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Dear Northumbria Police,

Please can you provide a list of all vehicles owned by your force, including station based at, index plate and what the vehicle is used for (ie ARV, CCTV, CID, Unmarked etc).

Please also include air and water vehicles if possible.

Many thanks

Yours faithfully,

Martin Cutler

Helen Robbins 5644, Northumbria Police

Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA)

 

Thank you for your email received on 22 November 2019 in which you make a
request for information that Northumbria Police may hold in accordance
with the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

We are in the process of dealing with your request and a response should
be provided to you by 20 December 2019 which is in accordance with the
legislation.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Information Management Unit

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NORTHUMBRIA POLICE PRIVACY AND CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE 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, 2018. Any views expressed are those of the sender and, unless specifically stated, do not necessarily represent the view of Northumbria Police. We cannot accept any liability for any loss or damage sustained as a result of software viruses. It is your responsibility to carry out such virus checking as is necessary. If you have received this message in error, please notify the sender by e-mail at once and delete the message immediately. For more information about Northumbria Police please visit our website - http://www.northumbria.police.uk

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'We will do this through protecting the Vulnerable, delivering quality
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the communities we serve.'

 

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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 21 November 2019 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 at the time of a request, by a Public Authority
(including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

 

You asked:

 

Please can you provide a list of all vehicles owned by your force,
including station based at, index plate and what the vehicle is used for
(ie ARV, CCTV, CID, Unmarked etc).

Please also include air and water vehicles if possible.

 

 

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

 

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Fleet
Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you
have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

To note, we shall not be providing you with ‘a list of all vehicles owned
by the force’.  Details of vehicles that are used covertly, and ARVs will
not be put into the public arena.  The rationale for this decision and the
relevant exemption that applies is set out below.

 

For information we have considered no harm in providing please see the
attached list. (The blank cells in the ‘usage’ column indicates the
vehicles are the same as the cell above.)

 

For those vehicles that we are protecting see the below response.

 

Details of those vehicles that are used covertly, and Armed Response
Vehicles,  will not be put into the public domain and by withholding this
information we rely on the following exemption

 

Section 31(1) - Law Enforcement

 

Section 31 is a prejudice based qualified exemption and there is a
requirement to articulate the harm that would be caused in confirming or
denying that the information is held as well as carrying out a public
interest test. 

 

Overall Harm

To provide details regarding covert/ARVs would cause harm as, once
identified, those vehicles could be targeted thus placing the occupants at
risk and the possibility that Policing would be undermined as offenders
will gain knowledge about specific vehicles owned by the force and
therefore use that knowledge to avoid detection.  This would reveal
policing tactics and so compromise investigations and any law enforcement
strategies.  This would be to the detriment of providing an efficient
policing service and a failure in providing a duty of care to both member
of staff and the public at large.

Any disclosure under FOIA is a disclosure to the world at large, and
confirming the detail requested for ARVs would indicate to the world which
vehicles, and how many, carry weaponry.  The disclosure could then be used
to target these vehicles and compromise any initial response to a
terrorist attack or armed criminality incident, thus placing the
occupants, as well as the general public at risk.  It also gives an
indication of the maximum number of ARVs we could deploy, and from what
location.  In addition to allowing the local criminal fraternity to be
better informed, those intent on organised crime throughout the UK will be
able to ‘map’ where the use and degree of certain resources are able to be
deployed.  This can be useful information to those committing crimes and
specifically terrorist activities.  This would be to the detriment of
providing an efficient policing service and a failure in providing a duty
of care to both members of staff and the public at large.

 

Factors Favouring Disclosure

Better awareness of the means available to forces may reduce crime and
could lead to better understanding of the means available to help protect
the public.  This could lead to reassurance as to how the police are
equipped to deal with more serious matters should the need arise.  By
disclosing what vehicles we have to enable us to carry out policing
activities would enable the public to see where public funds are being
spent, and allow them to be better informed.

 

Factors Against Disclosure

Disclosing down to the detail requested would be putting information that
would be extremely useful to those with ill intent into the public arena.
 This would then aid them to target their criminality to those forces or
locations which may be perceived as less well equipped to deal with such
instances.  This would then impact on Law Enforcement and the ability to
protect the public, putting individuals at risk.  The risk of putting into
the public domain any information that would be of use to those with the
intent to harm should be avoided at all costs.

 

Balance Test

The Police Service is charged with enforcing the law, preventing and
detecting crime and protecting the communities we serve.  

The security of the country is of paramount importance and the police
service will not divulge whether information if to do so could undermine
national security or compromise law enforcement.  Whilst there is a public
interest in the transparency of policing operations and in providing
assurance that the police service is appropriately and effectively
equipped to deal appropriately with the threat posed by the criminal
fraternity/terrorists, there is a very strong public interest in
safeguarding both Law Enforcement and the integrity of police resources.

 

As much as there is public interest in knowing what resources Northumbria
Police have available this will only be overridden in exceptional
circumstances.

 

Therefore it is our opinion that for these issues the balancing test for
disclosing the requested information is not made out. 

 

 

Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a
specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an
indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another.
Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the
procedures used locally in capturing the data. For this reason responses
between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative
purposes.

 

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.

 

You may be interested to know that Northumbria Police routinely publish
information via the Disclosure Log. The aim of the Disclosure Log is to
promote openness and transparency by voluntarily placing information into
the public arena.

 

The Disclosure Log contains copies of some of the information that has
been disclosed by Northumbria Police in response to requests made under
the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

Whilst it is not possible to publish all responses we will endeavour to
publish those where we feel that the information disclosed is in the wider
public interest.

 

The Disclosure Log will be updated once responses have been sent to the
requester.

 

I have provided the relevant link below.

 

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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, attached.

 

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

 

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'Northumbria Police will be outstanding in the service we provide'

'We will do this through protecting the Vulnerable, delivering quality
Investigations and applying Problem solving to everything we do to protect
the communities we serve.'

 

 

 

NORTHUMBRIA POLICE PRIVACY AND CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE 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, 2018. Any views expressed are those of the sender
and, unless specifically stated, do not necessarily represent the view of
Northumbria Police. We cannot accept any liability for any loss or damage
sustained as a result of software viruses. It is your responsibility to
carry out such virus checking as is necessary. If you have received this
message in error, please notify the sender by e-mail at once and delete
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