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

H J Wilson made this Freedom of Information request to South Yorkshire Police

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Dear South Yorkshire 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 South Yorkshire police, for example, by exposing corruption/misconduct?

2) What position of seniority would an officer serving with South Yorkshire 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

FOI, South Yorkshire Police

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Dear H J Wilson

 

Please find attached our response to your Freedom of Information request.

 

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Louise Holmes

South Yorkshire Police

Information Compliance Unit

Professional Standards Department

Unit 20 Sheffield 35A Business Park

Churchill Way

Sheffield

S35 2PY

 

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Dear South Yorkshire Police,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of South Yorkshire Police's handling of my FOI request 'Misusing police resources (and position) to harass/stitch-up members of the public'.

I have not made unfounded accusations against the force that such activity routinely takes place and actually forms part of official policy or procedure, in fact I have made no accusations that such activity routinely takes place and actually forms part of official policy or procedure.

I asked for the what level of seniority/rank a police officer serving with the force would need to hold to have the authority (if he/she so wished) to delegate subordinate police officers to carry out a regime of unwarranted harassment to an individual against whom the officer holds a grudge. This is not an accusation of any kind.

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

Yours faithfully,

H J Wilson

FOI, South Yorkshire Police

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Dear Mr Wilson

Freedom of Information Internal Review - Reference No: 20171290 (Request 20171169)

Following your email of 20 July, I accept that the contents of the email constitute an appeal following an expression of dissatisfaction following the response that was sent to you on the 11 July 2017. In my position as the Force Information Compliance Officer, I am independent of the original decision making process,

Review of the Original Decision

Your original request was for the following information: -

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 South Yorkshire police, for example, by exposing corruption/misconduct?

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

I have reviewed the response that has been sent and I am satisfied that the original decision is valid. You were provided with links to the Code of Ethics that all police forces are required to follow. In relation to question 2 a response of no information held was given.

In relation to the paragraph that relates to S14(1) of the Freedom of Information Act. This paragraph refers you to S14(1) of the Freedom of Information Act that relates to Vexatious Requests. Due to the wording of your response, which a reasonable person could regard as indicating allegations that officers actively harass/stitch up members of the public, I agree with the decision maker indicating that any future requests of a similar nature may not be responded to under the Freedom of Information Act.

After taking all the above into consideration, your internal review is not upheld.

If you are still dissatisfied with how your request has been handled, you can raise this with the Information Commissioner. Contact details below: -

Information Commissioner’s Office
Water Lane
Wilmslow,
Cheshire, SK9 5AF.
Telephone: 08456 306060 or 01625 545745
Website: www.ico.org.uk

Yours sincerely

Gill Bower-Lissaman
Information Compliance Officer
South Yorkshire Police
Information Compliance Unit
Professional Standards Department
Unit 20 Sheffield 35A Business Park
Churchill Way
Sheffield
S35 2PY

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South Yorkshire Police provides you the right to request a re-examination of your case under its review procedure (copy enclosed). If you decide to request such a review and having followed the Constabulary’s full process you are still dissatisfied, then you have the right to direct your comments to the Information Commissioner who will give it consideration.

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