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Ashley Davis made this Freedom of Information request to Essex Police

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The request was refused by Essex Police.

Dear Essex Police,

(A) The number of female police officers at the rank of DCI,Superintendent, Det.Superintendent,Chief Superintendent and Det.Chief Superintendent
(B) The number of custody cells at Braintree, Chelmsford, Stansted,Colchester, Harlow and Rayleigh Police stations
(C) The number offficers at each rank of Det.Chief Inspector and above earning over £70,000 per year
D) The number of video ID parades did the force conduct during 2012 and to date in 2013
(E) The number of officers at the rank of Det.Chief Inspector and above have been provided with a credit or debit card that have been issued by Essex Police and MUST ONLY BE USED FOR POLICE WORK; if so the amount each officer has spend; eg 1 officer at the rank of Superintendent has spend £900, 1 officer at the rank of DCI has spend £1,305.50 etc

Yours faithfully,

Ms Ashley Davis

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Thank you for your enquiry. As you have submitted 5 questions relating to various areas, these have been separated into 4 separate questions.

Your questions have been logged under the references shown below:

5607 Questions A and C Police Officers
5608 Question B Custody Cells
5609 Question D Video ID Parades
5610 Question E Police Officers' Credit/Debit cards

Under the Freedom of Information Act we are required to reply within 20 working days. The Act does not specify a limit to the number of information requests a public authority may receive or the number of requests or questions an applicant may submit. However, there are exemptions in the Act that can apply and these include where the cost of complying with the request would extend beyond the reasonable cost limit, (currently 18 hours or £450), or if the request is otherwise manifestly unreasonable in its scope or nature. Requests that ask a great many questions, or a number of detailed requests submitted at the same time, may make it necessary for Essex Police to refuse the requests wholly or in part.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has responsibility for providing oversight and guidance for the legislation and they have produced advice for applicants on submitting effective requests. Further information can be found on the Commissioner’s website at www.ico.gov.uk
Specific information relating to submitting a request can be found at:
http://www.ico.org.uk/for_the_public/off...

While we process your request, please take the time to consider the ICO’s advice and whether you feel it may be beneficial to amend or refine your request. Our team are happy to discuss your request with you and will be able to provide advice as to what kind of information will be available from Essex Police.

Kind regards,

Shirley Elderfield
Information Officer
Strategic Change Management Department
Essex Police HQ
Internal extension 150025
Direct Dial 01245 452647
Essex Police Non emergency Telephone Number (within Essex) 101 (Outside Essex) 0300 333 4444
Fax: Internal 150045 External 01245 452256
Website: www.essex.police.uk
Information Management, Strategic Change Management Department, Essex Police Headquarters, PO Box 2, Springfield, Chelmsford, CM2 6DA

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Steve Grayton,

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Thank you for your enquiry which has been logged under the above
reference. Having completed my enquiries I am able to respond as follows:

Section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) places two duties
on public authorities. Unless exemptions apply, the first duty at
Sec1(1)(a) is to confirm or deny whether the information specified in a
request is held. The second duty at Sec1(1)(b) is to disclose information
that has been confirmed as being held. Where exemptions are relied upon
s17 of FOIA requires that we provide the applicant with a notice which: a)
states that fact b) specifies the exemption(s) in question and c) states
(if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption applies.

In respect of this enquiry:

 

The number of female police officers at the rank of DCI,Superintendent,
Det.Superintendent,Chief Superintendent and Det.Chief Superintendent

 

Essex Police does hold the information requested but information on
officer numbers is published on a regular basis and can be found at:

 

[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

 

and

 

[2]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

For the purpose of section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOIA), this part of my response serves as a formal notification of
refusal of your request on the basis that the exemption given at section
21 of the FOIA applies (Information accessible by other means).

21 Information accessible to applicant by other means

(1) Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant otherwise
than under section 1 is exempt information.

(2) For the purposes of subsection (1)—

(a) information may be reasonably accessible to the applicant even though
it is accessible only on payment, and

(b) information is to be taken to be reasonably accessible to the
applicant if it is information which the public authority or any other
person is obliged by or under any enactment to communicate (otherwise than
by making the information available for inspection) to members of the
public on request, whether free of charge or on payment.

(3) For the purposes of subsection (1), information which is held by a
public authority and does not fall within subsection (2)(b) is not to be
regarded as reasonably accessible to the applicant merely because the
information is available from the public authority itself on request,
unless the information is made available in accordance with the
authority’s publication

Section 21 of the Act (Information Reasonably Accessible by Other Means)
states that information is exempt information if it is reasonably
accessible to the applicant otherwise than under Section 1 of the Freedom
of Information Act 2000. Section 21 is an absolute exemption and where
information falls within the scope of an absolute exemption, a public
authority is not obliged to communicate it to an applicant and is also not
obliged to comply with the duty to confirm or deny the existence of the
information requested.

