Publication of the first Operation Riverwood report

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

On 14/09/2017 I submitted a Freedom of Information request for publication of the final Operation Riverwood report (Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2017090000437).

You released the document. Paragraph 2.1 says 'an initial investigation report completed under the auspices of Operation Riverwood was submitted to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) on 16th July 2013'.

Paragraph 5.5 says 'on the 6th July 2013, the conclusions of Operation Riverwood, into the public complaint made by Mrs Shaw, were published in a report by Operation Herne and sent to the IPCC and Ms Shaw's legal representative.

Presumably these refer to the same document and the different dates are a typographical error.

Can you release this report, or as much of it as is possible without breaching confidentiality and your duty of care to the officer?

Yours faithfully,

Merrick Badger

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Badger

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2018040000457

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 09/04/2018.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

* Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), On 14/09/2017 I submitted a
Freedom of Information request for publication of the final Operation
Riverwood report (Freedom of Information Request Reference No:
2017090000437). You released the document. Paragraph 2.1 says 'an
initial investigation report completed under the auspices of Operation
Riverwood was submitted to the Independent Police Complaints
Commission (IPCC) on 16th July 2013'. Paragraph 5.5 says 'on the 6th
July 2013, the conclusions of Operation Riverwood, into the public
complaint made by Mrs Shaw, were published in a report by Operation
Herne and sent to the IPCC and Ms Shaw's legal representative.
Presumably these refer to the same document and the different dates
are a typographical error. Can you release this report, or as much of
it as is possible without breaching confidentiality and your duty of
care to the officer?

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Information Act 2000 (the Act).  You will receive a response within the
statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act.  

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2018040000457

On 12 April you wrote to tell me "You will receive a response within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act."

I am disappointed to see that this has not been the case, nor have you issued any explanation for your failure.

I looked forward to receiving a sustantive response shortly.

Yours faithfully,

Merrick Badger

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Badger,

Thank you for your e-mail. I am sorry that the MPS has not been able to provide you with a response within the 20 working day timeframe. I can confirm that the person dealing with your request is Mike Lyng.

Mike - I would be grateful if you could please provide Mr Badger with an update on his request. Thank you.

With kind regards,

Roz.
Freedom of Information Triage Team
Information Rights Unit
Metropolitan Police Service

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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Badger

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2018040000457

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 09/04/2018.  

I am sorry that you have not received a suitable response within the 20
working days stipulated by the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  

I can advise that the case is still in progress and whilst I cannot
provide you with a date for a response, I will update you again by Friday
25th May 2018.

Yours sincerely

Mr. Lyng
Information Manager

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Dear Mr Badger

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2018040000457

Further to my earlier email I can advise that your case is still in
progress.

Whilst I cannot provide you with a date for a response I will update you
again by Friday 8th June 2018.

May I apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
contact me at [email address], quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Mr. Lyng
Information Manager

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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 'Publication of the first Operation Riverwood report'.

On 12 April the Met wrote to tell me "You will receive a response within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act." The deadline came and went without any response.

I wrote on 10 May, and the following day was told "I will update you again by Friday 25th May 2018," which you did, but only to say "I will update you again by Friday 8th June 2018". This deadline has also come and gone with no response of any kind.

When will I have a substantive answer?

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,

Merrick Badger

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Badger

Freedom of Information Review Reference No: 2018060000335

I write in connection with your request for a review of the handling
and/or decision relating to  2018040000457 which was received by the
Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on  10/06/2018.  

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
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Phone:  0303 123 1113

Yours sincerely

R. Loizou
Support Officer - Freedom of Information Triage Team

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Dear Mr Badger

Freedom of Information Review Reference No: 2018060000335

Further to our earlier correspondence dated 11/06/2018, I am now able to
provide a response to your complaint concerning Freedom of Information Act
(FOIA) request reference number: 2018040000457.  

On 10/06/2018, you wrote:

I am writing to request an internal review of Metropolitan Police Service
(MPS)'s handling of my FOI request 'Publication of the first Operation
Riverwood report'.

On 12 April the Met wrote to tell me "You will receive a response within
the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act."  The
deadline came and went without any response.

I wrote on 10 May, and the following day was told "I will update you again
by Friday 25th May 2018," which you did, but only to say "I will update
you again by Friday 8th June 2018". This deadline has also come and gone
with no response of any kind.

When will I have a substantive answer?

I am very sorry that you have not yet received a response to your FOIA
request.

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.'

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.

Enquiries in relation to your request are ongoing and a response will be
provided to you as soon as possible. The Information Manager with
responsibility for your request will endeavour to provide you with a
response on or before 04/07/2018

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 the continued delay in responding 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 an 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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Phone:  0303 123 1113

Yours sincerely

Yvette Taylor
Information Manager

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Saifur Rahman left an annotation ()

This is very suspicious. The Met Police attempted to delay your first request relating to the Operation Riverwood. I would advise you to complain to the ICO as you did last time, or apply for a High Court injunction.

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Dear Mr Badger,

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2018040000457
 
Please see the attached in respect of your Freedom of Information request
referenced above. I apologise for the delay in responding to your request
and for any inconvenience caused.

Yours sincerely

Damion Baird

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Complaints should be made in writing, within forty (40) working days from
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The Information Commissioner

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accordance with the requirements of the Act.

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Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
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Phone: 0303 123 1113

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