North Yorkshire Police Civil Action Against Citizen Journalists

Angela Snodgrove made this Freedom of Information request to North Yorkshire Police

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Angela Snodgrove

Dear North Yorkshire Police,

With reference to a previous Freedom of Information request, outlined here:
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c..., I refer to my question and your answer given here again below:

"Question 2 – who prepared the cost breakdown

The breakdown was prepared by Joint Corporate Legal Services on information submitted by the different departments involved. "

(1) Will you please advise the date on which date the final compilation of estimated costs was completed by Joint Corporate Legal Services and submitted to the Chief Constable and/or the Police Commissioner for consideration/approval/information, whichever the case may be.

(2) Will you please give me sight of that document, and advise the name and position of the signing authority that approved the final document, or wrote the covering memo, as the case may be.

(3) Please advise how many different departments were involved in the submission of the “best estimate” expenses, and which departments submitted the information.

(4) Please advise the dates on which the project to compile these costs from the different departments was (a) commenced, and (b) completed.

(5) Please advise who made the recommendation to commence the project to compile costs, who approved the decision, and the date of the approval to commenced the project.

(6) May I please have sight of any memorandum or document with regard to (4) and (5) above?

(7) Please advise how many different police personnel were involved in the expenditure of officer time ("Police officer time from December 2011 to September 2014; 94.6 months - £386,347 "), and what their formal positions were at the time.

(8) Please advise each type of process , work or task undertaken by each officer in relation to your response here, "Police officer time from December 2011 to September 2014; 94.6 months - £386,347 ". For example, "visiting the accused and issuing warnings", or "writing to the accused", or "meeting with complainants and taking statements", or “surveillance of accused”.

(9) How many visits were made to the accused to speak with them about complaints/harassment allegations prior to the commencement of civil action? What were the dates of the visits?

(10) How many written warnings and/or communications were issued to the accused prior to the commencement of civil action? What dates were these communications sent?

(11) On what dates were arrest warrants issued and served, or attempted, and criminal charges laid or attempted against the accused, and against whom specifically?

(12) How many telephone calls were made to the accused regarding harassment allegations prior to the commencement of civil action?

(13) What portion of the "Police officer time from December 2011 to September 2014; 94.6 months - £386,347 " was spent writing to the accused for any reason whatsoever in relation to harassment allegations, criminal or civil, prior to the commencement of the current civil action, and what was the objective of the written communication?

(14) What portion of the “Legal services work from October 2010 to June 2014; 243.1 hours - £7,424.73” was spent writing to the accused for any reason whatsoever in relation to harassment, and what was the objective of the written communication?

(15) With reference to " Chief constable Dave Jones is one of nine applicants going to court to get an injunction against three men the force says are waging “a campaign of personal harassment” that has cost the public purse more than £400,000.http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/main... will you please name the other eight applicants. Please indicate which and/or how many of these applicants is currently serving with North Yorkshire Police, the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office, or the North Yorkshire Police Authority.

(16) Please indicate which, and/or how many, of these applicants is not currently employed by any of the above agencies?

(17) Please indicate which, and/or how many, of these applicants never were, at any time, employed by any of the above agencies.

(18) On what dates were actions taken by police officers or the Chief Constable to stop the alleged harassment under Section 2 of Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004, Section 1 Malicious Communications Act, 1988, or any other appropriate criminal legislation. Please include details of police and/or legal department actions taken to stop the alleged harassment on those dates, including warning the alleged offenders, and/or any charges that were laid, or warrants issued.

(19) Will you please give me the date on which a decision was made to commence civil action, name the decision maker, and give me sight of any documentation which refers this decision.

(20) How much of the (a) "Police officer time from December 2011 to September 2014; 94.6 months - £386,347 ", (b) Legal services work from October 2010 to June 2014; 243.1 hours - £7,424.73, and (c) Chief Officer time; 259.08 - £9,308.85 was incurred in direct contact with applicants who are not currently employed either by North Yorkshire Police, the Police and Crime Commissioners Office, or North Yorkshire Police Authority, either in person, by phone, or by written communications.

(21) How much of the (a) "Police officer time from December 2011 to September 2014; 94.6 months - £386,347 ", (b) Legal services work from October 2010 to June 2014; 243.1 hours - £7,424.73 (c) Chief Officer time; 259.08 - £9,308.85 was incurred
in research of law, investigation of allegations, background investigation in connection with applicants who are NOT currently employed either by North Yorkshire Police, the Police and Crime Commissioners Office, or North Yorkshire Police Authority.

(22) How much costs have been incurred between June 2014 and the date of this Freedom of Information request with regard to this civil action. Please break these costs down by (a) police officer time (b) legal services (c) Chief Constable’s time (d) other.

(22) What is North Yorkshire Police’s best estimate of the (a) legal costs (b) officer and Chief Constable, and (c) court costs that would be likely to result from criminal charges being laid, as opposed to civil action, and who made this comparison before making the decision to take civil action?

(23) (a) On what date was this comparison/evaluation made?

(b) May I please have sight of the evaluation document?

