Protection of extreme fossil fuel operations

Brigitte Lechner made this Freedom of Information request to Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner

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Dear Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner,

My request for information falls within the context of extreme energy extraction such as is the case in Barton Moss. Extreme technology operations are being, and continue to be, forced upon communities in the Greater Manchester area. Community protest is costly as shown in Balcombe, Sussex, where police protection of extreme fossil fuel companies totalled some £3 million and was funded by the taxpayer.

Question 1: Are Greater Manchester police services to fossil fuel companies tax-payer funded?

Question 2: What provisions are in place to allow officers to refuse deployment in the service of protecting extreme fossil fuel company property? Can you give assurances that for such officers there will not be any negative consequences to such a request.

Question 3: Please supply your policy document showing arrangements for payment of police services rendered to major public events organisers such as football stadia.

Yours faithfully,

Brigitte Lechner

GMPCC Info, Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner

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Park, Nikki, Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner

Dear Brigitte

Thank you for your email.

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester does not hold specific information with regards to your request.

Please could I ask that you direct your request to the Freedom of Information Team at Greater Manchester Police using the following email address:

[email address]

I hope this is helpful.

Kind regards
Nikki

Nikki Park
Head of Executive Services
Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester
Civic Centre Complex
Chorley Road
Swinton
M27 5DA
 
0161 793 3036
[email address]
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Dear Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner's handling of my FOI request 'Protection of extreme fossil fuel operations'.

The link given above does not connect me with the appropriate person. I do not wish to broadcast my request in a facebook page. I cannot understand why you would not pass my enquiry to the appropriate person yourself.

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,

Brigitte Lechner

Park, Nikki, Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner

Dear Brigitte

Thank you for your email. I am not sure why the email link did not work but I am happy to forward your request on to Greater Manchester Police. The reason we do not do this automatically is to give the person making the request the option of whether they want this to be forwarded on or not. It would not be right for us to assume we can just forward this on.

I will forward your request to Greater Manchester Police today and copy you in.

Kind regards
Nikki

Nikki Park
Head of Executive Services
Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester
Civic Centre Complex
Chorley Road
Swinton
M27 5DA

0161 793 3036
[email address]

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Park, Nikki, Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner

Dear All

Please see the email below. Brigitte emailed the Commissioner's office on 28th January, 2014, as the email link below to yourselves had not worked. I emailed Brigitte today to say I would forward the email on myself. Please could you look into this FOI request and respond to Brigitte direct.

Kind regards
Nikki

Nikki Park
Head of Executive Services
Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester
Civic Centre Complex
Chorley Road
Swinton
M27 5DA

0161 793 3036
[email address]

Dear Brigitte

Thank you for your email.

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester does not hold specific information with regards to your request.

Please could I ask that you direct your request to the Freedom of Information Team at Greater Manchester Police using the following email address:

[email address]

I hope this is helpful.

Kind regards
Nikki

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Dear Park, Nikki,

Thank you very much for your kind offer.

Yours sincerely,

Brigitte Lechner

Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner

Dear Ms Lechner

Our Ref:  GSA  346/14

I write in connection with your request for information  received by
Greater Manchester Police on 4 February 2014.    I understand there was
some difficulty in your request being passed from the PCC's office to GMP,
so please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.    I note you
require access to the following information:

As per email below

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
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party.
In some circumstances Greater Manchester Police may be unable to achieve
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Kind regards

Information Compliance & Records Management Unit

From: "Park, Nikki" <[email address]>
To: "'[email address]'"
<[email address]>
Cc: "'[FOI #187299 email]'"
<[FOI #187299 email]>
Date: 04/02/2014 10:27
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Protection of extreme fossil
fuel operations

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Dear All

Please see the email below. Brigitte emailed the Commissioner's office on
28th January, 2014, as the email link below to yourselves had not worked.
I emailed Brigitte today to say I would forward the email on myself.
Please could you look into this FOI request and respond to Brigitte
direct.

Kind regards
Nikki

Nikki Park
Head of Executive Services
Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester
Civic Centre Complex
Chorley Road
Swinton
M27 5DA

0161 793 3036
[email address]

Dear Brigitte

Thank you for your email.

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester
does not hold specific information with regards to your request.

Please could I ask that you direct your request to the Freedom of
Information Team at Greater Manchester Police using the following email
address:

[email address]

I hope this is helpful.

Kind regards
Nikki

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Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner

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Dear Brigitte

With reference to your recent FOI request please see the attached.

Regards

Philip Humphreys
Information Compliance & Records Management Unit
Information Services Branch
Greater Manchester Police
Tel 0161 856 2529
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Dear Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner's handling of my FOI request 'Protection of extreme fossil fuel operations'.

My request relates to question 2 of my original submission relating to the option to opt out or otherwise of officers deployed at Barton Moss IGas drill site. I have not been given a reason for refusal. Deployment policy is surely a widely known factor so that unavailability of information could not possibly obtain.

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,

Brigitte Lechner

Battersby, Nigel, Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner

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Dear Brigitte

I refer to your request for an internal review of the decision of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester sent to you by email on the 28 November 2013 in accordance with section 1 (1) (a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, refusing your request for disclosure of information on the grounds that the information you requested is not held by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

This review has been carried out by Nigel Battersby, Solicitor, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester.

You request a review of the response provided to Question 2 of your original submission, namely," What provisions are in place to allow officers to refuse deployment in the service of protecting extreme fossil fuel company property? Can you give assurances that for such officers there will not be any negative consequences to such a request".

You consider that you have not been given a reason for refusal and that deployment policy is surely a widely known factor so that unavailability of information could not possibly obtain.

The original response provided to your request was that "the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester does not hold specific information with regards to your request".

It was recommended that you direct your request to the Freedom of Information Team at Greater Manchester Police and as you experienced difficulty using the email link provided, on 4 February 2014 your request was forwarded on to that team by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester. On 28 February 2014 you received a response from the Greater Manchester Police Information Services Branch informing you that "no information was held" in response to your question 2.

I have carried out an internal review of the information that was provided to you by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester on 28 November 2013.

Your request was refused on the basis that the information was not held by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester and confirmation that the information was not held was communicated to you for the purposes of section 1 (1) (a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner did not otherwise seek to rely on an exemption from disclosure for the purposes of section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act.

I am satisfied that the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner provided you with reasonable advice and assistance to satisfy the duty under section 16 of the Act by transferring your request to the Greater Manchester Police Freedom of Information Team.

In the circumstances, your request for an internal review of the decision is not upheld on the grounds that the information you require is not held by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester and this has been confirmed to you in accordance with section 1 (1) (a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Unfortunately the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner is unable to disclose information to you that it does not already hold.

If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request or complaint, you have a right of appeal to the Information Commissioner at:

The Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane,

Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

Telephone: 08456 30 60 60

or 01625 54 57 45

Website: www.ico.gov.uk

There is no charge for making an appeal.

I trust that this is of assistance to you.

Yours sincerely

Nigel J Battersby
Solicitor
Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester
Civic Centre Complex Chorley Road
Swinton
Salford
M27 5DA
 
Telephone: 0161 793 3040
Email: [email address]
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