Property handling policy

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Anthony Collins

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Please provide your authorities Property Handling Policy or equivalent giving your version of of the information in sussexs
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/1...

With any additional guidance or policy regarding to securing a house of a deceased or crime scene. And the safeguarding, Securing and insurance of such properties

Yours faithfully,

Anthony Collins

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Collins

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2018030000369

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 09/03/2018.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

"Please provide your authorities Property Handling Policy or equivalent
giving your version of of the information in sussexs

https://scanmail.trustwave.com/?c=10916&...

With any additional guidance or policy regarding to securing a house of a
deceased or crime scene. And the safeguarding, Securing and insurance of
such properties "

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Information Act 2000 (the Act).  You will receive a response within the
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Yours sincerely

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Dear Mr Collins

 

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2018030000369

 

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 09/03/2018.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

 

"Please provide your authorities Property Handling Policy or equivalent
giving your version of of the information in sussexs

https://scanmail.trustwave.com/?c=10916&...

With any additional guidance or policy regarding to securing a house of a
deceased or crime scene. And the safeguarding, Securing and insurance of
such properties "

 

This request was allocated me to process and information pertinent to your
request has been located.  However, unlike Sussex Constabulary’s Property
Handling Policy, the Metropolitan Police guidance on property handling,
although it is named a manual, is separated into individual documents,
each relating to specific property handling areas.  This amounts to a
significant amount of paperwork and for me to collate, assess, redact and
extract all the located information could be considered burdensome, which
could lead to your request being refused on grounds of cost.  I would
therefore like to take this opportunity to send you a summary of the
documentation located and wonder if you could get back to me and let me
know which section it is that you have an interest in:

 

·         Definition of Crime Related Exhibits and Police Powers.

·         Crime related exhibits

·         Risk Management, Considerations and Example Risk Register.

·         Borough exhibit store and responsibilities

·         Sealing and packaging property, Signature seals, Separating
exhibits, Sealing / Opening / Resealing tamper evidence bags, Weapon
tubes.

·         Exhibits into police possession, Form 66, Book 101, Book 105,
Book 110 and TOAST manual.

·         Exhibits out of borough, Movement and Restoration of exhibits.
Destroy on Division (DOD).

·         Housekeeping, Reviewing Exhibits and Prisoners Personal
Property.

·         Drugs, Packaging, recording and submission of drugs. Seizure of
cannabis plants.

·         Firearms and ammunition, Disposal and submission of firearms,
ammunition and CS gas spray.

·         Health and Safety, Legislation and Regulations.

·         Finance, Cash handling guidelines, including foreign currency,
contaminated, mutilated and counterfeit currency.

·         Deceased persons, Searching, Administrative Procedures,
Intestate, Wills and Indemnity Template.

·         Tapes, Copying, Submission and Retrieval Procedures of Master
Interview Tapes.

·         Custody Suite CCTV, Disposal Schedule of Custody Suite CCTV.

·         Best practice & Appendix 1

·         General Information, Definition, Recording Property, Duty of
Care, Audit, Packaging and Advice on how to deal with specific items &
useful contacts (Appendix 1)

 

After receiving your reply, your request will then be considered and you
will receive a response within the statutory timescale of 20 working days.

 

However, if the requested additional information has not been received by
Friday 4^th May, 20 working days from today. I will assume that you no
longer wish to proceed with this request and will treat it as withdrawn.

 

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
contact me through the Information Rights Unit on 0207 161 6500  or via
email at [email address], quoting the reference number
above.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Alyson Parker | Information Manager | Information & Insight | Strategy &
Governance | MetHQ |
Metropolitan Police Service

MetPhone 783500 | Telephone 020 7161 3500 |
[1][email address]
Address - Information Rights Unit, PO Box 57192, London SW6 1SF
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Anthony Collins

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)'s handling of my FOI request 'Property handling policy'.

Further to your message

My request is for a specific matter "any additional guidance or policy regarding
securing a house of a crime scene of a deceased.
And the safeguarding, Securing and insurance of such properties
And the taking and storage of the contents of a home of a deceased crime victim."

From your list I have narrowed it down to 7 documents

Deceased persons, Searching, Administrative Procedures,
Intestate, Wills and Indemnity Template.

General Information, Definition, Recording Property, Duty of
Care, Audit, Packaging and Advice on how to deal with specific items &
useful contacts (Appendix 1)

Definition of Crime Related Exhibits and Police Powers.

Crime related exhibits

Risk Management, Considerations and Example Risk Register.

Sealing and packaging property, Signature seals, Separating
exhibits, Sealing / Opening / Resealing tamper evidence bags, Weapon
tubes.

Exhibits into police possession, Form 66, Book 101, Book 105, Book 110 and TOAST manual.

Best practice & Appendix 1

As you pointed out Sussex Constabulary’s Property Handling Policy is everything simple merged into 1 PDF document and released in its entirety. Therefore, there is no excuse that you can give to the Information Comissioners Office for withholding it as another force has proved it can be done and it is public, there should be no need for 8 seperate FoIs.

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,

Anthony Collins

Anthony Collins

Dear Alyson Parker | Information Manager | Information & Insight | Strategy &
Governance | MetHQ |
Metropolitan Police Service

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)'s handling of my FOI request 'Property handling policy'.

Further to your message

My request is for a specific matter "any additional guidance or policy regarding
securing a house of a crime scene of a deceased.
And the safeguarding, Securing and insurance of such properties
And the taking and storage of the contents of a home of a deceased crime victim."

From your list I have narrowed it down to 7 documents

Deceased persons, Searching, Administrative Procedures,
Intestate, Wills and Indemnity Template.

General Information, Definition, Recording Property, Duty of
Care, Audit, Packaging and Advice on how to deal with specific items &
useful contacts (Appendix 1)

Definition of Crime Related Exhibits and Police Powers.

Crime related exhibits

Risk Management, Considerations and Example Risk Register.

