Connor A. Gurney

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Please provide any information that you hold on Operation Reznor.

Yours faithfully,
Connor A. Gurney

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr A. Gurney

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2017080000064

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 02/08/2017.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

* Please provide any information that you hold on Operation Reznor.

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.  

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Yours sincerely

Peter Deja
Support Officer - Freedom of Information Triage Team
 
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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Your response is due today as it has been 20 working days. Can you please respond or confirm when I can expect a response by?

Yours faithfully,
Connor A. Gurney

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Gurney,

Apologies for the delay on your request it is still in progress.
Case Reference: 2017080000064.

Regards,

Kolsuma Sultana| FOI Triage Team | 
Strategy & Insight | Strategy & Governance | Met HQ | Metropolitan Police Service
Telephone: 0207 161 3500 (10am – 2pm) | Internal: 703510 | Email: [email address]
Address: Information Rights Unit, 3rd Floor, PO Box 57192, London, SW6 1SF

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Do you have an estimate as to when a response will be available? Is it possible to disclose records you've already cleared, if any?

Yours faithfully,
Connor A. Gurney

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Gurney

The processing of the FOI is a matter for the Information Manager, Andrea Duncan. Unfortunately Ms Duncan is out of the office until 6th September however we have passed on your message for her to respond to when she returns.

Regards,

Kolsuma Sultana| FOI Triage Team | 
Strategy & Insight | Strategy & Governance | Met HQ | Metropolitan Police Service
Telephone: 0207 161 3500 (10am – 2pm) | Internal: 703510 | Email: [email address]
Address: Information Rights Unit, 3rd Floor, PO Box 57192, London, SW6 1SF

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

This places you in contravention of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Yours faithfully,
Connor A. Gurney

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Can I have a response to my request please?

Yours faithfully,
Connor A. Gurney

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Gurney,

I can confirm that your request is still currently in progress. I have forwarded your email to the Information Manager currently dealing with your request (Andrea Duncan), she should be in touch shortly with a response to your query below.

Regards,

Kolsuma Sultana| FOI Triage Team | 
Strategy & Insight | Strategy & Governance | Met HQ | Metropolitan Police Service
Telephone: 0207 161 3500 (10am – 2pm) | Internal: 703510 | Email: [email address]
Address: Information Rights Unit, 3rd Floor, PO Box 57192, London, SW6 1SF

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

It has now been two weeks since we were in touch — when can I expect a response?

Yours faithfully,
Connor A. Gurney

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Andrea,

Please can you give Mr Gurney an update on his request?

Regards,

David.

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Your response is now long overdue — do you have an answer for me yet?

Yours faithfully,
Connor A. Gurney

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Your response was due long long ago... Can you please provide me with an update?

Yours faithfully,
Connor A. Gurney

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Gurney,

Please accept our apologies for the delay in responding to your request.  

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2017080000064

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 02/08/2017.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

Please provide any information that you hold on Operation Reznor.

SEARCHES TO LOCATE INFORMATION

To locate the information relevant to your request searches were conducted
at the MPS.  The searches failed to locate any information relevant to
your request, therefore, the information you have requested is not held by
the MPS.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
contact me via email at [email address], quoting the reference
number above.

Yours sincerely

Andrea Duncan
Information Manager
 
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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 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

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

I am writing to request an internal review of Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)'s handling of my FOI request 'Operation Reznor'. You informed me on 31 October that you hold no information regarding Operation Reznor. I would, however, like to contest your response. I have access to the London Ambulance Service's Business Continuity Plan for the Olympic Games, and Operation Reznor is described as follows:

"A MPS sponsored operation that will allow for the evacuation, decontamination and
removal to hospital of given protected principles who have been exposed to an attack
involving hazardous materials. The LAS along with some Regional Ambulance
Services have provided staff for Operational Reznor. Although the deployment of
Operation staff is the responsibility of the MPS Protection Coordinator based at SOR,
Ambulance Staff on Operation Reznor will contact LAS Event Control by Airwave
Radio in the event of a live deployment. This Team will provide a METHANE report to
Event Control before they leave scene with the nominated principle. Ambulance Staff
on Operation Reznor will work under the Command and Control of the Metropolitan
Police Service once deployed on Operation Reznor duties."

As such, I believe that some documentation is held in relation to Operation Reznor and would ask you to review your searches and expand them to look for any archived documentation. 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,
Connor A. Gurney

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Gurney

Freedom of Information Review Reference No: 2017120000554

I write in connection with your request for a review of the handling
and/or decision relating to  2017080000064 which was received by the
Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on  20/12/2017.  

