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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

I would like to know the following:

• How many Special Constables there are in the Met?
• How many of these Special Constables are currently going through Misconduct procedures?
• The Met Police procedure for Officers who get accused of misconduct?
• If a MSC Line Manager makes an allegation of misconduct towards an MSC Officer and that Line Manager then subsequently leaves the MSC Management, does that MSC Officer still have to go through the discipline procedures? The same if the Line Manager retires.

I would also like to know how many arrests MSC Officers have made in CROYDON since March 2011.

Yours faithfully,

[Name Removed]

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear [name removed]

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2012040000441
I write in connection with your request for information  which was
received by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 02/04/2012.  I note
you seek access to the following information:

"Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),  

I would like to know the following:

 How many Special Constables there are in the Met?

 How many of these Special Constables are currently going through
 Misconduct procedures?

The Met Police procedure for Officers who get accused of  misconduct?

 If a MSC Line Manager makes an allegation of misconduct towards an MSC
Officer and that Line Manager then subsequently leaves the  MSC
Management, does that MSC Officer still have to go through the  
discipline procedures? The same if the Line Manager retires.  

I would also like to know how many arrests MSC Officers have made in
CROYDON since March 2011. "

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.

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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear [name removed]

Freedom of Information Request Reference No:  2012040000441

I write in connection with your request for information which was
received by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 02/04/2012.  I note
you seek access to the following information:

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),  I would like to know the
following:        

1)   How many Special Constables there are in the Met?
   
2)   How many of these Special Constables are currently going through
Misconduct procedures?
   
3)   The Met Police procedure for Officers who get accused of misconduct?
   
4)   If a MSC Line Manager makes an allegation of misconduct towards an
MSC Officer and that Line Manager then subsequently       leaves the MSC
Management, does that MSC Officer still have to go through the discipline
procedures?

5)   The same if the Line Manager retires.
       
6)   I would also like to know how many arrests MSC Officers have made in
CROYDON since March 2011.

EXTENT OF SEARCHES TO LOCATE INFORMATION

To locate the information relevant to your request searches were conducted
at The Directorate of Professional Standards, Territorial Police -
Metropolitan Special Constabulary & Volunteers, The Performance Analysis
Unit and Human Resources - Workforce Planning and De

RESULT OF SEARCHES

The searches located records relevant to your request.

DECISION

I have today decided to disclose the located information to you in full.

Please find attached information pursuant to your request above.

1)   How many Special Constables there are in the Met?

Current figures to the end of March 2012 show that there are 5752 Specials
within the MPS

2)   How many of these Special Constables are currently going through
Misconduct procedures?

Data Source

Internal complaints and discipline system, "Tribune"

Basis of Selection
All conduct matters where the officer(s) involved is a special and the
case is live, ie:
o        Case status is not finalised and
o        Case status is not pending put away (PEN-PAC). This is where the
investigation has been completed, but the case papers have not been put
away, so the case has not been finalised

Results
59 specials are currently going through misconduct procedures

Note - Some specials are the subject of more than one live case. There are
74 cases involving specials that are currently live.

3)   The Met Police procedure for Officers who get accused of misconduct?

I would like to direct you to the MPS Misconduct Investigation Guide which
contains the Code of Conduct to which all police officers employed by the
MPS are expected to adhere. Further information describing the procedures
to be followed when investigating an allegation of misconduct and the
subsequent disciplinary procedures which may be invoked if necessary can
also be found within this document.  I attach the relevant internet link
below for your convenience.

http://www.met.police.uk/foi/pdfs/other_...
   
4)   If a MSC Line Manager makes an allegation of misconduct towards an
MSC Officer and that Line Manager then subsequently       leaves the MSC
Management, does that MSC Officer still have to go through the discipline
procedures?

Yes

5)   The same if the Line Manager retires.

Yes
       
6)   I would also like to know how many arrests MSC Officers have made in
CROYDON since March 2011.

