Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

I am making this request under the Freedom of Information Act regarding Operation Elter, the investigation into the activities of the National Public Order Intelligence Act. Can you please let me know the following details:

1. Is Operation Elter a subsidiary of Operation Herne or independent of it? If it is independent, please let me know who has oversight of the Operation.

2. Since its founding, how much has Operation Elter cost annually, and who is providing these funds?

3. What are the terms of reference for Operation Elter, and will it conduct criminal investigations if such matters are uncovered?

Yours faithfully,

Peter Salmon

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Salmon

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2017080000210

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 05/08/2017.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

* I am making this request under the Freedom of Information Act
regarding Operation Elter, the investigation into the activities of
the National Public Order Intelligence Act. Can you please let me know
the following details: 1. Is Operation Elter a subsidiary of Operation
Herne or independent of it? If it is independent, please let me know
who has oversight of the Operation. 2. Since its founding, how much
has Operation Elter cost annually, and who is providing these funds?
3. What are the terms of reference for Operation Elter, and will it
conduct criminal investigations if such matters are uncovered?

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Dear Mr Salmon

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2017080000210

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 05/08/2017.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

1. Is Operation Elter a subsidiary of Operation Herne or independent of
it? If it is independent, please let me know who has oversight of the
Operation.
2. Since its founding, how much has Operation Elter cost annually, and who
is providing these funds?
3. What are the terms of reference for Operation Elter, and will it
conduct criminal investigations if such matters are uncovered?

DECISION

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

Question 1

Operation Elter is independent of Operation Herne and is led by the
National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC). It was led by Chief Constable Mick
Creedon (Derbyshire Constabulary) until 31st May 2017, when the role was
assumed by Chief Constable Andy Cooke (Merseyside Police).

Question 2

Operation Elter commenced under NPCC leadership in September 2016. It has
been funded since September by the police forces of England and Wales. The
current cost per annum is £3.2 million.

Question 3

Please find attached the terms of reference for Operation Elter.

Where criminal and/or misconduct matters are discovered, Operation Elter
will notify the relevant appropriate authority (e.g. police force) for the
individuals involved, and will undertake those investigations on behalf of
the appropriate authority where requested.

Advice and assistance

Please note that the attached terms of reference for Operation Elter
refers to earlier terms of reference agreed on 12/10/2015. This relates to
updated terms of reference for Operation Herne that can be viewed via the
link below:

https://www.ucpi.org.uk/wp-content/uploa...

Yours sincerely

Brian Wilson
Information Law Advisor

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, 10 Lambs Conduit Street, London, WC1N 3NR.
 
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 to discuss the
response with the case officer who dealt with your request.  

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
Information Rights Unit
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 an application to the Information
Commissioner please visit their website at www.ico.org.uk.  Alternatively,
write to or phone:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone: 0303 123 1113

Total Policing is the Met's commitment to be on the streets and in your
communities to catch offenders, prevent crime and support victims. We are
here for London, working with you to make our capital safer.

 

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absolutely necessary.

NOTICE - This email and any attachments may be confidential, subject to
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the intended recipient. If you have received this email in error, please
notify the sender and delete it from your system.  To avoid incurring
legal liabilities, you must not distribute or copy the information in this
email without the permission of the sender. MPS communication systems are
monitored to the extent permitted by law.  Consequently, any email and/or
attachments may be read by monitoring staff. Only specified personnel are
authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
reached with other employees or agents.  The security of this email and
any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned
but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

 

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