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

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

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Dear Humberside 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 Humberside police, for example, by exposing corruption/misconduct?

2) What position of seniority would an officer serving with Humberside 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

Information Compliance, Humberside Police

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Clement, Angela 8587, Humberside Police

Dear H J Wilson

Thank you for your request concerning offices abusing their position to harass stitch up members of public.

Section 8(1)(b) of the FOIA requires that a request for information must include the real name of the requester. If the requester; fails to provide a name; can’t be identified from the name provided (for example because they have only used their first name or initials); or, is using an obvious pseudonym, then the request won’t meet the requirements of section 8(1)(b) and will technically be invalid.

For a request to be valid, the requester must provide enough of their real name to give anyone reading that request a reasonable indication of their identity. This means that if the staff processing the request cannot identify the requester from the name provided, that request will be invalid.

Whilst it is not routine that we would seek identification, we have determined that that on this occasion owing to similarities to previous requests we require your identification to proceed with these requests.

Once in receipt we will deal with your requests, should you need to discuss this further please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Angela Clement| Senior Information Compliance Officer| Humberside Police |
Tel: 01482 340669 (3669) | Email: [email address]

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H J Wilson left an annotation ()

A police force which routinely resorts to citing Section 8(1)(b) to avoid dealing with a request is so obviously up to no good.