Operation Plainlake

Neil Wilby made this Freedom of Information request to West Yorkshire Police

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Dear West Yorkshire Police,

Please disclose the following by way of the Freedom of Information Act:

1. Name, rank of Gold Commander.

2. Name, rank of Senior Investigating Officer.

3. Terms of reference.

4. Date of first entry in policy log (policy book).

5. Date of last entry in policy log/book.

6. Budget for the operation.

7. Expenditure on the operation, broken down by years ended 31.3.19; 31.3.18; 31.3.17, 31.3.16, 31.3.15.

Yours faithfully,

Neil Wilby
Investigative journalist

Twitter: @Neil_Wilby
Web: neilwilby.com

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Dear N. Wilby,

Thank you for your request for information which has been logged today.

Your request will now be considered and 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.

If you no longer require the information, please inform us at your earliest convenience.

Kind regards
Emily Dawson
Disclosure Officer
Information Management
Tel. 01924 296006

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Dear Mr Wilby

 

Thank you for your request for information received by West Yorkshire
Police on 15/08/19.

 

You requested the following information:

Operation Plainlake

 

1. Name, rank of Gold Commander.

 

2. Name, rank of Senior Investigating Officer.

 

3. Terms of reference.

 

4. Date of first entry in policy log (policy book).

 

5. Date of last entry in policy log/book.

 

6. Budget for the operation.

 

7. Expenditure on the operation, broken down by years ended 31.3.19;
31.3.18; 31.3.17, 31.3.16, 31.3.15.

 

Section 17 of the Act provides:

(1) A public authority which, in relation to any request for information,
is to any extent relying on a claim that information is exempt information
must, within the time for complying with Section 1(1), give the applicant
a notice which:-

(a) states the fact,

(b) specifies the exemption in question, and

(c) states (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption
applies.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 obliges us to respond to requests
promptly and in any case no later than 20 working days after receiving
your request. We must consider firstly whether we can comply with S1(1)(a)
of the Act, which is our duty to confirm whether or not the information
requested is held and secondly we must comply with S1(1)(b), which is the
provision of such information. However, when a qualified exemption applies
either to the confirmation or denial or the information provision and the
public interest test is engaged, the Act allows the time for response to
be longer than 20 working days, if the balance of such public interest is
undetermined.

In this case, we have not yet reached a decision on where the balance of
the public interest lies in respect of either of the above obligations. We
estimate that it will take an additional 20 working days to take a
decision on where this balance lies.

 

Section 30 – Investigations and Proceedings Conducted by a Public
Authority

I would like to apologise in advance for the delay in responding to your
request. Please be assured that we will endeavour to send a response out
to you as soon as possible.

 

Kind regards

Gemma Burton

Disclosure Officer

Information Management

Tel. 01924 296006

 

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Dear West Yorkshire Police (WYP),

I am writing to request an internal review of West Yorkshire Police's handling of my FOI request 'Operation Plainlake'.

The grounds for complaint are:

1. WYP is in breach of sections 10 and section 17 of the Act. This is now becoming a routine occurence. There is a tendency, it is respectfully submitted, to vex, annoy and harass a journalist, following his vocation, rather than, as the Act requires, treating information requests as applicant blind.

2. It is considered, in all the circumstances, that the withholding of the requested information by WYP is calculated and deliberate. The reliance on a PIT to extend the time for disclosure is, on any independent view, an artifice in an Opeartion that has attracted, and will continue to attract, local, regional and national media coverage.

3. The matters complained of at paras 1. and 2. above may give rise to a further complaint under section 77 of the Act. Matters in this regard are, accordingly, reserved. As are rights to found a civil claim in misfeasance.

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

Yours faithfully,

Neil Wilby
Investigative journalist

Twitter: @Neil_Wilby
Web: neilwilby.com

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Dear N. Wilby,

Thank you for your request for an internal review which has been logged today.

