PIPCU operational documents

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Open Rights Group

Dear City of London Police,

Thank you for your recent responses providing me with lists of your operational documents and MoUs, and subsequently your PIPCU template notices.

Can you please send me the following policy documents relating to PIPCU:

• Operational Order for Operation Ashiko
• Operation Creative manual
• Operation Sanction policy

Please note, I am not expecting to receive the full documents. I fully understand that portions of these documents will fall within Section 31 law enforcement exemptions ("information …[that] would, or would be likely to, prejudice … the prevention or detection of crime [or] … the apprehension or prosecution of offenders”).

Redactions to remove information that would fall under Section 31 would therefore be completely acceptable. Our interest is in understanding the scope of PIPCU’s activities so we have a picture of potential policy issues and problems. There is a clear public interest in ascertaining that unreasonable censorship and removal of legal material is unlikely to take place, or only takes place to the extent necessary to prevent criminality. We wish therefore to understand the processes and safeguards to the maximum extent possible without endangering your ability to prevent and detect crime.

A clear understanding of these activities and their legitimacy would help reinforce the notion of “policing by consent”.

Please also note that redaction activities fall outside of the cost limits from FoI requests, so redaction time should not be counted towards the time needed to locate this information. As the information has already been identified and is named above we do not anticipate any problems with costs.

Yours faithfully,

Jim Killock

FOI, City of London Police

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Dear Mr J Killock,


Please find attached our response to your Freedom of Information Request
along with the requested documents.




Dave Tustin

Senior Information Access Officer


Information Management Services | City of London Police

( 0207 601 2287

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Bishopsgate Police Station | 4th Floor | 182 Bishopsgate | London | EC2M





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Open Rights Group

Dear David,

Thank you very much for these, that is very helpful.

Yours sincerely,

Jim Killock