Dear Police Service of Northern Ireland,

On 30th September 2017 a so called re enactment was carried out in Londonderry involving the use of what is stated in the press as "Replica weapons".

It has also been reported in the press that PSNI had advance notification of this re enactment.

Please inform me what checks took place by the PSNI on 30th September 2017 or before that these " replica" weapons were just that " replica's'?

If beforehand checks took place please advise did every item shown as a " Replica" meet with any checks that PSNI had performed prior to this display and were there additional items shown that PSNI had not checked?

Yours faithfully,

David Buchanan

Police Service of Northern Ireland

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6th October 2017

Dear Mr. Buchanan,

FREEDOM of INFORMATION ACT 2000

I write in connection with your request for information dated 6th October
2017 which was received by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI)
on 6th October 2017.  I note you seek access to the following information:

Re-enactment in Londonderry - 30th September 2017

This request will be dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. A response should be sent to you within 20 working
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experiencing a delay in the processing of requests and we aim to respond
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investigate the matter at his discretion.

Yours sincerely,

FOI Decision Maker
FOI Unit
PSNI HQ Brooklyn

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Dear Police Service of Northern Ireland,

You are now in breach of the Freedom of Information act 2000 due to delay.

Please will you answer my request.

Yours faithfully,

David Buchanan

Police Service of Northern Ireland

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Dear Mr Buchanan,

Thank you for your email.

Unfortunately, the PSNI is currently experiencing a delay in processing Freedom of Information and Data Protection requests and we are advising requesters of this delay in our initial acknowledgement email.

The Freedom of Information and Data Protection Unit is dealing with a high volume of requests and reduced staffing levels which has impacted on our ability to issue responses within the legislative time-frame. I can assure you that all our requests are being progressed as quickly as possible and please accept my apologies for any inconvenience this has caused you.

If you remain dissatisfied with our delay in processing your request, you are entitled to complain to the Information Commissioner’s office whose contact details are:

Information Commissioner’s Office
3rd Floor
14 Cromac Place
Belfast
BT7 2JB
Tele: 028 909278757
Email: [email address]

Regards,

Alison

Alison
FOI and Data Protection
PSNI Headquarters Brooklyn
02890 700164

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Dear Police Service of Northern Ireland,

This is dragging on, I am aware that you are busy but this should be a priority matter.

If these weapons displayed in the "reenactment" were not verified by a qualified police armourer prior to this display then for all we know they may well be "The real deal" on the streets after paramilitary decommissioning has supposed to have occurred.

This really is a quite simplistic question that does not take hours or great expense to answer.

Please adhere to the legislation under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Yours faithfully,

David Buchanan

Dear Police Service of Northern Ireland,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Police Service of Northern Ireland's handling of my FOI request 'Re enactment in Londonderry 30th Sept 2017.

This is dragging on, I am aware that you are busy but this should be a priority matter.

If these weapons displayed in the "reenactment" were not verified by a qualified police armourer prior to this display then for all we know they may well be "The real deal" on the streets after paramilitary decommissioning has supposed to have occurred.

This really is a quite simplistic question that does not take hours or great expense to answer.

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

Yours faithfully,

David Buchanan

Police Service of Northern Ireland

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This e-mail has been marked OFFICIAL [PUBLIC];

Subject:  FOI-2017-02840

Dear Mr. Buchanan,

FREEDOM of INFORMATION ACT 2000

I write in connection with your request for information dated 6th October
2017 which was received by the Police Service of Northern Ireland on 6th
October 2017 concerning:

Re-enactment in Londonderry  

Please find attached response to your request. Please accept my apologies
for the delay in providing this response.

Yours sincerely,

Sharon

FOI Decision Maker
FOI Unit
PSNI HQ Brooklyn

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Police Service of Northern Ireland

This e-mail has been marked OFFICIAL [PUBLIC];

 

Dear Mr Buchanan,

 

A response was issued this morning, please let me know if you wish to
pursue your request for an internal review.

 

Kind regards,

 

Sharon

FOI & DP Unit

PSNI

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Police Service of Northern Ireland

This e-mail has been marked OFFICIAL [PUBLIC];

Subject: FOI-2017-02840

24th January 2018

Dear Mr. Buchanan,

FREEDOM of INFORMATION ACT 2000

I acknowledge receipt of your correspondence dated 23^rd January 2018
requesting that Police Service of Northern Ireland review its response to
your request for information concerning:

Re-enactment in Londonderry - 30th September 2017

An internal review will be conducted in accordance with Police Service of
Northern Ireland's review procedure. It is envisaged that the review
process will take no longer than 20 working days from date of receipt of
your email.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 an independent
decision maker will carry out a review of this case and advise you in
writing of the outcome.

If you wish to discuss this matter prior to receiving a response please
contact me on 028 9070 0164.  Please remember to quote the reference
number above in any future communications.

If following an internal review you were to remain dissatisfied in any way
with the handling of the request you may make a complaint to the
Information Commissioner’s Office and ask that they investigate whether
the PSNI has complied with the terms of the Freedom of Information Act. 
You can write to the Information Commissioner at Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF. In most circumstances the Information Commissioner will not
investigate a complaint unless an internal review procedure has been
carried out, however the Commissioner has the option to investigate the
matter at his discretion.

Yours sincerely

Davy

FOI Decision Maker
FOI Unit
PSNI HQ Brooklyn

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Police Service of Northern Ireland

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Subject: FOI-2017-02840
21st February 2018

Dear Mr. Buchanan,

FREEDOM of INFORMATION ACT 2000

Following your request for us to review our previous response in
connection with your request for information dated 6th October 2017
concerning:

Re-enactment in Londonderry - 30th September 2017

I can advise you that Police Service of Northern Ireland has now completed
its review - please see attachment .

Yours sincerely,

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