Your request will now be considered and you will receive a response within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act.

If you no longer require the information, please inform us at your earliest convenience.

Kind regards
Emily Dawson
Disclosure Officer
Information Management
Digital Policing
West Yorkshire Police, Admin 4, Laburnum Road, Wakefield WF1 3QS
Telephone: 01924 296006

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Dear N. Wilby,

 

Please see the attached document in relation to your request for an
internal review.

 

Kind regards

Emily Dawson

Disclosure Officer

Information Management

Digital Policing

West Yorkshire Police, Admin 4, Laburnum Road, Wakefield WF1 3QS

Telephone: 01924 296006

 

 

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Good morning,

What you describe in your communication of even date constitutes a serious breach of the College of Policing's Code of Ethics. It also constitutes an offence under section 77 of the Act, about which I will be making a complaint to the Informtion Commissioner's Office later today.

Please provide the name of the officer who is refusing to disclose the information, so that the appropriate complaint can be made to the force's Professional Standards Department.

In the meantime, I invite you to, urgently, draw this matter to the attention of the Deputy Chief Constable, portfolio holder for both information rights and professional standards.

Finally, please also note that all rights of civil remedy, by way of a misfeasance claim, are reserved. You may wish to draw that to the attention of the Head of Legal Services.

Yours sincerely,

Neil Wilby
Investigative journalist

Twitter: @Neil_Wilby
Web: neilwilby.com

Dear Freedom of Information,

May I please have the courtesy of a response to my communication of 14th November, 2019?

Yours sincerely,

Neil Wilby
Investigative journalist

Twitter: @Neil_Wilby
Web: neilwilby.com

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Dear N. Wilby,

I can confirm we are in receipt of your email dated 14th November 2019.

In response to your question raised I can confirm that there is no individual withholding any information, unfortunately your request is just taking longer than anticipated to process, as explained within your internal review response letter.

Kind regards
Emily Dawson
Disclosure Officer
Information Management
Digital Policing
West Yorkshire Police, Admin 4, Laburnum Road, Wakefield WF1 3QS
Telephone: 01924 296006

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Dear Freedom of Information,

This request was made three and a half months ago. It would take the officer in the relevant business area (C/Supt Nick Wallen) and a disclosure officer less than an hour between them to finalise a request that, in all truth, could not be more simple.

There can be no feasible explanation other than the information is being deliberately withheld. It is also part of a recent pattern to go to any lengths to make disclosure under the Act to this particular journalist.

A complaint under section 77 of the Act will be lodged at the Information Commissioner's Office tomorrow.

Yours sincerely,

Neil Wilby
Investigative journalist

Twitter: @Neil_Wilby
Web: neilwilby.com

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Good afternoon

 

Please see the attached document in relation to your request.

 

Please accept our apologies for the delay.

 

 

Kind regards

Gemma Burton

Disclosure Officer

Information Management

Digital Policing

West Yorkshire Police, Admin 4, Laburnum Road, Wakefield WF1 3QS

Telephone: 01924 296006

 

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This email transmission may contain confidential or legally privileged
information and is intended for the addressee(s) only. If you are not the
intended recipient, any disclosure, copying, distribution, retention or
reliance upon the contents of this e-mail and any attachment(s) is
strictly prohibited and may be unlawful. If you have received this in
error, please use the reply function to notify us immediately and
permanently delete the email and any attachment(s) from your computer or
electronic device. West Yorkshire Police reserves the rights to routinely
monitor incoming and outgoing e-mail messages and cannot accept liability
or responsibility for any errors or omissions in the content and, as
internet communications should not be considered as secure, for changes
made to this message after it was sent. Any views or opinions expressed in
this message may not be those of the West Yorkshire Police. This email was
scanned for viruses by the West Yorkshire Polices' anti-virus services and
on leaving the Force was found to be virus and malware free. You must take
full responsibility for any subsequent virus or malware checking.

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