Sealing and packaging property, Signature seals, Separating
exhibits, Sealing / Opening / Resealing tamper evidence bags, Weapon
tubes.

Exhibits into police possession, Form 66, Book 101, Book 105, Book 110 and TOAST manual.

Best practice & Appendix 1

As you pointed out Sussex Constabulary’s Property Handling Policy is everything simple merged into 1 PDF document and released in its entirety. Therefore, there is no excuse that you can give to the Information Comissioners Office for withholding it as another force has proved it can be done and it is public, there should be no need for 8 seperate FoIs.

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,

Anthony Collins

Yours faithfully,

Anthony Collins

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Collins

Freedom of Information Review Reference No: 2018040000217

I write in connection with your request for a review of the handling
and/or decision relating to  2018030000369 which was received by the
Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on  06/04/2018.  

A review will now be conducted in accordance with the Code of Practice
issued under Section 45 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act).
 The reviewing officer will reconsider the original request before
responding to you with their findings.

There is no statutory time limit in relation to the completion of an
Internal Review.  However, the MPS aim to complete Internal Reviews within
20 working days or in exceptional cases, within 40 working days.  This is
based upon guidance published by the Information Commissioner.

If it is not possible to complete the Internal Review within this
timescale you will be informed at the earliest opportunity.

If you are unhappy with the outcome of an Internal Review you may wish to
refer the matter to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

For information on how to make an application to the Information
Commissioner please visit their website at www.ico.org.uk.  Alternatively,
write to or phone:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone:  0303 123 1113

Yours sincerely

R. Loizou
Support Officer - Freedom of Information Triage Team

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Dear Mr Collins

 

I am writing further in connection with your request for information which
was received by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 09/03/2018. 

 

I wrote to you on 6^th April to request clarification of your request and
your response was received by the MPS on 6^th April 2018 and forwarded to
me today, Tuesday 10^th April.

 

I note that you seek access to the following information:

 

"Please provide your authorities Property Handling Policy or equivalent
giving your version of of the information in sussexs

https://scanmail.trustwave.com/?c=10916&...

With any additional guidance or policy regarding to securing a house of a
deceased or crime scene. And the safeguarding, Securing and insurance of
such properties "

 

Re-defined on 6^th April:

 

“My request is for a specific matter  "any additional guidance or policy
regarding securing a house of a  crime scene of a deceased.

And the safeguarding, Securing and insurance of  such properties And the
taking and storage of the contents of a  home of a deceased crime victim."

 

From your list I have narrowed it down to 7 documents

 

Deceased persons, Searching, Administrative Procedures, Intestate, Wills
and Indemnity Template.

 

General Information, Definition, Recording Property, Duty of Care, Audit,
Packaging and Advice on how to deal with specific items & useful contacts
(Appendix 1)

 

Definition of Crime Related Exhibits and Police Powers.

 

Crime related exhibits

 

Risk Management, Considerations and Example Risk Register.

 

Sealing and packaging property, Signature seals, Separating exhibits,
Sealing / Opening / Resealing tamper evidence bags, Weapon tubes.

 

Exhibits into police possession, Form 66, Book 101, Book 105, Book 110 and
TOAST manual.

 

Best practice & Appendix 1”.

 

 

The deadline to respond to your request is today, however, I am unable to
send my final response to you today as I now need to consider your
re-defined request and assess information already collated. 

 

I am sorry that this will be disappointing news for you and apologise for
being unable to respond to your request within the 20 day deadline.  We
aim to respond to all requests as soon as possible and therefore once I am
in a position to move forward I will complete my actions as quickly as I
can. 

 

I will provide you with updates on your request every ten working days,
therefore, unless I am able to send my final response to you sooner, I
will email you with an update on Tuesday 24th April. 

 

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
contact me through the Information Rights Unit on 0207 161 6500 or direct
to me via email at [email address], quoting the reference
number above.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

Alyson Parker | Information Manager | Information & Insight | Strategy &
Governance | MetHQ |
Metropolitan Police Service

MetPhone 783500 | Telephone 020 7161 3500 |
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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Collins

Freedom of Information Review Reference No: 2018040000217

Further to our earlier correspondence dated 09/04/2018, I am now able to
provide a response to your complaint concerning Freedom of Information Act
(the Act) request reference number: 2018030000369.  

Section 10(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 states:

'Subject to subsections (2) and (3), a public authority must comply with
section 1(1) promptly and in any event not later than the twentieth
working day following the date of receipt.'

Your request is now overdue. In the circumstances of your request, neither
the information requested nor a refusal notice was provided to you within
20 working days. Therefore, the MPS have not complied with the
requirements of section 10 of the Act.

I have made enquiries with Alyson Parker, the Information Manager (IM)
with responsibility for your request. She has advised me that she has
contacted you and provided you with an apology and an update regarding the
progress of your requests. Her Line Manager has also been made aware of
the delay.

As a response to your request is currently outstanding, I am unable to
complete a full internal review in relation to your request. However,
should you be dissatisfied with the MPS response to your request, you may
request an internal review in relation to the decision.

I would like to take this opportunity to apologise on behalf of the MPS
for any inconvenience caused by the time taken to respond to your Freedom
of Information Act request. The progress of your request will continue to
be monitored and the issues you have raised have been recorded, enabling
us to provide a more efficient and effective service in the future.

If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of this Internal Review you have
the right to appeal the decision by contacting the Information
Commissioner's Office (ICO) for a decision on whether the request for
information has been dealt with in accordance with the requirements of the
FOIA.

For information on how to make an application to the Information
Commissioner please visit their website at www.ico.org.uk.  Alternatively,
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Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
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Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone:  0303 123 1113

Yours sincerely

Yvette Taylor
Information Manager

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Anthony Collins

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) are long overdue.

They have not replied to your FOI request Property handling policy,
as required by law.

Send a message to Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) telling them to reply to your request.

Ask for an internal review, asking them to find out why response to the request has been so slow.