(24) (a) With regard to the current civil action, what are the costs incurred, from the decision to take civil action to date, of legal services provided by North Yorkshire Police legal personnel and staff (including liaising, interviewing, and communicating) with respect to applicants/plaintiffs included in the action who are not currently employed by North Yorkshire Police, the Police and Crime Commissioners Office, or North Yorkshire Police Authority, and

(b) those who never were employed by North Yorkshire Police, the Police and Crime Commissioners Office, or North Yorkshire Police Authority at the time of the alleged harassment incidents?

(25) How many external legal firms are engaged for the purpose of civil action to be taken against the three named persons in the allegations of harassment, what is the cost to date, and what portion is to be financed by any private citizens involved as applicants/plaintiffs in this action?

(26) Please name the legal firms engaged for this purpose.

(27) How many Freedom of Information requests, in total, have been received by North Yorkshire Police in relation to the civil action and/or the newspaper articles, such as this one? http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/11807294...

(28) How many FOI responses have been completed in this respect?

Yours faithfully,

Angela Snodgrove

Civil Disclosure,

Classification: PROTECT

Good afternoon,

I write in connection with your request for information which was received by North Yorkshire Police on 18 May 2015, as detailed below.

Your request will now be considered in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act).

Should you have any queries concerning this matter, please write quoting the reference number above.

Best regards,

Amie McNairn
Collar Number 4559
Information Assistant
Information Management
North Yorkshire Police
 
Committed to the Code of Ethics
 
Dial 101, press option 2 and ask for me by my full name or collar number. If using my collar number please state each number individually.
 
Web: www.northyorkshire.police.co.uk
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Angela Snodgrove

Dear North Yorkshire Police,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of North Yorkshire Police's handling of my FOI request 'North Yorkshire Police Civil Action Against Citizen Journalists'.

[ North Yorkshire has failed to meet the legal requirements of the Freedom of Information Act. The response is late.]

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

Yours faithfully,

Angela Snodgrove

Angela Snodgrove

Dear Civil Disclosure,

Please acknowledge my request for an internal review.

Yours sincerely,

Angela Snodgrove

Williams, Caroline,

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Dear Ms Snodgrove,

 

Please find attached a reply to your Freedom of Information request
159.2015-16.

 

Sent on behalf of Emma Morris.

 

Kind regards

 

Caroline Williams

Legal Officer (Civil Dislcosure)

Collar Number 5982

Joint Corporate Legal Services

North Yorkshire Police

 

Committed to the Code of Ethics

 

Dial 101, press option 2 and ask for me by my full name or collar number. 
If using my collar number, please state each number individually.

 

159.2015-16 Response.pdf
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Cathy Fox left an annotation ()

Ask under S 16 how they can help you achieve getting the information you require. They will use that exemption every time someone asks many questions. They could have done this much earlier and of course people will judge them upon their delay in doing so.

Angela Snodgrove

Dear North Yorkshire Police,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of North Yorkshire Police's handling of my FOI request 'North Yorkshire Police Civil Action Against Citizen Journalists' and their obstructive internal review and lawyer's response.

[No attempt whatsoever has been made to supply the least bit of information, and meet the requirements of S16. It is interesting to note that it took a lawyer to deny the information, so questions need to be asked about why they felt the need to involve their lawyer. Please meet the FOI request as best you can within budget.

Thank you for informing me that the case allegedly goes back seven years.

If you do not intend to assist under S16, please advise. ]

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

Yours faithfully,

Angela Snodgrove

Angela Snodgrove

Dear North Yorkshire Police,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of North Yorkshire Police's handling of my FOI request 'North Yorkshire Police Civil Action Against Citizen Journalists'.

[ PLEASE ACKNOWLEDGE MY REQUEST OF JUNE 30 FOR AN INTERNAL REVIEW]

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

Yours faithfully,

Angela Snodgrove

Bradley, Sarah Jane,

Classification: PROTECT

Dear Angela Snodgrove,

I write in connection with your request for information which was received by North Yorkshire Police on 01/07/2015, as detailed below.
I am writing to request an internal review of North Yorkshire Police's handling of my FOI request 'North Yorkshire Police Civil Action Against Citizen Journalists'.

[ PLEASE ACKNOWLEDGE MY REQUEST OF JUNE 30 FOR AN INTERNAL REVIEW]

Please accept our apologies for not confirming your request.
Should you have any queries concerning this matter, please write quoting the reference number 159.2015-16.
Yours sincerely

Sarah J Bradley
Collar Number 6095
Admin Assistant-Civil Disclosure Unit
Joint Corporate Legal Services
North Yorkshire Police

Committed to the code of ethics

Dial 101, press option 2 and ask for me by full name or collar number, if using my collar number please state each number individually.

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Angela Snodgrove

Dear Bradley, Sarah Jane,
159.2015-16

Please confirm that you will be conducting an internal review. You have not confirmed this.

Yours sincerely,

Angela Snodgrove

Bradley, Sarah Jane,

Classification: PROTECT

Dear Angela Snodgrove.
Good Morning

Your request has been received and logged and will be dealt with in due course.
The reference number for your request is 159.2015-16.

