Misusing police resources (and position) to harass/stitch-up members of the public

H J Wilson made this Freedom of Information request to Northumbria Police

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Dear Northumbria Police,

1) What measures are in place to prevent officers abusing their position by committing police resources to harass/stitch-up etc., members of the public who have got on the wrong side of officers serving with Northumbria police, for example, by exposing corruption/misconduct?

2) What position of seniority would an officer serving with Northumbria police need to hold for it to be feasible for him/her to be successful in carrying out this kind of abuse?

Yours faithfully,

H J Wilson

Northumbria Police

Dear H J Wilson

Your request below does not appear to ask for specific recorded
information and asks for opinion. It therefore could be classed as not
valid under the Act.

Outside of the Act, I can advise that we have a Professional Standards
Department that can investigate any kind of allegation of misconduct from
members of the public.

More information on this can be found on the Northumbria Police website. I
have attached a link to this below.

http://www.northumbria.police.uk/about_u...

Hopefully this resolves this matter for you, however should you require a
formal response to your submission, please confirm this by reply.

Yours sincerely

Michael Cleugh
Data Protection & Disclosure Advisor

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(and position) to harass/stitch-up members of the public

Dear Northumbria Police,

1) What measures are in place to prevent officers abusing their position
by committing police resources to harass/stitch-up etc., members of the
public who have got on the wrong side of officers serving with Northumbria
police, for example, by exposing corruption/misconduct?

2) What position of seniority would an officer serving with Northumbria
police need to hold for it to be feasible for him/her to be successful in
carrying out this kind of abuse?

Yours faithfully,

H J Wilson

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Dear Northumbria Police,

I am clearly not asking for an opinion.

Please look under the heading "Can a question be a valid request?" at the following link.

https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/gui...

Yours faithfully,

H J Wilson

Northumbria Police

Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA)

Thank you for your email received today in which you make a request for
information that Northumbria Police may hold in accordance with the Freedom
Of Information Act 2000

We are in the process of dealing with your request and a response should be
provided to you by 26/07/17 which is in accordance with the legislation.

Yours sincerely

Jan Mcewan
Information Management Unit

Jt Oakley left an annotation ()

Request is clearly not asking for an opinion.

Request is asking to know the procedures used.

Northumbria Police

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom
of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

Thank you for your e mail dated 26 June 2017 in which you made a request
for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of
access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority
(including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:
1) What measures are in place to prevent officers abusing their position
by committing police resources to harass/stitch-up etc., members of the
public who have got on the wrong side of officers serving with Northumbria
police, for example, by exposing corruption/misconduct?

2) What position of seniority would an officer serving with Northumbria
police need to hold for it to be feasible for him/her to be successful in
carrying out this kind of abuse?

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I
provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the
Professional Standards Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that
the information you have requested is not held by Northumbria Police. We
hold no information that fits the criteria of your request.

Northumbria Police expects the very highest standards of behaviour from its
officers and staff and the vast majority act with the utmost integrity and
professionalism at all times. When behaviour falls below these high
standards, there are robust procedures to investigate and take appropriate
action.
There are also a number of mechanisms in place for the public, police
officers and staff to report concerns they may have.

Additionally you should note that further similar requests from you may be
declared vexatious under Section 14 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000
for abusive/ aggressive language, as the tone and language of the
correspondence goes beyond the level of criticism that a public authority
or its employees should reasonably expect to receive in an FOI request.
Furthermore, you cite unfounded accusations as you make completely
unsubstantiated accusations against the police by indicating that such
actions are routinely taking place and actually form part of official
policy. The request appears to have no obvious intent to obtain information
– owing to the tone of the request, you appear to be using the Act to vent
anger by asking questions tailored in a fashion that encourages the belief
that the police service conducts abusive practises.

Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a
specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication
of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another. Systems
used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures
used locally in capturing the data. For this reason responses between
forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual
property rights of Northumbria Police. Your use of the information must be
strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as
amended) or such other applicable legislation. In particular, you must not
re-use this information for any commercial purpose.

You may be interested to know that Northumbria Police routinely publish
information via the Disclosure Log. The aim of the Disclosure Log is to
promote openness and transparency by voluntarily placing information into
the public arena.

The Disclosure Log contains copies of some of the information that has been
disclosed by Northumbria Police in response to requests made under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Whilst it is not possible to publish all responses we will endeavour to
publish those where we feel that the information disclosed is in the wider
public interest.

The Disclosure Log will be updated once responses have been sent to the
requester.

I have provided the relevant link below.

http://www.northumbria.police.uk/freedom...

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handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue
informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our
complaints procedure, attached below

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If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and
reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information
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whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.

Yours sincerely

Michael Cleugh
Data Protection and Disclosure Advisor
Direct Dial: 0191 2956941

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