Yours faithfully,

Anthony Collins

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Collins,

I am very sorry that you are still awaiting a response to your Freedom of Information Act request (the Act).

Unfortunately, the MPS is currently experiencing a high level of requests for information under the Act. We have recently set up a dedicated team to deal with these overdue requests.

Damion Baird has been assigned to deal with your request and I have asked him to deal with it as a priority.

I will continue to monitor the progress of your request. I apologise to the inconvenience caused to you by the delay

Thank you

Yvette Taylor - Information Manager - Freedom of Information Team, Information Rights Unit (IRU)
STRATEGY & GOVERNANCE, MetHQ
Metropolitan Police Service
MetPhone 780074 | Telephone 020 7161 0074 | E-Mail: [email address]   
Address - Information Rights Unit, PO Box 57192, London SW6 1SF

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Anthony Collins

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) are long overdue.

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) have not replied to your FOI request Property handling policy,
as required by law.

Yours faithfully,

Anthony Collins

Anthony Collins

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Further to your message
"Damion Baird has been assigned to deal with your request and I have asked him to deal with it as a priority.
I will continue to monitor the progress of your request. I apologise to the inconvenience caused to you by the delay"

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) are long overdue.

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) have not replied to your FOI request Property handling policy,
as required by law.

Yours faithfully,

Anthony Collins

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr. Collins

Thank you for your email which I have forwarded to Damion Baird. He will provide you with an update shortly.

Thank you

Yvette Taylor - Information Manager - Freedom of Information Team, Information Rights Unit (IRU)
STRATEGY & GOVERNANCE, MetHQ
Metropolitan Police Service
MetPhone 780074 | Telephone 020 7161 0074 | E-Mail: [email address]   
Address - Information Rights Unit, PO Box 57192, London SW6 1SF

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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Collins,

 

I write in connection with your request for information that was received
by the MPS on the 9^th of March 2018. I note that you seek access to the
following information:

 

"Please provide your authorities Property Handling Policy or equivalent
giving your version of of the information in sussexs

 

[1]https://scanmail.trustwave.com/?c=10916&...

 

With any additional guidance or policy regarding to securing a house of a
deceased or crime scene. And the safeguarding, Securing and insurance of
such properties "

 

I apologise for the continued delay in responding to your request.

 

Please allow me to explain the delay. On Tuesday 17th of April 2018, the
MPS created a team to complete all overdue Freedom of Information Act
requests. I am working on this team. Our team was collectively given in
excess of 200 requests to complete. This has caused a delay in completing
a number of requests, including your application.

 

I appreciate that you have made your request within the constraints of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 and rightly expect a response that is
prompt and within the 20 working time limit as prescribed by the Act. I am
sorry that I have not been able to meet this. However, please be assured
that I am treating your request with the highest priority and will respond
to you as quickly as is practicable.

 

Thank you for your continued patience.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Damion

0207 161 6510

 

 

 

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Dear Mr Collins,

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2018030000369

I write in response to your request for information that was received by
the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 09 March 2018. I apologise for
the delay in responding to your request and for any inconvenience caused.
I note that you seek access to the following information:

"Please provide your authorities Property Handling Policy or equivalent
giving your version of of the information in sussexs

https://scanmail.trustwave.com/?c=10916&...

With any additional guidance or policy regarding to securing a house of a
deceased or crime scene. And the safeguarding, Securing and insurance of
such properties"

When a request for information is made under the Freedom of Information
Act 2000 (the Act), a public authority must inform you, when permitted,
whether the information requested is held. It must then communicate that
information to you. If a public authority decides that it cannot comply
with all or part of a request, it must cite the appropriate section or
exemption of the Act and provide you with an explanation. It is important
to note that a Freedom of Information Act request is not a private
transaction. Both the request itself and any information disclosed are
considered suitable for open publication, that is, once access to
information is granted to one person under the Act, it is then considered
public information and must be communicated to any individual should a
request be received. Any information released under the Act is also
published upon the MPS website.

Following receipt of your request, I have conducted searches to locate
information relevant to your request. These searches located the 'MPS
Exhibits and Property Manual' and the 'MPS Retention and Disposal of
Criminal Exhibits Flowchart'.
DECISION
I have disclosed the located documents to you in redacted format, that is
I have removed the telephone numbers and email addresses from the
requested documents. I have removed this information as it would allow
living individuals to be identified and contacted. I have also removed the
location of the MPS property store and another MPS building. I have
removed this information as its publication would allow those that would
wish to disrupt the operation of the MPS, to do so. A series of asterisks
(***********) denote where information has been removed. The formal
Refusal Notice in respect of the information redacted, including the
relevant sections of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, is given in the
section titled 'Legal Annex' below.
COMPLAINT RIGHTS
This notice concludes your request for information. I would like to thank
you for your interest in the MPS.

Your attention is drawn to the attached sheet which details your right of
complaint. Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter,
please write or contact Damion Baird on telephone number 0207 161 6510
quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Damion Baird

LEGAL ANNEX
Explanation of Exemption Claimed under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
Section 31(1)(a) - Law Enforcement: Qualified Exemptions / Prejudice Based
Under Section 31(1)(a) of the Act, Public Authorities are able to withhold
information if its release would be likely to prejudice the prevention or
detection of crime.

I have claimed Section 31 of the Act, in that the publication of the
location of the MPS property store and a separate MPS building, would
allow those that would wish to disrupt the operation of the MPS, to do so.
This would inturn, adversely affect the ability of the MPS to prevent and
detect crime.

Section 31 of the Act is both a qualified and prejudice based exemption. I
am accordingly required to conduct a public interest test to determine
whether the 'public interest' lies in disclosing or withholding the
requested information. In addition to conducting a public interest test, I
must also establish the nature of the prejudice/harm that may result from
disclosure and where prejudice/harm is established but not certain,
determine the likelihood of it occurring.

