Review of Complaint concerning senior officers not carrying personal protective equipment

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Independent Police Support Group

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

We had submitted a Direction and Control Complaint in accordance with the Police Reform Act 2002 concerning Commissioner Cressida Dick regarding the carrying of personal protection equipment by senior officers.

This form of complaint is one which relates to how the force is run and a concern was raised regarding an issue of senior officers not carrying Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

We received the following response via e mail from MOPAC but it does not address the actual complaint or whether the force is to change its approach to senior officers not carrying PPE.

Please provide a copy of any correspondence relating to this matter being reviewed by DAC Matt Twist and correspondence between MOPAC and the Commissioners Office in this regard.

" Dear Julian,
I write further to your letter of the 10 October and our recent correspondence.
I have today heard back from Chief Supt Stuart Bell in the Commissioner’s Private Office who advises that currently there is no specific policy on the carriage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

The Met trains officers up to and including Chief Inspectors in the use of PPE and many officers attend events and meetings in uniform but without PPE and this is a matter of personal risk assessment, and it is not practical for officers to carry full PPE under all circumstances.

The Commissioner has a protection team for this purpose but although Sir Craig was the Acting Commissioner at the time he didn’t warrant the use of a protection team (this decision not being determined by the police).

The matter is being reviewed by Deputy Assistant Commissioner Matt Twist who is the National Lead for Self Defence, Arrest and Restraint.

I hope this information is helpful.

Kind regards,

Matthew

Matthew Johnson | Professional Standards Manager | Mayor's Office for Policing And Crime | Telephone 020 7983 4647 | Email [email address] | Website www.london.gov.uk | Address 2nd Floor, City Hall, Queen’s Walk, London SE1 2AA"

Yours faithfully,

Independent Police Support Group

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Johnson

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2018110000722

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 09/11/2018.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

* Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), We had submitted a Direction
and Control Complaint in accordance with the Police Reform Act 2002
concerning Commissioner Cressida Dick regarding the carrying of
personal protection equipment by senior officers. This form of
complaint is one which relates to how the force is run and a concern
was raised regarding an issue of senior officers not carrying Personal
Protective Equipment (PPE). We received the following response via e
mail from MOPAC but it does not address the actual complaint or
whether the force is to change its approach to  senior officers not
carrying PPE. Please provide a copy of any correspondence relating to
this matter being reviewed by DAC Matt Twist and correspondence
between MOPAC and the Commissioners Office in this regard. " Dear
Julian, I write further to your letter of the 10 October and our
recent correspondence. I have today heard back from Chief Supt Stuart
Bell in the Commissioner’s Private Office who advises that currently
there is no specific policy on the carriage of Personal Protective
Equipment (PPE). The Met trains officers up to and including Chief
Inspectors in the use of PPE and many officers attend events and
meetings in uniform but without PPE and this is a matter of personal
risk assessment, and it is not practical for officers to carry full
PPE under all circumstances. The Commissioner has a protection team
for this purpose but although Sir Craig was the Acting Commissioner at
the time he didn’t warrant the use of a protection team (this decision
not being determined by the police). The matter is being reviewed by
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Matt Twist who is the National Lead for
Self Defence, Arrest and Restraint. I hope this information is
helpful.

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Dear Mr Johnson,
Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2018110000722
I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 09/11/2018.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

"Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), We had submitted a Direction and
Control Complaint in accordance with the Police Reform Act 2002 concerning
Commissioner Cressida Dick regarding the carrying of personal protection
equipment by senior officers. This form of complaint is one which relates
to how the force is run and a concern was raised regarding an issue of
senior officers not carrying Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). We
received the following response via e mail from MOPAC but it does not
address the actual complaint or whether the force is to change its
approach to  senior officers not carrying PPE. Please provide a copy of
any correspondence relating to this matter being reviewed by DAC Matt
Twist and correspondence between MOPAC and the Commissioners Office in
this regard. " Dear Julian, I write further to your letter of the 10
October and our recent correspondence. I have today heard back from Chief
Supt Stuart Bell in the Commissioner’s Private Office who advises that
currently there is no specific policy on the carriage of Personal
Protective Equipment (PPE). The Met trains officers up to and including
Chief Inspectors in the use of PPE and many officers attend events and
meetings in uniform but without PPE and this is a matter of personal risk
assessment, and it is not practical for officers to carry full PPE under
all circumstances. The Commissioner has a protection team for this purpose
but although Sir Craig was the Acting Commissioner at the time he didn’t
warrant the use of a protection team (this decision not being determined
by the police). The matter is being reviewed by Deputy Assistant
Commissioner Matt Twist who is the National Lead for Self Defence, Arrest
and Restraint. I hope this information is helpful."

I have been tasked to review a number of outstanding Freedom of
Information Act requests and note that your request as above is currently
outstanding. I am sorry that a response to your request was not made in a
timely manner.

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establish if you still seek access to the information requested? If you
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your request. If I do not receive a response to this email by the 15th of
March 2019, I will assume that you no longer wish to proceed with this
request and will treat it as withdrawn.

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Information Rights Unit
Metropolitan Police Service

 
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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
[the Met request email]

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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