A review will now be conducted in accordance with the Code of Practice
issued under Section 45 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act).
 The reviewing officer will reconsider the original request before
responding to you with their findings.

There is no statutory time limit in relation to the completion of an
Internal Review.  However, the MPS aim to complete Internal Reviews within
20 working days or in exceptional cases, within 40 working days.  This is
based upon guidance published by the Information Commissioner.

If it is not possible to complete the Internal Review within this
timescale you will be informed at the earliest opportunity.

If you are unhappy with the outcome of an Internal Review you may wish to
refer the matter to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

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

Yours sincerely

R. Loizou
Support Officer - Freedom of Information Triage Team

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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Gurney

Freedom of Information Review Reference No: 2017120000554

I am sorry you are disappointed with the outcome of your request for
information.

Further to our earlier correspondence dated 20/12/2017, I am now able to
provide a response to your complaint concerning Freedom of Information Act
(the Act) request reference number: 2017080000064.  

Background to your complaint:

This review concentrates on the following request that you submitted to
the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 02/08/2017:

Please provide any information that you hold on Operation Reznor.

On 31/10/2017, we advised you that we were unable to locate any
information relevant to your request

On 20/12/2017, you complained as follows:

I am writing to request an internal review of Metropolitan Police Service
(MPS)'s handling of my FOI request 'Operation Reznor'. You informed me on
31 October that you hold no information regarding Operation Reznor. I
would, however, like to contest your response. I have access to the London
Ambulance Service's Business Continuity Plan for the Olympic Games, and
Operation Reznor is described as follows:

"A MPS sponsored operation that will allow for the evacuation,
decontamination and removal to hospital of given protected principles who
have been exposed to an attack involving hazardous materials. The LAS
along with some Regional Ambulance Services have provided staff for
Operational Reznor. Although the deployment of Operation staff is the
responsibility of the MPS Protection Coordinator based at SOR, Ambulance
Staff on Operation Reznor will contact LAS Event Control by Airwave Radio
in the event of a live deployment. This Team will provide a METHANE report
to Event Control before they leave scene with the nominated principle.
Ambulance Staff on Operation Reznor will work under the Command and
Control of the Metropolitan Police Service once deployed on Operation
Reznor duties."

As such, I believe that some documentation is held in relation to
Operation Reznor and would ask you to review your searches and expand them
to look for any archived documentation.

Investigation of your complaint:

As part of my investigation of your complaint, I have made additional
enquiries in order to locate the information you require. Searches with
MPS Records Management Bureau show no files held in the name of Operation
Reznor.

I have also made enquiries with MPS Public Order Command and no trace
could be found of the information you require.

Although FOIA is concerned with recorded information, I have had contact
from a senior officer whose role at the 2012 Olympics included MPS
Protection Coordinator and they have no recollection of Operation Reznor
as an MPS operation name. It is likely that Operation Reznor was an
LAS-specific operation as part of a wider response under a different name.

It is pertinent to note that if we did hold information about tactics and
procedures used for the evacuation, decontamination and removal to
hospital of given protected principles who have been exposed to an attack
involving hazardous materials, it is highly likely that this information
would be subject to exemptions under the Act given the nature of the
information requested. Disclosures under the Act are placed into the
public domain and therefore such information would be of great use to
those wishing to commit acts of terrorism.

DECISION

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has completed its review and has
decided to uphold its decision.

Section 16 Advice and Assistance

There is information in the public domain concerning the joint operating
principles for the emergency services responding to a chemical,
biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) event. The following links may
be of use to you:

The London Emergency Services Liaison Panel (LESLP) Major Incident
Procedure Manual:

https://www.met.police.uk/globalassets/f...

Responding to CBRN event - Joint Operating Principles for the Emergency
Services:

http://www.jesip.org.uk/uploads/media/pd...

MPS Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear policy:

https://www.met.police.uk/globalassets/f...

HM Government Strategic National Guidance - The decontamination of
buildings, infrastructure and open environment exposed to chemical,
biological, radiological substances or nuclear materials:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/sy...

The following links may be of interest to you also:
 
https://www.app.college.police.uk/?s=CBRN

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-arr...

https://www.gov.uk/government/collection...

You may wish to direct your request to the London Ambulance Service FOIA
team. I have provided the link below:

http://www.londonambulance.nhs.uk/talkin...

If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of this Internal Review you have
the right to appeal the decision by contacting the Information
Commissioner's Office (ICO) for a decision on whether the request for
information has been dealt with in accordance with the requirements of the
FOIA.

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

Yours sincerely

Yvette Taylor
Information Manager

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