Please find the public interest test considerations that I have identified
and considered in relation to claiming Section 31(1)(a) of the Act.
Considerations Favouring Disclosure

Transparency
The MPS is a public authority and should be open and transparent with the
general public. The public release of the locations of MPS buildings would
demonstrate that the MPS is prepared to be open and transparent with the
general public.  
Considerations Favouring Non-Disclosure

Efficient and Effective Conduct of the Police Service
Under the Freedom of Information Act, information that is released is
considered public information. The Freedom of Information Act accordingly,
makes police information available to those interested in the MPS but also
those that may do harm with that information. MPS buildings are a target
for those that would wish to disrupt the operation of the MPS. The release
of the location of an MPS Property Store and a separate MPS building would
give persons that would seek to distrust the operation of the MPS, with a
target, contrary to the public interest.
EVALUATION
When evaluating what is in the public interest, I have to consider whether
the public interest lies in favour of releasing information into the
public domain or whether there is sufficient reason to support withholding
the requested information.

Having considered the information requested for release, I acknowledge
that there is an inherent public interest in transparency with the general
pubic. Whilst this interest is acknowledged, it is clear that releasing
the location of certain MPS buildings, in this case being a property store
and another MPS building, would provide those that would seek to disrupt
the operation of the MPS, with a target. Given that, with the exception of
adherence to the general principle of transparency, I have identified no
public value or benefit to publishing the locations of MPS buildings, I
have found that release, given the risk of offending of these locations,
is not in public interest. I have accordingly refused this part of your
request.
Section 40 (2) & (3) - Personal Information: Absolute Exemption/Class
Based
Section 40(2)(a)(b) of the Act provides that any information to which a
request for information relates, is exempt information if the first
condition of Section 40(3)(a)(i) is satisfied. The first condition of
Section 40(3)(a)(i) states that information is exempt if its disclosure
would contravene any of the data protection principles.

The eight principles of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) govern the way
in which data controllers must manage personal information. Principle one
of the DPA provides that personal data must be processed fairly and
lawfully. In view of this requirement, I have removed a number of
telephone numbers and email addresses from the requested documents. I have
removed this information as it would allow a members of staff working at
these locations to be identified and/or contacted. I consider that this
would be unfair to these members of staff. In reaching my decision, I have
given due regard to Condition one and six of Schedule 2 of the DPA.
Condition one of the DPA requires that consideration is given to whether
consent for disclosure has been given whilst Condition six requires that
consideration is given to whether disclosure would constitute legitimate
processing of that data. I have found that as no prior consent has been
given to release this information and in the case of legitimate
processing, the release of this personal data would be unexpected and
subsequently unfair, that it is appropriate not to release this
information. I also consider that the information redacted is not central
to the records requested and does not detract from them.

The provision to refuse access to information under Section 40(2)(a)(b)
and (3)(a)(i) of the Act is both absolute and class based. When this
exemption is claimed, it is accepted that harm would result from
disclosure. There is accordingly no requirement to demonstrate what that
harm may be in refusing access to information.

Exemptions Claimed under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

Section 17(1) of the Act provides:

"(1) A public authority which, in relation to any request for information,
is to any extent relying on a claim that any provision in part II relating
to the duty to confirm or deny is relevant to the request or on a claim
that information is exempt information must, within the time for complying
with section 1(1), give the applicant a notice which-
(a) states the fact,
(b) specifies the exemption in question, and
(c) states (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption
applies."
Section 31(1)(a)&(b) of the Act provides:
"(1)Information which is not exempt information by virtue of section 30 is
exempt information if its disclosure under this Act would, or would be
likely to, prejudice-
(a)the prevention or detection of crime,
(b)the apprehension or prosecution of offenders"
Section 40(2)(a)(b) and Section 40(3)(a)(i) of the Act provides:

"(1) Any information to which a request for information relates is exempt
information if it constitutes personal data of which the applicant is the
data subject.
(2) Any information to which a request for information relates is also
exempt information if-
(a) it constitutes personal data which do not fall within subsection (1),
and
(b) either the first or the second condition below is satisfied.
(3) The first condition is-
(a) in a case where the information falls within any of paragraphs (a) to
(d) of the definition of "data" in section 1(1) of the Data Protection Act
1998, that the disclosure of the information to a member of the public
otherwise than under this Act would contravene-
(i) any of the data protection principles"

In complying with their statutory duty under sections 1 and 11 of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 to release the enclosed information, the
Metropolitan Police Service 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 MPS Directorate of Legal
Services, 10 Lambs Conduit Street, London, WC1N 3NR.
 

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 the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to
review their decision.

Prior to lodging a formal complaint you are welcome to discuss the
response with the case officer who dealt with your request.  

Complaint

If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision of
the MPS made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding
access to information you can lodge a complaint with the MPS to have the
decision reviewed.

Complaints should be made in writing, within forty (40) working days from
the date of the refusal notice, and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Information Rights Unit
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF
[email address]

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 20 working days.

The Information Commissioner

After lodging a complaint with the MPS 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 www.ico.org.uk.  Alternatively, write to or
phone:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone: 0303 123 1113

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Anthony Collins

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Missing from my request are the following

· Deceased persons, Searching, Administrative Procedures,
Intestate, Wills and Indemnity Template.

· Best practice & Appendix 1

· General Information, Definition, Recording Property, Duty of
Care, Audit, Packaging and Advice on how to deal with specific items &
useful contacts (Appendix 1)

· Sealing and packaging property, Signature seals, Separating
exhibits, Sealing / Opening / Resealing tamper evidence bags, Weapon
tubes.

· Exhibits into police possession, Form 66, Book 101, Book 105,
Book 110 and TOAST manual.

· Definition of Crime Related Exhibits and Police Powers.

· Crime related exhibits

· Risk Management, Considerations and Example Risk Register.

