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Only officers facing gross misconduct proceedings named

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Dear Independent Office for Police Conduct,

The Daily Mail has today published a troubling article about a police officer being investigated “after failing to circulate CCTV images of a suspect who went on to kill a woman in an acid attack":

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article...

The article further states that:

“The IOPC said it only names officers facing gross misconduct proceedings.”

1. Please provide the number of officers you investigated in each of the past three financial years who(i) you named; (ii) did not name.

2. Please provide the category heading which captured the nature of the investigation in each case (e.g. misuse of Taser, theft, assault, abusive language, drug-dealing?) and details of the outcomes. Indicate which investigations were for gross misconduct.

Yours faithfully,

J Roberts

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Dear J Roberts

Thank you for your correspondence to the IOPC in which you made a request for information. This request is being considered under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). We will now consult with the relevant department to gather the response to your request.

We propose to respond to you on or before the 30 June 2020 in line with the timescales prescribed by the FOIA.

While we are aiming to complete your request within that timeframe, it is possible that our response will be delayed as a result of our current working arrangements under the COVID-19 outbreak. We will keep you updated should we be unable to respond by the due date.

If you have any questions about this request please contact us. Please remember to quote reference number 1008436 in any future correspondence about this matter.

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Dear J Roberts

We have been consulting with the relevant team to establish the best way to respond to your request. We feel it is pertinent to explain more about the information we hold and may be able to provide in response to your request and to clarify whether you wish to proceed on this basis.

We have a policy regarding the circumstances in which we name officers and the considerations we must take into account before deciding to do so. This is published on our website here: https://www.policeconduct.gov.uk/sites/d...

The policy provides guidance for our usual practice in specified situations. The starting point is that the usual practice should be followed unless there are compelling circumstances to depart from it.

As you may see from the policy, deciding whether or not to name officers involves some level of subjective decision-making and is decided on a case by case basis. Investigations may involve a number of officers, all of which may be subject to different naming decision, depending on the circumstances. There are no automated fields within our systems that contain the decision as to whether or not to name a particular subject officer.

This means that the only way to collate information to answer your first question would be to manually scrutinise case files and cross check them with our press releases to clarify whether a subject officer was named or not. The activities involved in this exercise would be likely to involve significantly more than the cost limit of 18 hours of work prescribed by the FOI and associated regulations, with the result that we would not be obliged to respond to it.

In relation to your second question, we record factors on our cases so that we can monitor trends and themes. Since case factors are manually selected by operational staff, their application is subjective and discretionary and as such they should not be relied upon to provide definitive data. This means that we can only provide data for illustrative purposes in relation to our case factors. In response to question two we would be able to provide some information on case factors and outcomes of our completed investigations. However given that your second question is linked to your first question, we would like to clarify whether you wish to proceed with the request based on the information we would be able to provide or otherwise wish to reframe your request.

Once you have clarified how you would like to proceed we can progress and fully respond to your request.

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Dear !Request Info,

Thank you for your reply and apologies for my delay in responding.

In response to my first request you wrote:

'This means that the only way to collate information to answer your first question would be to manually scrutinise case files and cross check them with our press releases to clarify whether a subject officer was named or not. The activities involved in this exercise would be likely to involve significantly more than the cost limit of 18 hours of work prescribed by the FOI and associated regulations, with the result that we would not be obliged to respond to it.'

To assist me to reformulate this request, could you please provide me with the total number of officers you investigated in each of the past three financial years? This would allow me to shorten the time frame of my request and possibly avoid section 12 FOIA from becoming engaged.

I wish to reframe my second request to:

Please provide all the information you hold on case factors and outcomes of your completed investigations for each of the past three financial years.

Yours sincerely,

J Roberts

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Dear Mr Roberts

Thank you for your clarification and apologies that we have not acknowledged this before now. We have been consulting with the relevant department regarding your reframed request. Whilst we believe we can provide the information you have now requested, it is still very broad in scope, particularly with reference to part two in which you ask for "all the information you hold on case factors and outcomes of your completed investigations for each of the past three financial years."

As well as the fact that case factors are applied manually by operations staff and are therefore subjective, we should also explain that some investigations may have more than one case factor attributed. We predict that this will result in over 20 tables of information and it is likely that the resulting information will have a number of caveats.

We therefore wanted to ask if you are seeking something in particular, or have an interest in a specific theme as this may allow us to provide more meaningful and focussed information. It may help if you can let us know the reasons you are seeking this information so that we can advise and provide the most helpful response.

Yours sincerely

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Dear !Request Info,

Thank you for your email dated 27 July 2020 and for the information on the number of tables that a response to my request could contain.

In light of the considerable quantity of data involved, I shall restrict the time period of my second request to six months:

'Please provide all the information you hold on case factors and outcomes of your completed investigations for the four months of May, June, July and August of 2019/20.'

Yours sincerely,

J Roberts

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Dear Mr Roberts

Thank you for clarifying your request. We will now progress your request and expect to provide our response on or before 1 September 2020 in line with the timescales prescribed by the FOIA.

Yours sincerely

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Dear J Roberts

Please find attached our response to your request for information.

Yours sincerely

FOI and DPA Team
Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC)
PO Box 473
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Manchester
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Tel: 0300 020 0096
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