Dear Sir or Madam,

I would like to request the following information.

1. How many Metropolitan Police officers have been charged with any criminal offence in the following years 2006, 2007, 2008

2. How many Metropolitan Police officers have stood trial for any criminal offence in the following years 2006, 2007, 2008

3. How many Metropolitan Police officers have been convicted for any criminal offence in the following years 2006, 2007, 2008

4. How many Metropolitan Police officers have been dismissed following conviction for any criminal offence in the following years 2006, 2007, 2008

5. How many complaints against Metropolitan Police officers have resulted in criminal charges being made against the officer(s) concerned for the following years 2006, 2007, 2008

Yours faithfully,

Mr Andrews

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Andrews,

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2009030007642
I write in connection with your request for information which was
received by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 24 March 2009. I
note you seek access to the following information:

"1. How many Metropolitan Police officers have been charged with any
criminal offence in the following years 2006, 2007, 2008 2. How many
Metropolitan Police officers have stood trial for any criminal offence in
the following years 2006, 2007, 2008
3. How many Metropolitan Police officers have been convicted for any
criminal offence in the following years 2006, 2007, 2008 4. How many
Metropolitan Police officers have been dismissed following conviction for
any criminal offence in the following years 2006, 2007, 2008
5. How many complaints against Metropolitan Police officers have resulted
in criminal charges being made against the officer(s) concerned for
the following years 2006, 2007, 2008 ."

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 KSimmons via the e-mail address at the top of this letter,
quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

KSimmons
Policy and Support Officer
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 and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Public Access Office
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 40 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
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone: 01625 545 700

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Dear Sir or Madam,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)'s handling of my FOI request 'Officers facing criminal charges'.

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

This matter has not been responded to within the statutory time period.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Andrews

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Andrews

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2009040005778

I write in connection with your letter dated 24 April 2009 requesting that
the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) review its response to your request
for information relating to:

* FoI original case number: 2009030007642.

The review will be conducted in accordance to the MPS's complaints
procedure. The MPS endeavour to respond to your complaint by 23 June 2009.

Should you have any further inquiries concerning this matter, please
contact me quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

S. Pallen
Freedom of Information Policy, Research, Review Officer

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 and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Public Access Office
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 40 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
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone: 01625 545 700

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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

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Dear Mr Andrews,

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2009030007642
I write in response to your request for information which was received by
the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 24 March 2009. I apologise for
the delay in responding to your request and any inconvenience caused. I
note that you seek access to the following information:
1. How many Metropolitan Police officers have been charged with any
criminal offence in the following years 2006, 2007, 2008.

2. How many Metropolitan Police officers have stood trial for any criminal
offence in the following years 2006, 2007, 2008.
3. How many Metropolitan Police officers have been convicted for any
criminal offence in the following years 2006, 2007, 2008.

4. How many Metropolitan Police officers have been dismissed following
conviction for any criminal offence in the following years 2006, 2007,
2008.
5. How many complaints against Metropolitan Police officers have resulted
in criminal charges being made against the officer(s) concerned for the
following years 2006, 2007, 2008.

Following receipt of your request searches were conducted within the MPS
to locate information relevant to your request. I can confirm that the
information requested is held by the MPS.

DECISION

I have disclosed the located information to you in part.
Please note that a 'criminal offence' is defined as anything which is
prohibited by law (be that statute or common law) and for which the
offender may receive a sanction or punishment. This would include minor
matters such as traffic offences and other misdemeanours. A conviction is
where someone has appeared at court and has either been found guilty or
pleaded guilty. There are of course other disposals such as cautions,
reprimands, formal warnings and Penalty Notices (PND). Whilst these are
'recorded' and therefore may fall within the definition of 'criminal
records' they are not convictions.

In respect of your request for:

1. How many Metropolitan Police officers have been charged with any
criminal offence in the following years 2006, 2007, 2008.

The MPS is unable to provide accurate data from the MPS complaints,
conduct and discipline system upon the number of officers charged with a
criminal offence. In order to accurately answer your question, a member of
staff would have to retrieve each case file where an officer has been
arrested for the years 2006, 2007 and 2008 to determine whether an officer
has been charged with an offence. I have estimated that the time required
to collate this information in order to provide an accurate answer to your
request, would exceed the appropriate limit. The appropriate limit has
been specified by the Freedom of Information and Data Protection
(Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004 as **450.00. This represents
the estimated cost of one person spending 18 hours (at a rate of **25 per
hour) locating, retrieving and extracting the information. Under Section
12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, a public authority is not
obliged to comply with a request for information if the authority
estimates that the cost of complying with that request would exceed the
appropriate limit. I regret, therefore, that I am unable to provide you
with this information

Please find the internet link to the Freedom of Information and Data
Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004.

Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees)
Regulations 2004.
http://www.opsi.gov.uk/SI/si2004/2004324...

2. How many Metropolitan Police officers have stood trial for any criminal
offence in the following years 2006, 2007, 2008.
A total of 307 police officers have appeared at court for an offence
between 01/01/2006 and 31/12/2008. Table one below provides the charge
results.

Table one: MPS officers that appeared before a court for a criminal
offence between 01/01/2006 and 31/12/2008, broken down by charge result
and year.

Please note that table one could include instances where an officer has
been summoned to appear before a court as well as charged in connection
with a criminal offence.