AND

specifically when the police seize a house as part of an investigation,
duties responsibilities and how to care and insure the risk

Yours faithfully,

Anthony Collins

Anthony Collins

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Missing are the following

· Deceased persons, Searching, Administrative Procedures,
Intestate, Wills and Indemnity Template.

· Best practice & Appendix 1

· General Information, Definition, Recording Property, Duty of
Care, Audit, Packaging and Advice on how to deal with specific items &
useful contacts (Appendix 1)

· Sealing and packaging property, Signature seals, Separating
exhibits, Sealing / Opening / Resealing tamper evidence bags, Weapon
tubes.

· Exhibits into police possession, Form 66, Book 101, Book 105,
Book 110 and TOAST manual.

· Definition of Crime Related Exhibits and Police Powers.

· Crime related exhibits

· Risk Management, Considerations and Example Risk Register.

AND

specifically when the police seize a house as part of an investigation,
duties responsibilities and how to care and insure the risk

Yours faithfully,

Anthony Collins

Anthony Collins

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Missing are

· Deceased persons, Searching, Administrative Procedures,
Intestate, Wills and Indemnity Template.

· Best practice & Appendix 1

· General Information, Definition, Recording Property, Duty of
Care, Audit, Packaging and Advice on how to deal with specific items &
useful contacts (Appendix 1)

· Sealing and packaging property, Signature seals, Separating
exhibits, Sealing / Opening / Resealing tamper evidence bags, Weapon
tubes.

· Exhibits into police possession, Form 66, Book 101, Book 105,
Book 110 and TOAST manual.

· Definition of Crime Related Exhibits and Police Powers.

· Crime related exhibits

· Risk Management, Considerations and Example Risk Register.

AND

specifically when the police seize a house as part of an investigation,
duties responsibilities and how to care and insure the risk

Yours faithfully,

Anthony Collins

Anthony Collins

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Missing specifically when the police seize a house as part of an investigation,
duties responsibilities and how to care and insure the risk

Yours faithfully,

Anthony Collins

Anthony Collins

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

specifically when the police seize a house as part of an investigation,
duties responsibilities and how to care and insure the risk

Yours faithfully,

Anthony Collins

Anthony Collins

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Missing from my request

specifically when the police seize a house as part of an investigation,
duties responsibilities and how to care and insure the risk

and the following

· Deceased persons, Searching, Administrative Procedures,
Intestate, Wills and Indemnity Template.

· Best practice & Appendix 1

· General Information, Definition, Recording Property, Duty of
Care, Audit, Packaging and Advice on how to deal with specific items &
useful contacts (Appendix 1)

· Sealing and packaging property, Signature seals, Separating
exhibits, Sealing / Opening / Resealing tamper evidence bags, Weapon
tubes.

· Exhibits into police possession, Form 66, Book 101, Book 105,
Book 110 and TOAST manual.

· Definition of Crime Related Exhibits and Police Powers.

· Crime related exhibits

· Risk Management, Considerations and Example Risk Register.

Yours faithfully,

Anthony Collins

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Collins

Freedom of Information Review Reference No: 2018060000799

I write in connection with your request for a review of the handling
and/or decision relating to  2018030000369 which was received by the
Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on  20/06/2018.  

A review will now be conducted in accordance with the Code of Practice
issued under Section 45 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act).
 The reviewing officer will reconsider the original request before
responding to you with their findings.

There is no statutory time limit in relation to the completion of an
Internal Review.  However, the MPS aim to complete Internal Reviews within
20 working days or in exceptional cases, within 40 working days.  This is
based upon guidance published by the Information Commissioner.

If it is not possible to complete the Internal Review within this
timescale you will be informed at the earliest opportunity.

If you are unhappy with the outcome of an Internal Review you may wish to
refer the matter to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

For information on how to make an application to the Information
Commissioner please visit their website at www.ico.org.uk.  Alternatively,
write to or phone:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone:  0303 123 1113

Yours sincerely

R. Loizou
Support Officer - Freedom of Information Triage Team

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Anthony Collins

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

This is long overdue Missing from my request

specifically when the police seize a house as part of an investigation,
duties responsibilities and how to care and insure the risk

and the following

· Deceased persons, Searching, Administrative Procedures,
Intestate, Wills and Indemnity Template.

· Best practice & Appendix 1

· General Information, Definition, Recording Property, Duty of
Care, Audit, Packaging and Advice on how to deal with specific items &
useful contacts (Appendix 1)

· Sealing and packaging property, Signature seals, Separating
exhibits, Sealing / Opening / Resealing tamper evidence bags, Weapon
tubes.

· Exhibits into police possession, Form 66, Book 101, Book 105,
Book 110 and TOAST manual.

· Definition of Crime Related Exhibits and Police Powers.

· Crime related exhibits

· Risk Management, Considerations and Example Risk Register.

Yours faithfully,

Anthony Collins

Anthony Collins

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

This is overdue

Missing from my request

specifically when the police seize a house as part of an investigation,
duties responsibilities and how to care and insure the risk

and the following

· Deceased persons, Searching, Administrative Procedures,
Intestate, Wills and Indemnity Template.

· Best practice & Appendix 1

· General Information, Definition, Recording Property, Duty of
Care, Audit, Packaging and Advice on how to deal with specific items &
useful contacts (Appendix 1)

· Sealing and packaging property, Signature seals, Separating
exhibits, Sealing / Opening / Resealing tamper evidence bags, Weapon
tubes.

· Exhibits into police possession, Form 66, Book 101, Book 105,
Book 110 and TOAST manual.

· Definition of Crime Related Exhibits and Police Powers.

· Crime related exhibits

· Risk Management, Considerations and Example Risk Register.

Yours faithfully,

Anthony Collins

Anthony Collins

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

This was Missing from my request

specifically when the police seize a house as part of an investigation,
duties responsibilities and how to care and insure the risk

and the following

· Deceased persons, Searching, Administrative Procedures,
Intestate, Wills and Indemnity Template.

