of officer can initiate
 surveillance?    
Q2 - Can you confirm that these all have the power to initiate
 involvement in a Joint Agency Operation?

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, subject to
the information not being exempt or containing a reference to a third
party.  In some circumstances the MPS may be unable to achieve this
deadline.  If this is likely you will be informed and given a revised
time-scale at the earliest opportunity.

Some requests may also require either full or partial transference to
another public authority in order to answer your query in the fullest
possible way. Again, you will be informed if this is the case.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Your attention is drawn to the attached sheet, which details your right of
complaint.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please email
or contact me on telephone number 020 7230 2003 quoting the reference
number above.

Yours sincerely

Andrew Beaumont
SC&O 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
Public Access Office
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.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.
 Alternatively, phone or write to:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone:  01625 545 700

Total Policing is the Met's commitment to be on the streets and in your
communities to catch offenders, prevent crime and support victims. We are
here for London, working with you to make our capital safer.

 

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absolutely necessary.

NOTICE - This email and any attachments may be confidential, subject to
copyright and/or legal privilege and are intended solely for the use of
the intended recipient. If you have received this email in error, please
notify the sender and delete it from your system.  To avoid incurring
legal liabilities, you must not distribute or copy the information in this
email without the permission of the sender. MPS communication systems are
monitored to the extent permitted by law.  Consequently, any email and/or
attachments may be read by monitoring staff. Only specified personnel are
authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
reached with other employees or agents.  The security of this email and
any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned
but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

 

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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Mackenzie

Freedom of Information Request Reference No:  2013050002903

I respond in connection with your request for information which was
received by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 27/05/2013.  I note
you seek access to the following information:

Q1 - Can you tell me how many different levels of officer can initiate
 surveillance?    
Q2 - Can you confirm that these all have the power to initiate
 involvement in a Joint Agency Operation?

EXTENT OF SEARCHES TO LOCATE INFORMATION

To locate the information relevant to your request searches were conducted
within Specialist Crime and Operations - Surveillance Command.

DECISION

At Question 1 you asked:  Can you tell me how many different levels of
officer can initiate  surveillance?

The MPS response is:  Officers of the rank of Superintendent and above can
authorise surveillance.

At Question 2 you asked:  Can you confirm that these all have the power to
initiate  involvement in a Joint Agency Operation?

The MPS response is:  Joint agency interoperablility is a nationally
available option and can be considered by Senior Investigating Officers on
a case by case basis.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Your attention is drawn to the attached sheet which details your right of
complaint.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please email
or contact me on telephone number 020 7230 2003 quoting the reference
number above.

Yours sincerely

Andrew Beaumont
SC&O Information Manager
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
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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
Public Access Office
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.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.
 Alternatively, phone or write to:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone:  01625 545 700

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