Again we apologise for any confusion caused.

Your sincerely,

Sarah J Bradley
Collar Number 6095
Admin Assistant-Civil Disclosure Unit
Joint Corporate Legal Services
North Yorkshire Police

Committed to the code of ethics

Dial 101, press option 2 and ask for me by full name or collar number, if using my collar number please state each number individually.

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Dear Bradley, Sarah Jane,

Will you please update me on the status of this internal review?

Yours sincerely,

Angela Snodgrove

Angela Snodgrove left an annotation ()

Dear Bradley, Sarah Jane,

Please have the courtesy to reply to my communication of August 14.

Yours sincerely,

Angela Snodgrove

Dear Bradley, Sarah Jane,

Please have the courtesy to acknowledge my communications of August 14 and September 5, 2014.

Yours sincerely,

Angela Snodgrove

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Dear Bradley, Sarah Jane,

Do you have something to hide?

Yours sincerely,

Angela Snodgrove

Civil Disclosure,

Classification: PROTECT

Dear Ms Snodgrove,

In reference to your email below, which you sent to my colleague, I can confirm that your FOI request dated 14th August 2015 is being dealt with and that your internal review dated the 15 September 2015 has been logged and is also being reviewed.

Kind regards

Caroline Williams
Legal Officer (Civil Dislcosure)
Collar Number 5982
Joint Corporate Legal Services
North Yorkshire Police

Committed to the Code of Ethics

Dial 101, press option 2 and ask for me by my full name or collar number. If using my collar number, please state each number individually.

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Dear Civil Disclosure,

Are you nuts? My request was May and the request for the internal review was JUNE.

Please get up to speed and send me a new response. You are breaking the law now.

Yours sincerely,

Angela Snodgrove

Angela Snodgrove left an annotation ()

This police force must have something to hide. They even break FOI law.

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Angela Snodgrove left an annotation ()

Dear Civil Disclosure,

My request was in MAY and the request for the internal
review was in JUNE.

Please get up to speed and send me a new response. You are breaking
the law now.

Having looked at all the FOI requests that North Yorkshire Police ignores or fails to respond to within the time frame required by law, it would seem to me that North Yorkshire Police deliberately break the law and flaunt their disobedience in the face of the public.

Can you tell me if it is a policy with North Yorkshire Police to break the law, because it looks to many as if there is some kind of policy to follow corrupt paths.

No wonder there are so many people accusing North Yorkshire Police of corruption. I can see why.

Yours sincerely,

Angela Snodgrove

Dear Civil Disclosure,

Please read and acknowledge my communication of October 3, 2015.

Yours sincerely,

Angela Snodgrove

Civil Disclosure,

Classification: PROTECT

Dear Ms Snodgrove,

Thank you for your email below, which was received by North Yorkshire Police and logged in reference to your request.

Kind regards

Caroline Williams
Legal Officer (Civil Dislcosure)
Collar Number 5982
Joint Corporate Legal Services
North Yorkshire Police

Committed to the Code of Ethics

Dial 101, press option 2 and ask for me by my full name or collar number. If using my collar number, please state each number individually.

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Dear Civil Disclosure,

I asked for an internal review of June 17, 2015. WHERE IS IT?

Yours sincerely,

Angela Snodgrove

Angela Snodgrove left an annotation ()

referred to Information Commissioner

Angela Snodgrove left an annotation ()

Information Commissioner's Case Reference Number FS50604603

Angela Snodgrove left an annotation ()

North Yorks failed to respond to instructions from Information Commissioner. November 28, 2015: sent follow up to Information Commissioner.

Williams, Caroline,

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Dear Ms Snodgrove,

 

Please find attached a reply to your Freedom of Information Internal
Review for 159.2015-16.

 

Kind regards

 

Caroline Williams

Legal Officer (Civil Dislcosure)

Collar Number 5982

Joint Corporate Legal Services

North Yorkshire Police

 

Committed to the Code of Ethics

 

Dial 101, press option 2 and ask for me by my full name or collar number. 
If using my collar number, please state each number individually.

 

159.2015-16 Internal Review Response.pdf
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Dear Williams, Caroline,

For the avoidance of doubt, and because North Yorkshire Police has failed to respond to ALL of my FOI requests, many of which are quite different from the questions asked in this FOI request, will you please have the courtesy to respond to each of my approximately 27 requests individually, and not take the opportunity to muddy the waters in this respect.

The mechanism for responding to these requests is quite clear. Please use this website to respond to each one of them in turn and individually.

I have, in each case, made a complaint to the Information Commissioner, as you know, and my complaints will stand until you have the courtesy to take each request, one by one, and respond to it on this website.

Thank you very much for your cooperation in this matter.

Yours sincerely,

Angela Snodgrove

Dear Williams, Caroline,

Please respond to my correspondence of January 8, 2016.

Yours sincerely,

Angela Snodgrove

Williams, Caroline, North Yorkshire Police

Thank you for your email. Unfortunately I am out of the office until Tuesday 19 January 2016. I will therefore pick up any e-mails on my return. However, if you require an urgent response please contact the Civil Disclosure Unit, or email [email address]

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