· Best practice & Appendix 1

· General Information, Definition, Recording Property, Duty of
Care, Audit, Packaging and Advice on how to deal with specific items &
useful contacts (Appendix 1)

· Sealing and packaging property, Signature seals, Separating
exhibits, Sealing / Opening / Resealing tamper evidence bags, Weapon
tubes.

· Exhibits into police possession, Form 66, Book 101, Book 105,
Book 110 and TOAST manual.

· Definition of Crime Related Exhibits and Police Powers.

· Crime related exhibits

· Risk Management, Considerations and Example Risk Register.

Yours faithfully,

Anthony Collins

Anthony Collins

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

This is Missing from my request

specifically when the police seize a house as part of an investigation,
duties responsibilities and how to care and insure the risk

and the following

· Deceased persons, Searching, Administrative Procedures,
Intestate, Wills and Indemnity Template.

· Best practice & Appendix 1

· General Information, Definition, Recording Property, Duty of
Care, Audit, Packaging and Advice on how to deal with specific items &
useful contacts (Appendix 1)

· Sealing and packaging property, Signature seals, Separating
exhibits, Sealing / Opening / Resealing tamper evidence bags, Weapon
tubes.

· Exhibits into police possession, Form 66, Book 101, Book 105,
Book 110 and TOAST manual.

· Definition of Crime Related Exhibits and Police Powers.

· Crime related exhibits

· Risk Management, Considerations and Example Risk Register.

Yours faithfully,

Anthony Collins

Anthony Collins

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

This was Missing

specifically when the police seize a house as part of an investigation,
duties responsibilities and how to care and insure the risk

and the following

· Deceased persons, Searching, Administrative Procedures,
Intestate, Wills and Indemnity Template.

· Best practice & Appendix 1

· General Information, Definition, Recording Property, Duty of
Care, Audit, Packaging and Advice on how to deal with specific items &
useful contacts (Appendix 1)

· Sealing and packaging property, Signature seals, Separating
exhibits, Sealing / Opening / Resealing tamper evidence bags, Weapon
tubes.

· Exhibits into police possession, Form 66, Book 101, Book 105,
Book 110 and TOAST manual.

· Definition of Crime Related Exhibits and Police Powers.

· Crime related exhibits

· Risk Management, Considerations and Example Risk Register.

Yours faithfully,

Anthony Collins

Anthony Collins

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Missing

specifically when the police seize a house as part of an investigation,
duties responsibilities and how to care and insure the risk

and the following

· Deceased persons, Searching, Administrative Procedures,
Intestate, Wills and Indemnity Template.

· Best practice & Appendix 1

· General Information, Definition, Recording Property, Duty of
Care, Audit, Packaging and Advice on how to deal with specific items &
useful contacts (Appendix 1)

· Sealing and packaging property, Signature seals, Separating
exhibits, Sealing / Opening / Resealing tamper evidence bags, Weapon
tubes.

· Exhibits into police possession, Form 66, Book 101, Book 105,
Book 110 and TOAST manual.

· Definition of Crime Related Exhibits and Police Powers.

· Crime related exhibits

· Risk Management, Considerations and Example Risk Register.

Yours faithfully,

Anthony Collins

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Collins

Freedom of Information Review Reference No: 2018060000799

I write in connection with your request for a review of the handling
and/or decision relating to  2018030000369 which was received by the
Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on  20/06/2018.  

I have unfortunately been unable to complete a full internal review within
our target response time of 20 working days.  The MPS endeavour to respond
to your complaint as soon as possible and in any case no later than
15/08/2018.

Should there be any unforeseen delay, I will contact you and update you as
soon as possible.

Please accept my apologies for the delay and thank you for your patience

Yours sincerely

Yvette Taylor
Information Manager

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Dear Mr Collins
Freedom of Information Review Reference No: 2018060000799

Further to our earlier correspondence dated 21/06/2018, I am now able to
provide a response to your complaint concerning Freedom of Information Act
(FOIA) request reference number: 2018030000369.  

Background to your complaint:

This review concentrates on the following request that you submitted to
the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 09/03/2018:

"Please provide your authorities Property Handling Policy or equivalent
giving your version of of the information in sussexs
https://scanmail.trustwave.com/?c=10916&...
With any additional guidance or policy regarding to securing a house of a
deceased or crime scene. And the safeguarding, Securing and insurance of
such properties"

On 20/06/2018, we provided you with the MPS Exhibits and Property Manual
and MPS Retention and Disposal of Criminal Exhibits flowchart:

On the same date, you complained as follows:

Missing from my request

specifically when the police seize a house as part of an investigation,
duties responsibilities and how to  care and insure the risk

and the following

·         Deceased persons, Searching, Administrative Procedures,
Intestate, Wills and Indemnity Template.

·         Best practice & Appendix 1

·         General Information, Definition, Recording Property, Duty of
Care, Audit, Packaging and Advice on how to deal with specific items &
useful contacts (Appendix 1)

·         Sealing and packaging property, Signature seals, Separating
exhibits, Sealing / Opening / Resealing tamper evidence bags, Weapon
tubes.

·         Exhibits into police possession, Form 66, Book 101, Book 105,
Book 110 and TOAST manual.

·         Definition of Crime Related Exhibits and Police Powers.

·         Crime related exhibits

·         Risk Management, Considerations and Example Risk Register.

DECISION

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has completed its review and has
decided to uphold our original decision

REASON FOR DECISION

Having reviewed the two documents provided to you, I am uncertain if you
have received and / or reviewed the information provided to you as the
documents contain the information you have requested. In case there was an
error in transmission of the documents to you, I have attached them to
this response. If however, you require additional information as a result
of the disclosure provided to you, this would have to be submitted as a
new FOIA request.

