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Dear Merseyside Police,

Why do the "Press Officer" refuse to take enquiries?

Why would Merseyside Police refer a press enquiry to "The Echo" as a source of information? "The Echo" is a private business, Merseyside Police is a public body.

How many Press Officers are employed?

Who makes the decision on whether an enquiry is worthy of response? A legitimate request for comment should not be "gatekeeped" by the switchboard.

Why are press officers allowed to refuse to discuss a press enquiry?

Why would being directed to "The Echo" be seen as acceptable?

Yours faithfully,

J Tatt
Knowsley News

Freedom Of Information, Merseyside Police

Your email to the Merseyside Police Freedom of Information (FOI) in box is
acknowledged.

 

If it contains an initial (new) request under FOI it will be dealt with in
accordance with section 10 of the Act which means that you are entitled to
receive a response no later than 20 working days after the first working
day* on which your request is received.

 

Other arrangements may apply if a fees notice is issued or if the time
period is extended in order that public interest considerations of our
response may take place. Section 10 also allows public authorities to
apply variations to the normal 20 working day timescale in some limited
circumstances.

 

Due to the volume of e-mail correspondence and FOI applications received,
the Force regrets that individual acknowledgement e-mails will not be sent
even if specifically requested.

 

If the correspondence cannot be dealt with as FOI, it will be forwarded
internally and you will be advised of the location. Any related
communication must be direct to the identified location and not the FOI
e-mail address.

 

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Christmas Day, Good Friday or a day which is a bank holiday under the
Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971 in any part of the United Kingdom.
The first reckonable day is the working day after the working day of
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Although every effort will be made to ensure a response is provided within
statutory deadlines, due to current circumstances delays may be
unavoidable. We apologise for any inconvenience and will endeavour to
process your request as quickly as is practicable.

 

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Jackson Dennis, Merseyside Police

Dear Applicant,

 

I write in connection with your application for information which was
received by Merseyside Police. I note that you seek access to the
following information:

 

(Paraphrased) various application related to the Force Press Office.

 

The Information Commissioner requires public authorities to ensure that a
Freedom of Information application is fully understood before providing a
response. Where there is ambiguity in an application, public authorities
are required to seek clarification of the information that you require. 
To enable Merseyside Police to meet your request could you please provide
this office with further information? I provide some guidance that may
assist you more clearly to describe the information.

 

 1. The publication that you are referring to is operated under the title
of Knowsley News. Can you please confirm that the staff of the
publication are accredited journalists?

 

 2. You include the request, “A legitimate request for comment should not
be "gatekeeped" by the switchboard”.  Could you please confirm the
number that you used to contact the ‘switchboard’ as the Force does
not technically have a ‘switchboard. Does this application relate to
initial contact with Merseyside Police via the 101 or 0151 709 6010
numbers, or have you / colleges used a direct dial l number, if so,
please identify the number that you have used?

 

 3. The obligation under FOI provisions is in relation to communication of
information held. The way some of your applications have been worded
seeks explanations, rather than information held. If you wish to amend
the wording of your applications so that they better reflect request
for information held, please do so.

 

This application is now suspended for clarification on the above points.

 

After receiving your reply, your request will then be considered and you
will receive the information requested within the statutory time scale of
20 working days as defined by the Freedom of Information Act 2000, subject
to the information not being exempt or containing reference to a third
party.

 

However, if the requested information has not been received by one month
after the above date, I will consider that you no longer wish to proceed
with this request and it will be treated as withdrawn.

 

There may be a fee payable for the retrieval, collection and provision of
the information you request. If this is the case you will be informed and
the 20 working day time scale will be suspended until we receive the
payment from you. If you chose not to make a payment then your request
will remain unanswered.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

D Jackson

D. Jackson

Disclosure Analyst

 

Merseyside Police

Data Access Unit

PO Box59

LIVERPOOL

L69 1JD

E-mail [1][Merseyside Police request email]

 

 

 

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