Policing numbers/property

D Hals made this Freedom of Information request to West Mercia Police

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Dear West Mercia Police,

Can you tell me
The predicted increase/decrease in officer numbers for the next 3 years
How many officer vacancies are there currently?
Has road policing team been disbanded?
(there doesn't seem to be as much of a presence as there was last year/. Year before)

Also can you inform me which buildings are owned/rented/leased and how much they cost to both run and/or rent/lease
Yours faithfully,

D turner

Information Compliance West Mercia, West Mercia Police

 
 
Dear Sir or Madam
 
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 9562
 
I write in connection with your request for West Mercia Police information
which was dated and received on 13th April 2018.
 
Your request will now be considered in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (the Act).  You will receive a response within the
statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act, subject to
the information not being exempt or containing a reference to a third
party.  In some circumstances West Mercia Police may be unable to achieve
this deadline.  If this is likely you will be informed and given a revised
time-scale at the earliest opportunity.
 
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the information you request.  If this is the case you will be informed and
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from you. If you chose not to make payment then your request will remain
unanswered.
 
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another public authority in order to answer your query in the fullest
possible way. Again, you will be informed if this is the case.
 
Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please write
or telephone the Information Compliance Unit quoting the reference number
above.
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Sue Cale
Information Compliance Administrator
Information Compliance Unit
Warwickshire Police & West Mercia Police
P O Box 55
Hindlip  WR3 8SP
 
DD 01905 331545 (Ext. 2545)
[email address]
 
 
 
 

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Dear Information Compliance West Mercia,

Can you inform me of an expected date when the information will be provided it just under the relevant legislation the response should be provided promptly according to your staffing and workload

Yours sincerely,

D turner

Information Compliance West Mercia, West Mercia Police

 
 
Dear Sir or Madam
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO:  9562
I write in connection with your request for information received on 13th
April 2018.
I regret to inform you that West Mercia Police has not been able to
complete its response to your request within the 20 working days .
I am unable to provide a specific timescale for response but every effort
will be made to ensure an appropriate response will be made as soon as
possible.
Please accept my apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Your attention is drawn to the below which details your right of
complaint.
Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please write
or telephone the Information Compliance Unit quoting the reference number
above.
Yours sincerely
 
Information Compliance Unit
Warwickshire Police & West Mercia Police
PO Box 55
Hindlip
Worcester
WR3 8SP
01905 331545 / 331565
 
West Mercia Police in complying with their statutory duty under sections 1
and 11 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to release the enclosed
information will not breach the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.
However, the rights of the copyright owner of the enclosed information
will continue to be protected by law. Applications for the copyright
owner’s written permission to reproduce any part of the attached
information should be addressed to The Force Solicitor, West Mercia Police
Headquarters, PO Box 55, Hindlip, Worcester, WR3 8SP.
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Information Compliance Unit
Hindlip Hall
Hindlip
PO Box 55
Worcester
WR3 8SP
or
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of everything we do.

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criminal justice partners visit our websites:

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Dear West Mercia Police,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of West Mercia Police's handling of my FOI request 'Policing numbers/property'.

Please provide more of an adequate timetable

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/p...

Yours faithfully,

D Hals

Information Compliance West Mercia, West Mercia Police

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Dear Sir/Madam
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 9562
I write in connection with your request for information which was received
on 13^th April 2018.  Please find below the response to your request:
1. The predicted increase/decrease in officer numbers for the next 3 years
How many officer vacancies are there currently?
REPLY: There are no officer vacancies currently against the force total
budgeted establishment.
The predicted decrease in officer numbers for the next 2 years is a
reduction of 23 between 1^st April 2018 and 31^st March 2019 and 14
between 1^st April 2019 and 31^st March 2020.
The figures provided are based on the projected funding contained in the
Medium Term Financial Plan and therefore are dependent on a number of
assumptions for example spending profile and precept levels.  The 2018/19
figure is built into the Police and Crime Commissioners' (PCC) budget and
includes funding the PCC has made available to protect officer numbers,
which is  paid for by increasing the precept (council tax).  2019/20 and
the subsequent years represent an estimated affordable establishment in
each of the years quoted based on the estimated funding available to the
PCC.  The actual number of officers within the force at any point in time
will be more or less than that which has been budgeted for as a result of
the timings of officers leaving the Force and when new recruits will
start.
 
2. Has road policing team been disbanded?
REPLY: No, The Roads Policing within Warwickshire Police & West Mercia
Police has not been disbanded however as of Sunday 8^th April 2018 the
Strategic Roads Policing arrangements have changed for both forces;
Warwickshire Police has a number of Roads Policing Officers who prior to
8^th April policed all roads in Warwickshire including the Strategic Roads
Network i.e. the Motorway.
This continues as business as usual for these Officers albeit the team now
operate within a Local Policing Model.
 
West Mercia Police, prior to 8^th April 2018 also had their own number of
Roads Policing Officers to police all roads other than the motorway, as
then they were part of the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) together
with West Midlands Police & Staffordshire Police.
On 8^th April 2018 West Mercia Police left CMPG  and Officers returned to
force to join the existing West Mercia Roads Policing Officers to now
police all roads including the Strategic Roads Network also as part of a
local policing model.
 
As Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police operate within a strategic
alliance, this means for operational roads policing effectiveness Roads
Policing Officers from both forces can attend incidents and support each
other across Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire &
Telford & Wrekin to manage roads policing demand on all roads.
 
3. Also can you inform me which buildings are owned/rented/leased and how
much they cost to both run and/or rent/lease
REPLY: Please see the attached table for the information that is available
for this part of the request. Some of the information you have requested
is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  The
exemptions applicable in this case are as follows:
 
Section 31 (1) (a) (b) Law Enforcement
This is a qualified, prejudice-based exemption
 
Section 38 (1) (a) (b) Health and Safety
This is a qualified, prejudice-based exemption
 
 
Harm
Some properties owned/rented/leased by the police are used for
undercover/covert activities and this operative activity is one of the
most highly sensitive areas of policing that is utilised in this country.
Provision of locations used for undercover/covert work would allow
criminals to identify and, either  avoid, or sabotage these locations and
therefore render their usage as useless. Any disclosure that may reduce
the flow of information that police service and intelligence agencies use
would have a substantial prejudicial impact on the ability of such
authorities to collect reliable and accurate intelligence, and
subsequently their ability to detect and prevent crime.
Disclosure of any information in relation to undercover/covert operations
or locations used for operations would provide details that would be
useful to those involved in criminal activities. 
Locations are also used by the Police as refuges or interview facilities
for vulnerable individuals/victims, and also safe houses for emergency
decants that are not identified in the public domain to protect these
individuals/victims from further intimidation or harm.
 
 
Factors favouring confirmation that information is held
Provision of information held would enable the public to have a better
understanding of the efficiency and effectiveness of the police service
and how they use covert locations as part of their enforcement activities.
 
Factors favouring confirmation that information is not held
Specific information relating to the use of covert locations and any other
law enforcement techniques related to these locations would provide useful
intelligence and a valuable asset to individuals and/or organisations
wishing to commit crime.  Vulnerabilities and capabilities would be
highlighted.  Provision of covert locations would enable offenders to
avoid these locations and move their operations, or sabotage/disrupt these
locations, therefore law enforcement tactics would be compromised which
would hinder the prevention and detection of crime. More crime would be
committed and individuals would be placed at risk.
 
Balancing test
The Police Service is tasked with protecting the community we serve and in
solving crime and there is a public interest argument in ensuring we are
open and transparent with regard to expenditure on and usage of buildings.
However, there is no doubt that for the issues outlined above any
disclosure relating to sensitive investigation procedures, such as details
of covert locations would jeopardise investigations and/or law
enforcement. 
Therefore, at this moment in time, the balance test for provision of this
information is not made out.
Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided is as
accurate as possible.
Please accept our apologies for the delay.
Your attention is drawn to the below which details your right of
complaint.
Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please write
or telephone the Information Compliance Unit quoting the reference number
above.
Yours sincerely
 
Mrs R Williams
Information Compliance Unit
Warwickshire Police & West Mercia Police
PO Box 55
Hindlip
Worcester
WR3 8SP
01905 331545 / 331565
 
West Mercia Police in complying with their statutory duty under sections 1
and 11 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to release the enclosed
information will not breach the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.
However, the rights of the copyright owner of the enclosed information
will continue to be protected by law. Applications for the copyright
owner’s written permission to reproduce any part of the attached
information should be addressed to The Force Solicitor, West Mercia Police
Headquarters, PO Box 55, Hindlip, Worcester, WR3 8SP.
COMPLAINT RIGHTS
Are you unhappy with how your request has been handled or do you think the
decision is incorrect?
You have the right to require West Mercia Police (WMP) to review their
decision.
Prior to lodging a formal complaint you are welcome and encouraged to
discuss the decision with the person that dealt with your request.
Ask to have the decision looked at again -
The quickest and easiest way to have the decision looked at again is to
contact the person named at the end of your decision letter.
That person will be able to discuss the decision, explain any issues and
assist with any problems.
Complaint
If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision of
WMP made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding
access to information, you can lodge a complaint with WMP to have the
decision reviewed. WMP must be notified of your intention to complain
within 20 working days of the date of its response to your Freedom of
Information request. Complaints should be made in writing and addressed
to:
West Mercia Police Headquarters
Information Compliance Unit
Hindlip Hall
Hindlip
PO Box 55
Worcester
WR3 8SP
or
Email:  [West Mercia Police request email]
In all possible circumstances, WMP will aim to respond to your complaint
within 20 working days.
The Information Commissioner
After lodging a complaint with WMP if you are still dissatisfied with the
decision you may make application to the Information Commissioner for a
decision on whether the request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of the Act.
For information on how to make application to the Information Commissioner
please visit their website at [1]https://ico.org.uk/ Alternatively, phone
or write to:
Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone: 0303 123 1113 (local rate) or 01625 545745 if you prefer to use a
national rate number
Fax:    01625 524 510
 
 
 
 

[2]Putting Victims FirstPutting Victims First
Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police are committed to providing the
best possible service to our communities and putting victims at the heart
of everything we do.

For information on services and support given to our victims by us and our
criminal justice partners visit our websites:

Warwickshire Police: [3]www.warwickshire.police.uk/puttingvictimsfirst
West Mercia Police: [4]www.westmercia.police.uk/puttingvictimsfirst

References

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1. https://ico.org.uk/
3. https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/putti...
4. http://www.westmercia.police.uk/puttingv...