In relation to the following:

With any additional guidance or policy regarding to securing a house of a
deceased or crime scene. And the safeguarding, Securing and insurance of
such properties"

Please see the below extracts from the Exhibits and Property Manual that
was provided to you. I have highlighted pertinent parts:

4. Deceased persons

Introduction
Police officers are often called to deal with incidents in which people
have died . The aim should be
to ensure that property of a deceased person which comes into police
possession is disposed of as
quickly as possible and to the right person . Disposal of deceased
persons' exhibit / property is often
complex, given the strict laws which govern inheri tance and intestacy .
Officers are advised to
contact Directorate of Legal Services for advice when dealing with
deceased persons ' exhibit /
property.

4.3 Special instructions in relation to private premises
An inventory must be created. Articles of special value , (for example ,
art , antiques jewellery and
cameras), will be described in detail , (including serial numbers or other
unique identifying marks) ,
but such things as clothing, furniture, pictures and books need only be
counted . Phrases like
"quantity of' are not acceptable since they permit misappropriation. The
list must include any
pertinent documents such as Wills , potential exhibits (for example
suicide notes or threatening
letters) bank or saving books with their account numbers and current
balances, etc . Details of coins
and number of each denomination of notes and the amount found in
individual purses , boxes and so
on should be shown to assist in establishing ownership in the event of a
dispute .
Whenever possible property should be left, against receipt , with the
occupier of the premises , a
relative , (who for this purpose need not be a blood relative) , or any
other trustworthy person, except
for Wills, or any letters found or any item which might have a bearing on
the cause of death and
would be likely to be required at an inquest. Confirmation of the identity
of the relative must be
made. A photocopy of the document confirming their identity should be made
in case of future
dispute from another relative who may feel that they have a greater claim
on the property . Where no
blood relative or spouse can be found at the time and it is not known if a
Will exists , the person
taking charge of the property must be referred to the Treasury Solicitor
at Queen Anne 's Chambers,
28 Broadway, London SWH1 9JS , for instructions as to disposal .

Otherwise any unprotected property of value, which can reasonably be
removed , will be taken into
police possession and deposited at the police station . The premises must
be left secure.

4.504 Inspection of property
In cases where probate /admon is required , a solicitor representing the
beneficiary can be allowed to
inspect exhibit / property if needed. No exhibit / property should be
released, although photocopies
of the deceased's documents can be made . Where solicitors are outside
London and are therefore
unable to examine exhibit / property or where building society books need
updating prior to
obtaining probate/admon, exhibit / property can be released provided the
solicitors give a
'conditional unde rtaking that the exhibit / property released is held to
the order of the Commissioner
of the Metropolit an Police and will be returned to him upon demand and
that they will only be
released from such an undertaking upon production of a Grant of Probate or
Letters of
Administration.

In relation to:
Best practice & Appendix 1

·         General Information, Definition, Recording Property, Duty of
Care, Audit, Packaging and Advice on how to deal with specific items &
useful contacts (Appendix 1)
 
This information is contained on pages 41 & 42 of the document provided to
you

In relation to:

Sealing and packaging property, Signature seals, Separating
exhibits, Sealing / Opening / Resealing tamper evidence bags, Weapon
tubes.

This information is located at 2.3 of the attached document.

In relation to:

  Exhibits into police possession, Form 66, Book 101, Book 105,
Book 110 and TOAST manual.

·         Definition of Crime Related Exhibits and Police Powers.

·         Crime related exhibits

·         Risk Management, Considerations and Example Risk Register.

This information is located in Section 2 - 2.1 - 2.4

Section 16 - Advice and assistance:

It is not clear from you complaint email but, if as a result of the
receipt of the information we sent in response to your FOIA request, you
require additional information such as Form 66, Book 101, Book 105, Book
110 and TOAST manual, you will need to submit these as new requests for
information.

With respect to your request for the following information: 'With any
additional guidance or policy regarding to securing a house of a deceased
or crime scene. And the safeguarding, Securing and insurance of such
properties", it is unclear from your request if this question relates
solely to properties of deceased for which we have provided you with
information.

There is no specific MPS policy on securing a house of a deceased or crime
scene. And the safeguarding, Securing and insurance of such properties.
Should a resident find that their house has been seized as part of an
investigation, then the investigating police officer will be able to offer
specific guidance at that point, which will be particular to that
investigation. As you will see from the information provided to you,
Disposal of deceased persons' exhibit / property is often complex, given
the strict laws which govern inheri tance and intestacy . Officers are
advised to contact Directorate of Legal Services for advice when dealing
with deceased persons ' exhibit /property.

 If however, your question relates to crime scenes in general, the MPS
Standard Operating Procedures for the primary and secondary investigation
of crime may also be of use to you:

https://www.met.police.uk/SysSiteAssets/...

Also the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 Code B - Police powers of
searching of premises and seizure of property

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk...

Additionally, the College of Policing produces guidance for police forces
which includes the following:

Exhibts management
Managing scenes
identifying scenes
securing the scene
preserving the scene
releasing the scene

I have provided the relevant link below:

https://www.app.college.police.uk/app-co...

If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of this Internal Review you have
the right to appeal the decision by contacting the Information
Commissioner's Office (ICO) for a decision on whether the request for
information has been dealt with in accordance with the requirements of the
FOIA.

