Origin of the images used to identify suspects at the riots

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

A security consultant wrote at http://www.sourcesecurity.com/news/artic... that "It is interesting that in the recent riots, much of the images that were used to identify rioters actually came from other members of the public from cameras on mobile phones,"

Can you please provide me with the following recorded information:

1a) The approximate number of amateur images (e.g., from camera phones) received from the public to help identifying criminal behaviour at the recent riots.

1b) The approximate number of images from other means such as surveillance equipment (e.g., CCTV) used to identify criminal behaviour at the riots.

2a) The approximate number of amateur images (e.g., from camera phones) coming from camera phones that the Met has published to receive help in identifying suspects of criminal behaviour at the recent riots.

2b) The approximate number of images coming from other means such as surveillance equipment (e.g., CCTV) that the Met has published to receive help in identifying suspects of criminal behaviour at the recent riots.

If the data is not recorded in the way specified above, please use your duty of assistance to provide only the available recorded data fulfilling the purpose of this request, that is understanding the amount of amateur photos (e.g., camera phones) used to identify suspects following the recent riots versus that of surveillance equipment (e.g., CCTV).

Yours faithfully,

David Mery

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Mery

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2011120003100
I write in connection with your request for information  which was
received by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 21/12/2011.  I note
you seek access to the following information:

     "A security consultant wrote at
     http://www.sourcesecurity.com/news/artic...
     that "It is interesting that in the recent riots, much of the
     images that were used to identify rioters actually came from other
     members of the public from cameras on mobile phones,"
     
     Can you please provide me with the following recorded information:
     
     1a) The approximate number of amateur images (e.g., from camera
     phones) received from the public to help identifying criminal
     behaviour at the recent riots.
     
     1b) The approximate number of images from other means such as
     surveillance equipment (e.g., CCTV) used to identify criminal
     behaviour at the riots.
     
     2a) The approximate number of amateur images (e.g., from camera
     phones) coming from camera phones that the Met has published to
     receive help in identifying suspects of criminal behaviour at the
     recent riots.
     
     2b) The approximate number of images coming from other means such
     as surveillance equipment (e.g., CCTV) that the Met has published
     to receive help in identifying suspects of criminal behaviour at
     the recent riots.
     
     If the data is not recorded in the way specified above, please use
     your duty of assistance to provide only the available recorded data
     fulfilling the purpose of this request, that is understanding the
     amount of amateur photos (e.g., camera phones) used to identify
     suspects following the recent riots versus that of surveillance
     equipment (e.g., CCTV)."

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Dear Mr Mery

Freedom of Information Request Reference No:  2011120003100

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 21/12/2011. I note you seek
access to the following information:

"1a) The approximate number of amateur images (e.g., from camera phones)
received from the public to help identifying criminal behaviour at the
recent riots.

1b) The approximate number of images from other means such as surveillance
equipment (e.g., CCTV) used to identify criminal behaviour at the riots.

2a) The approximate number of amateur images (e.g., from camera phones)
coming from camera phones that the Met has published to receive help in
identifying suspects of criminal behaviour at the recent riots.

 2b) The approximate number of images coming from other means such as
surveillance equipment (e.g., CCTV) that the Met has published to receive
help in identifying suspects of criminal behaviour at the recent riots.

If the data is not recorded in the way specified above, please use your
duty of assistance to provide only the available recorded data fulfilling
the purpose of this request, that is understanding the amount of amateur
photos (e.g., camera phones) used to identify suspects following the
recent riots versus that of surveillance equipment (e.g., CCTV)."

EXTENT OF SEARCHES TO LOCATE INFORMATION

To locate the information relevant to your request searches were conducted
at the Territorial Policing Headquarters - Visual Images Identification
and Detections Office (VIIDO).

RESULT OF SEARCHES

The searches located information relevant to your request.

DECISION

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

Please find below the information that you requested.

As at 14th January 2012:

The number of amateur images received (ie from camera phones) received
from the public to help identify criminal behaviour at the recent riots is
1.

The number of images from other means used to identify criminal behaviour
at the riots is 5110.

In total, the MPS has published 5111 images to help identify suspects of
criminal behaviour at the recent riots.

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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 Deborah Solomon on telephone number 0207 161 4291 quoting the
reference number above.

Yours sincerely

DCI Neville
TP Crime and Customer Strategy Command
Territorial Policing Headquarters
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.
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decision is incorrect?

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discuss the decision with the case officer that dealt with your request.  

Ask to have the decision looked at again –

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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, within forty (40) working days from
the date of the refusal notice, and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
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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

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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
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Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone:  01625 545 700

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Dear Mr Neville,

Many thanks for your response.

Yours faithfully,

David Mery

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

If I can assist further, let me know.  It is often easier to speak on the
phone to gain an understanding of your research.

Regards

Mick Neville | Detective Chief Inspector |
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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
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this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

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