The number officers at each rank of Det.Chief Inspector and above earning
over £70,000 per year

 

National pay scales apply, please see above for numbers and the following
link for pay scales:

[3]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

I hope this is of use.

Steve Grayton
Information Officer
Data Protection & Freedom of Information
Information Management
Strategic Change Management Department
Essex Police Headquarters
PO Box 2, Springfield, Chelmsford, CM2 6DA

 

Internal extension 150029
External Dial 101 then ext.150029
Data Protection / FOI Team direct dial: 01245 452647
Fax: 01245 452256 Internal 150045
Email : [4]data[Essex Police request email]
Personal email: [5][email address]
Website: [6]www.essex.police.uk

Working hours Mon-Thurs 7:30 – 15:30, Fri 7:30 – 15:00
Office opening hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 - 16:00

 

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your FOI request, you have
the right to ask for an internal review.

Internal review requests should be submitted within two months of the date
of receipt of the response to your original request and should be
addressed to the Senior Information Officer at the above address or by
email to: [7]data[Essex Police request email]

They will conduct an internal review to investigate the handling of your
request and endeavour to reply within 20 working days. If your complaint
refers to a decision to apply an exemption it would assist the review if
you would outline the reasons why you feel the exemption does not apply.

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply direct to the Information Commissioner for a decision.
The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF or via [8]http://www.ico.gov.uk/

 

 

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Steve Grayton,

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Thank you for your enquiry which has been logged under the above
reference. Having completed my enquiries I am able to respond as follows:

Section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) places two duties
on public authorities. Unless exemptions apply, the first duty at
Sec1(1)(a) is to confirm or deny whether the information specified in a
request is held. The second duty at Sec1(1)(b) is to disclose information
that has been confirmed as being held. Where exemptions are relied upon
s17 of FOIA requires that we provide the applicant with a notice which: a)
states that fact b) specifies the exemption(s) in question and c) states
(if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption applies.

In respect of this enquiry:

 

The number of custody cells at Braintree, Chelmsford, Stansted,
Colchester, Harlow and Rayleigh Police stations

 

Essex Police does hold the information requested, please see below:

 

Station Active Cells
Braintree 8
Chelmsford 15
Colchester 17
Harlow 14
Stansted Airport 3

 

Station Inactive Cells
Rayleigh 14

 

 

I hope this is of use.

 

Steve Grayton
Information Officer
Data Protection & Freedom of Information
Information Management
Strategic Change Management Department
Essex Police Headquarters
PO Box 2, Springfield, Chelmsford, CM2 6DA

 

Internal extension 150029
External Dial 101 then ext.150029
Data Protection / FOI Team direct dial: 01245 452647
Fax: 01245 452256 Internal 150045
Email : [1]data[Essex Police request email]
Personal email: [2][email address]
Website: [3]www.essex.police.uk

Working hours Mon-Thurs 7:30 – 15:30, Fri 7:30 – 15:00
Office opening hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 - 16:00

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your FOI request, you have
the right to ask for an internal review.

Internal review requests should be submitted within two months of the date
of receipt of the response to your original request and should be
addressed to the Senior Information Officer at the above address or by
email to: [4]data[Essex Police request email]

They will conduct an internal review to investigate the handling of your
request and endeavour to reply within 20 working days. If your complaint
refers to a decision to apply an exemption it would assist the review if
you would outline the reasons why you feel the exemption does not apply.

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply direct to the Information Commissioner for a decision.
The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF or via [5]http://www.ico.gov.uk/

 

 

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Shirley Elderfield,

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Dear Ms Davis

 

In respect of your request as detailed below, I need to clarify your
enquiry.

 

Are you asking for the amount each officer has spent on any force credit
or debit card? If this is the case, kindly provide a time period for your
enquiry.

 

The number of officers at the rank of Det.Chief Inspector and above have
been provided with a credit or debit card that have been issued by Essex
Police and MUST ONLY BE USED FOR POLICE WORK; if so the amount each
officer has spend; eg 1 officer at the rank of Superintendent has spend
£900, 1 officer at the rank of DCI has spend £1,305.50 etc

 

Kind regards,

Shirley Elderfield
Information Officer
Strategic Change Management Department
Essex Police HQ
Internal extension 150025
Direct Dial 01245 452647
Essex Police Non emergency Telephone Number (within Essex) 101 (Outside
Essex) 0300 333 4444
Fax: Internal 150045 External 01245 452256
Website: [1]www.essex.police.uk

Information Management, Strategic Change Management Department, Essex
Police Headquarters, PO Box 2, Springfield, Chelmsford, CM2 6DA

 

References

Visible links
1. http://www.essex.police.uk/

Dear Shirley Elderfield,

Yes I am seeking the amount each officer has spent from 1st January 2012 to date in 2013.