3. How many Metropolitan Police officers have been convicted for any
criminal offence in the following years 2006, 2007, 2008.

193 police officers were found guilty at court. One officer had their
conviction quashed at appeal. Table two below shows the charge categories
for the 192 officers.

Table two: MPS police officers found guilty at court of a criminal
offence, broken down by charge category and year.

Please note that 'other' includes 1x Racially Aggravated Section 5 of the
Public Order Act, 3x Public Order Act, 2x Firearm related, 2x Drunk &
Disorderly, 1x Non Payment of TV Licence, 2x Perverting the Course of
Justice, 1x Data Protection Act, 2x Fishing related, 1x Drunk in a Sports
Ground.

4. How many Metropolitan Police officers have been dismissed following
conviction for any criminal offence in the following years 2006, 2007,
2008.

4 police officers have been dismissed from the MPS following being found
guilty at court of an offence. 3 officers were dismissed in 2006 and 1
officer was dismissed in 2008.

5. How many complaints against Metropolitan Police officers have resulted
in criminal charges being made against the officer(s) concerned for the
following years 2006, 2007, 2008.

7 of the 307 police officers that have appeared at court were a result of
a Public Complaint. 2 of these 7 officers were found guilty.

Table three: Police Officers that appeared before a court as a result of a
public complaint, broken down by charge result and year.

The MPS treats each incident where a member of staff is convicted of a
criminal offence seriously and will, in each instance, review the
suitability of that member of staff, to continue to serve with the MPS.
Each case is judged upon its merits and where dismissal is deemed not
appropriate, the MPS will determine whether an alternative sanction is
justified. This review is undertaken in accordance with current
legislation and Home Office guidance. Any employee convicted of a criminal
offence is robustly disciplined by the MPS in accordance with these
guidelines.

It is important to recognise that the MPS currently employs in excess of
32,000 police officers. The number of police officers convicted of
criminal offences each year accordingly, represents a very small
percentage of those employed by the MPS. It is also important to note that
the overwhelming majority of criminal convictions were received for
traffic offences. 150 convictions were received for traffic related
offences of which 59 were for speeding and 31 were for drink drive.

Please note that the MPS, as well as all police forces in England and
Wales, follow national standards set by the Home Office regarding both the
recruitment and retention of police officers with criminal convictions.
These standards permit the recruitment and retention of staff with
criminal convictions within very strict criteria.

All MPS employees are expected to behave professionally, ethically and
with the utmost integrity at all times. Any instance where the conduct of
our staff brings the service into disrepute is treated extremely seriously
by the MPS.

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 Damion Baird on telephone number 0207 230 5204 quoting the
reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Damion Baird
Information Manager
Directorate of Professional Standards

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
for the copyright owner's written permission to reproduce any part of the
attached information should be addressed to MPS Directorate of Legal
Services, 1st Floor (Victoria Block), New Scotland Yard, Victoria, London,
SW1H 0BG.
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 and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Public Access Office
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 40 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
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone: 01625 545 700

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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Andrews

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2009040005778

Further to our letter of 29 April 2009, I am now able to provide a full
response to your complaint concerning your overdue FOIA response:

* Original case reference: 2009030007642.

To conduct this Internal Review, I have consulted with the Directorate of
Professional Standards.
I would like to apologise for the fact that you did not receive the
response to your FOI request by the statutory deadline of 24 April 2009. I
also apologise that you did not receive an update on the status of your
case explaining that the MPS would be unable to meet the statutory
deadline, or an estimated date of completion of when the response would be
available. I am aware that you received the final response on 19 May 2009.
In terms of the processing of your request and the MPS failing to respond
within the statutory time frame, there was indeed a breach of the Act.
Section 10 of the Act states that "subject to subsections (2) and (3), a
public authority must comply with section 1(1) promptly and in any event
not later than the twentieth working day following the date of
receipt".Section 17(2)(b) of the Act continues to say that if "the public
authority has not yet reached a decision as to the application of
subsection (1)(b) or (2)(b) of section 2, the notice under subsection (1)
must indicate that no decision as to the application of that provision has
yet been reached and must contain an estimate of the date by which the
authority expects that such a decision will have been reached".I
appreciate that in this instance there was a failure to comply within the
statutory deadline, or to provide you with an estimated date for a full
response. Accordingly I would like to take this opportunity to apologise
for the delays you have experienced and hope to reassure you that the MPS
take compliance with the Act very seriously and are working hard to
promote good practice in regard to the processing of requests. The MPS is
continually striving to ensure statutory deadlines are met and enquiries
are responded to as soon as possible. We are working towards this goal
whilst ensuring the operational policing needs of London are not affected.
To ensure good practice, I have contacted and advised the Department
concerned that applicants should be updated in good time if there is a
possibility their request deadline will not be met for any reason.

As you have now received a final response to your request, the MPS will
take no further action on this case.
I would once again like to apologise for the delay you have experienced in
regards to your Freedom of Information request and hope this will not
deter you from contacting us in the future.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

If you are dissatisfied with this response please read the attached paper
entitled Complaint Rights which explains how to contact the Information
Commissioner with your complaint.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
contact me on 020 7161 3527 or at the address at the top of this letter,
quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Shannon Aldridge
Quality and Assurance Advisor
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 and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Public Access Office
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 40 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
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone: 01625 545 700

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