The total number of arrests completed by Croydon MSC Officers in Feb 12 is
30 and the total for the last 12 months is 391. This is a increase of 111%
compared to the previous 12 months.

+------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| Criminal Justice | Feb 2012 | Current R12 | Disposal % of all |
| Outcomes | | | arrests CR12 |
|---------------------+----------+-------------+-------------------------|
| | | | MSC Regulars |
|---------------------+----------+-------------+-------------------------|
| Cannabis Formal | 0 | 1 | 0.3% 0.2% |
| Warning | | | |
|---------------------+----------+-------------+-------------------------|
| Caution | 0 | 1 | 0.3% 0.2% |
|---------------------+----------+-------------+-------------------------|
| Charge | 3 | 125 | 32.0% 36.4% |
|---------------------+----------+-------------+-------------------------|
| No Disposal As Yet | 6 | 62 | 15.9% 11.9% |
|---------------------+----------+-------------+-------------------------|
| Not Proceeded With | 17 | 162 | 41.4% 45.3% |
|---------------------+----------+-------------+-------------------------|
| Other Disposal | 0 | 7 | 1.8% 2.6% |
|---------------------+----------+-------------+-------------------------|
| PND | 3 | 27 | 6.9% 2.4% |
|---------------------+----------+-------------+-------------------------|
| Summons | 0 | 1 | 0.3% 0.1% |
|---------------------+----------+-------------+-------------------------|
| Youth Caution | 1 | 5 | 1.3% 0.9% |
|---------------------+----------+-------------+-------------------------|
| Total | 30 | 391 | |
|---------------------+----------+-------------+-------------------------|
| Total MPS Arrests | 728 | 8608 | |
|---------------------+----------+-------------+-------------------------|
| Percentage | 4.1% | 4.5% | |
| Contribution | | | |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------+

The MPS currently deploys in excess of 5700 Specials in the Metropolitan
Special Constabulary and its Employer Supported Policing programme. The
number of officers that are disciplined when their conduct is proven to
have fallen below the standards of behaviour expected accordingly, each
year, represents a very small percentage of the total number.

The MPS is committed to delivering a professional service of the highest
standard to the public and expects its employees to conduct themselves
professionally, ethically and with the utmost integrity at all times.  Any
instance where the conduct of our staff brings the MPS into disrepute is
treated extremely seriously by the MPS.

This notice concludes your request for information. I would like to take
this opportunity to thank you for your interest in the MPS.

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Your attention is drawn to the attached sheet which details your right of
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Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please write
or contact Margaret Bunker on telephone number 02071616511 quoting the
reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Margaret Bunker
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
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attached information should be addressed to MPS Directorate of Legal
Services, 1st Floor (Victoria Block), New Scotland Yard, Victoria, London,
SW1H 0BG.
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[Name Removed] (Account suspended)

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Thank you for the information so far, the link you provided does not work, is there another method of viewing the document?

I would also like to know, out of the 59 Specials going through discpline procedures, how many are from Croydon borough and how many cases are investigating the Specials expenses claims.

Yours faithfully,

[Name Removed]

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Good afternoon [name removed],

I apologise in the delay in responding to your email dated 7th May as our
system which holds data and correspondence relating to FOIA requests has
been down.

I will register your further question today as the system is now up and
running and will forward a formal acknowledgement shortly.

With regard to the weblink that I originally supplied to you I have tried
various tactics to gain access to the Misconduct Guide and have not had
any success.  I have been able to find a link on the Internet but it is
not an up to date link.  Consequently I have referred the query to our
Department of Information and am currently awaiting their response.  I
will give you an update as soon as possible.

Kind regards,
Margaret

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Dear [name removed]

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2012050000997
I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 7/05/2012.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

* Of the 59 specials going through discipline procedures, how many are
from Croydon Borough and how many cases are investigating the speicals
expenses claims.

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
write or contact Margaret Bunker on telephone number 02071616511
quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Margaret Bunker
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 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
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Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone:  01625 545 700

Total Policing is the Met's commitment to be on the streets and in your
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