Police Helicopter statistics, cost and effectiveness in reduction of crime

R Dixon made this Freedom of Information request to Merseyside Police

The request was refused by Merseyside Police.

From: R Dixon

9 October 2010

Dear Merseyside Police,

I would like a full breakdown of the flights made by Police
Helicopters between August 1st and Oct 9th in the St Helens and
Rainhill areas of Merseyside. Upon perusing your website and
further consulting my own records regarding flights over my area, I
can see that the public records held there, are entirely incorrect.

Moreover, I am requesting a breakdown of the reasons for each
flight, any outcomes and the total cost to the taxpayer.

Yours faithfully,

Miss R. Dixon

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Merseyside Police

11 October 2010

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Dear Miss Dixon,

Reference No : DJAN- 8A5GSQ (please quote in all correspondence)

Thank you for your application for information dated 09/10/2010, received by Merseyside Police on 11/10/2010. I note
that your are seeking information relating to:

(paraphrased) : Air Support Operations in the area of St Helens and Rainhill, 1st August to 9th October 2010.

Your request will be dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and will now be considered.
You will receive a response within the statutory time-scale of 20 working days as defined by the Act, subject to the
information not being exempt nor containing a reference to a third party. In the event that we are not able to
achieve this deadline you will be informed at the earliest opportunity and given a revised time-scale.

There may be a fee payable for the retrieval, collation and provision of the information you have requested. If this
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Yours faithfully,

D. Jackson
Disclosure Analyst
Merseyside Police
Information Bureau
Disclosure Unit
PO Box 59,
LIVERPOOL L69 1JD
Fax: 0151 777 7099
Email : [Merseyside Police request email]

Further information in respect of Freedom of Information and Merseyside
Police can be found on the Force website at:
http://www.merseyside.police.uk/html/sup...

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Merseyside Police

25 October 2010


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Dear Miss Dixon,

Reference No : DJAN - 8A5GSQ (Please quote in all correspondence)

I write in connection with your request for information received on
11/10/2010 concerning:

(paraphrased) flights made by Police Helicopters between August 1st and
Oct 9th in the St Helens and Rainhill areas of Merseyside

The cost of providing you with the information is above the amount to which
we are legally required to respond i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving
the information exceeds the ‘appropriate level’ as stated in the Freedom of
Information (Fees and Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004. It is estimated
that it would cost £ 450:00p to comply with your request.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as
a Refusal Notice. Please see the attached response table for further
information explaining why the exemption is engaged. The response table
also includes some information that is available within cost and which I
beleive may be of assistance to you.

Response table: (See attached file: Response Table am DM DJ 109-10
(DJAN-8A5GSQ).doc)

Complainant Rights:
Your attention is drawn to the below attached notice which details your
right of complaint.

Yours faithfully

D Jackson
Merseyside Police
Information Access Unit
Information Bureau
PO BOX 59
LIVERPOOL
L69 1JD
fax: 0151 777 7099
E-mail: [Merseyside Police request email]

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