Number of officers based at each south Worcestershire station

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Dear West Mercia Police,
Please tell me each shift how many officers are based at each station in south Worcestershire?

Are there any extra resources on a weekend?

Do you attend to prevent a breach of the peace?

Do you police in a proactive and preventative way?

Yours faithfully,

D Hals

Information Compliance West Mercia, West Mercia Police

 
 
Dear D Hals
 
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 9042
 
I write in connection with your request for information dated 12th
November 2017 which was received on 13th November 2017.
 
Your request will now be considered in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (the Act).  You will receive a response within the
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Miss L MacKinnon
Information Compliance Assistant
Information Compliance Unit
Hindlip
Warwickshire Police & West Mercia Police
 
 
 

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Information Compliance West Mercia, West Mercia Police

 
Dear Sir/Madam
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 9042
I write in connection with your request for information which was received
on 13^th November 2017.  Please find below the response to your request:
1. Please tell me each shift how many officers are based at each station
in south Worcestershire?
REPLY: Please be advised that your request has been considered and I am
not obliged to supply all the information you have requested.
 
Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 requires West Mercia
Police, when refusing to provide such information (because the information
is exempt) to provide the applicant with a notice which:
(a) states that fact,
(b) specifies the exemption in question and
(c) states (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption
applies. 
 
The exemption applicable in this case is
Section 31(1)(a) Law Enforcement
 
Section 31 is a prejudice based qualified exemption and as such there is a
requirement to provide details of the harm as well as the public interest
test.
 
Harm
In considering whether or not this information should be disclosed,
consideration has been given to the potential harm that could be caused by
disclosure. Releasing duty strength relating to specific shifts at
specific locations would give individuals the intelligence required to
disrupt police activity and increase the capability of criminals to
offend. 
To disclose the requested information could go some way to demonstrate
operational capability and lead to stations or locations being targeted. 
Officer numbers are a highly contentious and emotive subject and it is
important that any disclosure under FOI does nothing to endanger members
of the public or our frontline officers.
Criminals would be able to identify which force areas are less resourced
and use this knowledge to their own advantage in furthering criminal
activity.  Disclosure of information which is likely to undermine the
ability of the Police Service to serve the public in preventing and
detecting crime can only be considered as being harmful to the public. 
 
Public Interest Test   
                                               
Section 31 considerations favouring disclosure:
Disclosure may lead to better awareness and add value to the accuracy of
public debate with regard to resources allocated for the prevention and
detection of crime.
 
Section 31 considerations favouring non-disclosure:
Disclosure could provide those intent on breaking the law with advance
knowledge of the numbers and spread of officers at any given time. 
Law enforcement tactics would be compromised and more crime could be
committed. This would have an impact on Police resources and would hinder
the prevention and detection of crime and place members of the public and
officers at risk.
 
Balance Test
Any release under FOI is a release to the world, not just to the
requester, and arguments for disclosure need to be balanced against those
against disclosure.
The most persuasive argument for disclosure is a better public
awareness which may lead to more information, or assistance, being
provided to the force. The most persuasive argument for non-disclosure is
that it will compromise law enforcement tactics, hinder the prevention and
detection of crime and place individuals at risk
There is a very strong public interest in safeguarding the protection of
the public and the effective use of police resources.  Information
released under FOI, where exemptions apply, will only be done where there
is a tangible community benefit which is more powerful than the harm that
can be caused in disclosure. 
Therefore, having weighed all relevant arguments, it is considered that
the public interest lies with non-disclosure of the requested information.
 
In accordance with the Act, this letter represents a Refusal Notice for
this part of the request.
However, in order to assist, please be advised that there is information
already available on the force website regarding local policing teams and
where they are based e.g:
[1]https://www.westmercia.police.uk/article...
 
Please also note that Police Officer duty levels are dynamic and will
change according to operational demand.
 
2. Are there any extra resources on a weekend?
 
REPLY: Yes
 
3. Do you attend to prevent a breach of the peace?
 
REPLY: Please be advised that each case would be judged on its merits but
in general terms Police will attend to prevent a breach of the peace if on
assessment the circumstances dictate the necessity.
 
4. Do you police in a proactive and preventative way?
REPLY: When not responding, Police patrol is directed by intelligence to
concentrate on locations of interest to prevent harm occurring / provide
re-assurance.
 
Every effort has been made to ensure that the response provided is as
accurate as possible
Your attention is drawn to the below which details your right of
complaint.
Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please write
or telephone the Information Compliance Unit quoting the reference number
above.
Yours sincerely
 
Mrs R Williams
Information Compliance Unit
Warwickshire Police & West Mercia Police
PO Box 55
Hindlip
Worcester
WR3 8SP
01905 331545 / 331565
 
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Headquarters, PO Box 55, Hindlip, Worcester, WR3 8SP.
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