For information on how to make an application to the Information
Commissioner please visit their website at www.ico.org.uk.  Alternatively,
write to or phone:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone:  0303 123 1113

Yours sincerely

Yvette Taylor
Information Manager

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email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
reached with other employees or agents.  The security of this email and
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but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

 

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)'s handling of my FOI request

Property As detailed in my request I do require a copy of Form 66, Book 101, Book 105, Book
110 and TOAST manual

Also the how Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) covers the insurance and liability
for a seized a house crime scene in case of damage to the house while under MPS possession

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,

Anthony Collins

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

I am writing to request an internal review of Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)'s handling of my FOI request

Property As detailed in my request I do require a copy of Form 66, Book 101, Book 105, Book
110 and TOAST manual

Also the how Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) covers the insurance and liability
for a seized a house crime scene in case of damage to the house while under MPS possession

Yours faithfully,

Anthony Collins

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

As detailed in my request I do require a copy of Form 66, Book 101, Book 105, Book
110 and TOAST manual

Also the how Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) covers the insurance and liability
for a seized a house crime scene in case of damage to the house while under MPS possession

Yours faithfully,

Anthony Collins

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Property

As detailed in my request I do require a copy of Form 66, Book 101, Book 105, Book
110 and TOAST manual

Also the how Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) covers the insurance and liability
for a seized a house crime scene in case of damage to the house while under MPS possession

Yours faithfully,

Anthony Collins

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

in my request I do require a copy of Form 66, Book 101, Book 105, Book
110 and TOAST manual

Also the how Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) covers the insurance and liability
for a seized a house crime scene in case of damage to the house while under MPS possession

Yours faithfully,

Anthony Collins

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

As request I do require a copy of Form 66, Book 101, Book 105, Book
110 and TOAST manual

Also the how Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) covers the insurance and liability
for a seized a house crime scene in case of damage to the house while under MPS possession

Yours faithfully,

Anthony Collins

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

I do require a copy of Form 66, Book 101, Book 105, Book
110 and TOAST manual

Also the how Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) covers the insurance and liability
for a seized a house crime scene in case of damage to the house while under MPS possession

Yours faithfully,

Anthony Collins

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Collins

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2018080000334

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 05/08/2018.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

"I am writing to request an internal review of Metropolitan Police Service
(MPS)'s handling of my FOI request

Property As detailed in my request I do require a copy of Form 66, Book
101, Book 105, Book
110 and TOAST manual

Also the how Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) covers the insurance and
liability for a seized a house crime scene in case of damage to the house
while under MPS possession"

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.  

If you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please contact
us at [email address] or on the phone at 0207 161 3500, quoting the
reference number above. Should your enquiry relate to the logging or
allocations process we will be able to assist you directly and where your
enquiry relates to other matters (such as the status of the request) we
will be able to pass on a message and/or advise you of the relevant
contact details.

Yours sincerely

R. Loizou
Support Officer - Freedom of Information Triage Team
 
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 the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to
review their decision.

Prior to lodging a formal complaint you are welcome to discuss the
response with the case officer who dealt with your request.  

Complaint

If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision of
the MPS made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding
access to information you can lodge a complaint with the MPS to have the
decision reviewed.

Complaints should be made in writing, within forty (40) working days from
the date of the refusal notice, and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Information Rights Unit
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF
[email address]

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 20 working days.

The Information Commissioner

After lodging a complaint with the MPS 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 www.ico.org.uk.  Alternatively, write to or
phone:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone: 0303 123 1113

Consider our environment - please do not print this email unless
absolutely necessary.

NOTICE - This email and any attachments may be confidential, subject to
copyright and/or legal privilege and are intended solely for the use of
the intended recipient. If you have received this email in error, please
notify the sender and delete it from your system.  To avoid incurring
legal liabilities, you must not distribute or copy the information in this
email without the permission of the sender. MPS communication systems are
monitored to the extent permitted by law.  Consequently, any email and/or
attachments may be read by monitoring staff. Only specified personnel are
authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
reached with other employees or agents.  The security of this email and
any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned
but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

 

Find us at:

Facebook: [1]https://m.facebook.com/metpoliceuk

Twitter: @metpoliceuk

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

The response to your request is long overdue.

By law, under all circumstances, the authority should have responded by now

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)'s handling of my FOI request 'Property handling policy'.

Property As detailed in my request I do require a copy of Form 66, Book
101, Book 105, Book
110 and TOAST manual

Also the how Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) covers the insurance and
liability for a seized a house crime scene in case of damage to the house
while under MPS possession"

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,

Anthony Collins

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

The response to your request is long overdue.

By law, under all circumstances, the authority should have responded by now

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

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,

Anthony Collins

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

By law, under all circumstances, the authority should have responded by now

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)'s handling of my FOI request 'Property handling policy'.

Property As detailed in my request I do require a copy of Form 66, Book
101, Book 105, Book
110 and TOAST manual

Also the how Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) covers the insurance and
liability for a seized a house crime scene in case of damage to the house
while under MPS possession"

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,

Anthony Collins

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

By law, under all circumstances, the authority should have responded by now

I am writing to request an internal review of Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)'s handling of my FOI request 'Property handling policy'.

Property As detailed in my request I do require a copy of Form 66, Book
101, Book 105, Book
110 and TOAST manual

Also the how Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) covers the insurance and
liability for a seized a house crime scene in case of damage to the house
while under MPS possession"

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,

Anthony Collins

Dear Yvette Taylor - Information Manager - Freedom of Information Team, Information Rights Unit (IRU)
STRATEGY & GOVERNANCE, MetHQ
Metropolitan Police Service

The response to your request is long overdue.

By law, under all circumstances, the authority should have responded by now

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)'s handling of my FOI request 'Property handling policy'.

Property As detailed in my request I do require a copy of Form 66, Book
101, Book 105, Book
110 and TOAST manual

Also the how Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) covers the insurance and
liability for a seized a house crime scene in case of damage to the house
while under MPS possession"

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,

Anthony Collins

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

2 Attachments

Case reference: 2018060000799

Dear Mr Collins,

With reference to your 5 emails received today, it appears from our
records that we have complied with your requests under the Freedom of
Information Act. We have provided you with a response to your request for
an internal review  and your FOIA requests. Please see below the email
that was sent to you on 4/8/18. As detailed in my response, if you are not
content with the outcome of the internal review you have a right of appeal
to the ICO.
If you are referring to any other matters, please provide the relevant
reference numbers so we can look into the matter further.

Kind Regards

Yvette Taylor
Information Manager
.
 From: Yvette Taylor/mps
 Date: 04/08/2018 09:02:38
 To: [FOI #469648 email]
 bcc: [email address]
 Subject: MPS Response to complaint 2018060000799

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