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Minutes of Scrutiny Panels and Independent Advisory Groups

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Dear West Yorkshire Police,

Please could you provide the minutes of Scrutiny Panels and IAGs for the past 3 years covering districts / divisions and any that are force wide or department specific.

Yours faithfully,

S. A. Hudson

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Dear S A Hudson

Please could you clarify whether it is the Out of Court Disposal Scrutiny Panels that you are referring to?

You request will be put on hold until we receive a response from you.

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Gemma Burton
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Hello Gemma,

I was thinking Hate Crime Scrutiny Panels, although I believe these diversified recently so not sure what they are formally know as? If Out of Court Disposal Scrutiny Panels could be included please, that would be good.

Yours sincerely,

S. A. Hudson

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Dear S Hudson

 

 

Thank you for your request for information received by West Yorkshire
Police on  16/01/19.

 

You requested the following information:

Please could you provide the minutes of Scrutiny Panels and IAGs for the
past 3 years covering districts / divisions and any that are force wide or
department specific.

 

I was thinking Hate Crime Scrutiny Panels, although I believe these
diversified recently so not sure what they are formally know as? If Out of
Court Disposal Scrutiny Panels could be included please, that would be
good.

 

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Dear Gemma,

Thank you for the update.

Early on in you reply you say the law says you must:
(a) states the fact
b) specifies the exemption in question, and
c) states (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption applies.

Can you expand on the exception you are considering this might come under? You mentioned "Section 30 Investigations" but no further explanation, it's just there it doesn't make clear if this is the exception you are claiming nor state why the exemption applies. It's as though there should possibly be some more with it and that is just a heading.

I assume that would only affect ongoing investigations, I believe scrutiny looks as closed investigations. Happy for anything ongoing to be removed / redacted.

Yours sincerely,

S. A. Hudson

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Dear S Hudson,

The exemption suggested below requires a public interest test to be carried out, therefore additional time has been added to your request. The considerations made during this and all conclusions brought from it will be explained within your formal response. The email below from my colleague is to state that a public interest test is being conducted to ensure you are aware of the extra time your request may take.

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Hello,

You emailed on the 13th of February to say you needed around an additional 20 days. That was 30 days ago, could you please update me on what it happening and when I'm likely to get a response?

Yours sincerely,

S. A. Hudson

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Dear S. A. Hudson,

West Yorkshire Police would like to apologise that we have not met the expected deadline.

I can confirm that the appropriate team member is currently working on your request, unfortunately sometimes the gathering of relevant information from departments can take longer than originally expected.

I am unable to provide an estimation of when a response will be issued, however please be assured your request is actively being processed.

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Emily Dawson
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Dear S Hudson

 

Please see the attached document in relation to your request. Please
accept our apologies for the delay.

 

Kind regards

Gemma Burton

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Information Management

Tel. 01924 296006

 

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