Police force nominated itself for award over case of schoolgirl killed by officer

David Hansen made this Freedom of Information request to Northumbria Police

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The request was partially successful.

Dear Northumbria Police,

I refer to the article at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopi...

Please provide a copy of the self-nomination which Northumbria Police sent to the Chartered Institute of Public Relations when entering itself for this "award".

Please note that "replies" which involve attachments in proprietary file formats are not acceptable. A reply which is not in plain text format will be deemed to be a refusal to answer. Should the nomination not be in a form suitable for rendering in plain text, which is possible but unlikely, please contact me to discuss an acceptable format. Acrobat would be acceptable.

Yours faithfully,

David Hansen

Northumbria Police

Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA)

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information that Northumbria Police may hold.

We are in the process of dealing with your request and expect to revert to
you shortly. A response should be provided by 26 April 2010.

Yours sincerely

Helen Robbins

Information Compliance Unit

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Dear Mr Hansen,

I write with reference to your Freedom of Information Request submitted to
Northumbria Police on the 25th March 2010. Please could you contact me at
your earliest convenience on the number detailed below so that I may
discuss your requirements. You should note that the 20 day legislative
timescale for responding to this request is suspended until contact is
made with you.

Michael Cleugh

Data Protection and Disclosure Advisor

01661 869 389

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Dear Northumbria Police,

"Please could you contact me at your earliest convenience on the number detailed below so that I may discuss your requirements."

You may discuss my requirements in public via whatdotheyknow.com. This is a public enquiry and it will remain public.

Yours faithfully,

David Hansen

Northumbria Police

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Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom
of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

Thank you for your email dated 25th March 2010 in which you made a request
for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of
access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police),
subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

I refer to the article at

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopi...

Please provide a copy of the self-nomination which Northumbria Police sent
to the Chartered Institute of Public Relations when entering itself for
this "award".

Please note that "replies" which involve attachments in proprietary file
formats are not acceptable. A reply which is not in plain text format will
be deemed to be a refusal to answer. Should the nomination not be in a form
suitable for rendering in plain text, which is possible but unlikely,
please contact me to discuss an acceptable format. Acrobat would be
acceptable.

In response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I
provide a response for your attention.

A copy of the submission is attached. Please note that this document is
protected by copyright and no permission is given to reproduce the document
or any part of it by any means. We will not be disclosing the document in
its entirety and have made suitable redactions. In doing this we will rely
on the following exemption:-

Section 31(1)(a)(b)(c) Law Enforcement

Section 31 is a prejudiced based qualified exemption. This means that the
legislators have identified that the harm (prejudice) in disclosure needs
to be documented and the public interest in disclosure should be
considered. The result of both the harm and public interest test (PIT)
should be articulated to the applicant, and we have set this out below.

Harm

Modern-day policing involves the ongoing assessment of crime levels
throughout the force area; such assessments can assist the force in aiming
its resources more effectively in order to combat crime. Whilst this data
can assist the force in deploying resources, the publication of such
assessments could provoke a negative reaction within the community.

Public Interest Considerations

Factors Favouring Disclosure

It could be argued that if this information was disclosed it would provide
a better understanding and awareness to the community which may reduce
crime and lead to more information (intelligence) being provided to the
police.

Factors Favouring Non-Disclosure

To reveal the assessment of the area out of context could serve to provoke
disorder within the community and ultimately put members of the public at
risk.

Balancing Test

The Northumbria Police Service has a duty of care to the community it
serves to ensure effective law enforcement is delivered. The prevention
and detection of crime is of paramount importance to the Police Service and
information will not be disclosed which would undermine such a process.
Therefore, at this moment in time, it is our opinion having conducted a
balancing exercise, the public interest in non-disclosure of this one
sentence outweighs the public interest in its disclosure.

(See attached file: PRide report2.pdf)

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual
property rights of Northumbria Police. Your use of the information must be
strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as
amended) or such other applicable legislation. In particular, you must not
re-use this information for any commercial purpose.

How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have
handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue
informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our
complaints procedure which is attached.

(See attached file: FOI Complaint Rights.doc)

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and
reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information
Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain
whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.

Yours sincerely

Michael Cleugh
Data Protection and Disclosure Advisor
Direct Dial: 01661 869389

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The information contained in this message and any attachment(s) is confidential and intended only for the attention of the named organisation or individual to whom it is addressed. The message may contain information that is covered by legal, professional or other privilege. No mistake in transmission is intended to waive or compromise any such privilege. This message has been sent over public networks and the sender cannot be held responsible for its integrity.

If you are not the intended recipient be aware that any disclosure, copying, distribution or action taken in reliance of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited, and is contrary to the provisions of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act, 1988 and of the Data Protection Act, 1998.

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