Yours sincerely,

Ms Ashley Davis

Steve Grayton,

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Thank you for your enquiry which has been logged under the above
reference. Having completed my enquiries I am able to respond as follows:

Section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) places two duties
on public authorities. Unless exemptions apply, the first duty at
Sec1(1)(a) is to confirm or deny whether the information specified in a
request is held. The second duty at Sec1(1)(b) is to disclose information
that has been confirmed as being held. Where exemptions are relied upon
s17 of FOIA requires that we provide the applicant with a notice which: a)
states that fact b) specifies the exemption(s) in question and c) states
(if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption applies.

In respect of this enquiry:

 

The number of video ID parades did the force conduct during 2012 and to
date in 2013

 

Essex Police does hold the information requested.

 

In 2012 we completed 1520 parades and up to 1^st December this year we
have done 1509.

I hope this is of use.

Steve Grayton
Information Officer
Data Protection & Freedom of Information
Information Management
Strategic Change Management Department
Essex Police Headquarters
PO Box 2, Springfield, Chelmsford, CM2 6DA

 

Internal extension 150029
External Dial 101 then ext.150029
Data Protection / FOI Team direct dial: 01245 452647
Fax: 01245 452256 Internal 150045
Email : data[Essex Police request email]
Personal email: [email address]
Website: [1]www.essex.police.uk

Working hours Mon-Thurs 7:30 – 15:30, Fri 7:30 – 15:00
Office opening hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 - 16:00

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your FOI request, you have
the right to ask for an internal review.

Internal review requests should be submitted within two months of the date
of receipt of the response to your original request and should be
addressed to the Senior Information Officer at the above address or by
email to: [2]data[Essex Police request email]

They will conduct an internal review to investigate the handling of your
request and endeavour to reply within 20 working days. If your complaint
refers to a decision to apply an exemption it would assist the review if
you would outline the reasons why you feel the exemption does not apply.

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply direct to the Information Commissioner for a decision.
The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF or via [3]http://www.ico.gov.uk/

 

 

 

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Shirley Elderfield,

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Dear Ms Davis

Thank you for your recent enquiry which has been logged under the above
reference. I apologise for the delay in replying to you. Having completed
my enquiries I am able to respond as follows:

Section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) places two duties
on public authorities. Unless exemptions apply, the first duty at
Sec1(1)(a) is to confirm or deny whether the information specified in a
request is held. The second duty at Sec1(1)(b) is to disclose information
that has been confirmed as being held. Where exemptions are relied upon
s17 of FOIA requires that we provide the applicant with a notice which: a)
states that fact b) specifies the exemption(s) in question and c) states
(if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption applies.

In respect of this enquiry:

 

The number of officers at the rank of Det.Chief Inspector and above have
been provided with a credit or debit card that have been issued by Essex
Police and MUST ONLY BE USED FOR POLICE WORK; if so the amount each
officer has spend; eg 1 officer at the rank of Superintendent has spend
£900, 1 officer at the rank of DCI has spend £1,305.50 etc

 

Period confirmed as from January 2012 to date.

 

The Freedom of Information Act 2000, (FOIA), is legislation designed to
give individuals access to information, subject to any relevant
exemption(s), held by public authorities.  The spirit of FOIA is openness
and transparency and, rightly, opens up public authorities to greater
scrutiny and accountability.  It also exists to keep the populace better
informed regarding matters which affect them.  The legislation is not
designed as a tool to be used on fishing expeditions and although free to
the applicant its delivery is not without cost to the authority, and
therefore indirectly the taxpayer.

 

Due to the obvious high interest in policing activity, Essex Police
receives a large volume of requests which places high pressure on the
small team charged with ensuring lawful compliance. Common sense dictates
that Essex Police should use those resources wisely, and principles have
been established within the judicial framework of the legislation to
protect authorities when requests are a burden on its staff, have no
serious purpose or value or harass and/or distress staff.  It is vital
that the motives of the requestor are taken into account when considering
these issues. See IC v Devon County Council and Dransfield [2012] UKUT 440
(AAC)

 

The leading case law on this can now be found in the Upper Tribunal, (UT),
Case of Dransfield - [1]http://www.osscsc.gov.uk/Aspx/view.aspx?... .
Here it was established that a ‘vexatious’ request is one that is
manifestly unjustified, inappropriate or an improper use of the FOIA
procedures, which hinge upon four key, but not exhaustive principles:

 

(1) The burden - on the public authority and its staff. This involves
considering the previous course of dealings with the requestor, looking at
factors such as the number of requests, their breadth or the pattern of
their arrival, plus as quoted in the Information Commissioner’s Office,
(ICO), guidance “…likely to cause a disproportionate or unjustified level
of disruption, irritation or distress.”  

[2]http://www.ico.org.uk/~/media/documents/...

 

(2) The motive - of the requester. That FOIA is “motive blind” does not
mean that there can be no examination, under s14, of the justification for
the request, or its motive. It may be “ill-intentioned”, or have drifted
so far from its original purpose as to become disproportionate.

 

(3) The value or “serious purpose” of the request. The UT recognised the
potential for overlap with (2), and also cautioned about “jumping to
conclusions” about a lack of serious purpose; but there should be an
objective public interest in the release of information sought.

 

(4) Any harassment or distress, of and to staff – by the use of bullying
language etc. This was not, however, a prerequisite for the application of
s14.

 

In line with Section 14(1) of FOIA, I have decided to refuse your request
as it has been deemed a ‘Vexatious Request’.  Therefore, Section 1(1) does
not oblige Essex Police to comply with a request for information if the
request is vexatious.

 

In reaching my decision I have considered the recent guidelines from the
ICO in relation to vexatious requests. Whilst giving maximum support to
individuals genuinely seeking to exercise the right to know, the
Commissioner's general approach will be sympathetic towards authorities
where requests can be characterised as being part of a campaign. 

 

Essex Police has concluded the following:

 

The number of requests from you on WhatDoTheyKnow to this and other police
forces seems to confirm that your requests appear to be part of a
campaign. Essex Police has received 12 FOI questions from you and another
individual which appear to form part of that campaign.  These requests
cover a numerous variety of subject areas and each of these requests
involves research and investigation in order to establish what information
is held. The information itself then has to be analysed to see if it is
suitable for disclosure.

 

The ICO guidance makes it clear that requests which are completely random
and solely designed to be fishing for information are unacceptable. This
is evidenced by the requests you have submitted to Essex Police ranging in
various subject matters. The requests appear to be part of a completely
random approach, lacking any clear focus and serious purpose.

 

Therefore this response acts as a refusal of your request as it has been
deemed a “Vexatious Request” This has been decided because of the overall
burden on Essex Police of processing 12 FOI questions which appear to form
part of a campaign, coupled with the lack of there being any apparent real
purpose or value in the information sought and the concerns to Essex
Police and the Police service nationally at being asked detailed questions
regarding staff, Police buildings, Police vehicles etc.  Additionally
Essex Police does not underestimate the collaborative, mosaic, effect of
information being disclosed within seemingly isolated requests.

 

Please note that there is a reasonable interval of 60 working days to
allow you the requestor, not in conjunction to any other individual
(Campaign) to resubmit requests to Essex Police, taking into consideration
that those requests do not burden the force.

 

I draw your attention to the right of complaint information at the end of
this email.

Yours sincerely,

Shirley Elderfield
Information Officer
Strategic Change Management Department
Essex Police HQ
Internal extension 150025
Direct Dial 01245 452647
Essex Police Non emergency Telephone Number (within Essex) 101 (Outside
Essex) 0300 333 4444
Fax: Internal 150045 External 01245 452256
Website: [3]www.essex.police.uk

Information Management, Strategic Change Management Department, Essex
Police Headquarters, PO Box 2, Springfield, Chelmsford, CM2 6DA

 

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the
right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be
submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your
original request and should be addressed to the Senior Information Officer
at the above address or by email to: [4]data[Essex Police request email].  An
internal review will be undertaken to reconsider the handling of your
request. If your complaint refers to a decision to apply an exemption it
would assist the review if you would outline the reasons why you feel the
exemption should not be applied.

While we feel that it is perfectly acceptable to submit an FOI enquiry and
receive a response via a website such as whatdotheyknow.com, we do not
believe in this instance that it is appropriate to conduct a complaints
procedure via such a public forum.  Accordingly Essex Police will only
undertake an internal review via direct communication with the applicant
from a private address for correspondence or e-mail address.

Should you remain unsatisfied following an internal review, then
you retain the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner’s
Office (ICO) for a decision. The ICO can be contacted at: Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF.

 

 

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