Role of Gold, Silver and Bronze Command

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

I am seeking the following information regarding the role of Gold, Silver and Bronze command in the Metropolitan
Police.

1. Policy and operational documents produced or adopted by the Metropolitan police relating to the role of Gold, Silver and Bronze command.

2. Standard Operational Procedures (SOPs) for these roles, if these exist, and/or equivalent documents which give details of operational role, such as a Job Description.

3. Position of Gold, Silver and Bronze command in the wider public order policing structure.

4. Training materials, where these are disclosable, from the training courses delivered to Gold, Silver and Bronze commanders.

Yours faithfully,

Val Swain

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Ms Swain

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2013090001835
I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 12/09/2013.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

I am seeking the following information regarding the role of Gold, Silver
and Bronze command in the Metropolitan Police.

1. Policy and operational documents produced or adopted by the
Metropolitan police relating to the role of Gold, Silver and Bronze
command.  
2. Standard Operational Procedures (SOPs) for these roles, if these exist,
and/or equivalent documents which give details of operational role, such
as a Job Description.
3. Position of Gold, Silver and Bronze command in the wider public order
policing structure.
4. Training materials, where these are disclosable, from the training
courses delivered to Gold, Silver and Bronze commanders.  

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
the information not being exempt or containing a reference to a third
party.  In some circumstances the MPS may be unable to achieve this
deadline.  If this is likely you will be informed and given a revised
time-scale at the earliest opportunity.

Some requests may also require either full or partial transference to
another public authority in order to answer your query in the fullest
possible way. Again, you will be informed if this is the case.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Your attention is drawn to the attached sheet, which details your right of
complaint.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please email
or contact me on telephone number 020 7230 2003 quoting the reference
number above.

Yours sincerely

Andrew Beaumont
SC&O Information Manager
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Complaint

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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
Public Access Office
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

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the decision you may make application to the Information Commissioner for
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accordance with the requirements of the Act.

For information on how to make application to the Information Commissioner
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 Alternatively, phone or write to:

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Phone:  01625 545 700

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Dear Ms Swain

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2013090001835

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 12/09/2013.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

I am seeking the following information regarding the role of Gold, Silver
and Bronze command in the Metropolitan Police.

1. Policy and operational documents produced or adopted by the
Metropolitan police relating to the role of Gold, Silver and Bronze
command.  
2. Standard Operational Procedures (SOPs) for these roles, if these exist,
and/or equivalent documents which give details of operational role, such
as a Job Description.
3. Position of Gold, Silver and Bronze command in the wider public order
policing structure.
4. Training materials, where these are disclosable, from the training
courses delivered to Gold, Silver and Bronze commanders.  

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act), we have 20 working
days to respond to a request for information unless we are considering
whether the information requested is covered by one of the 'qualified
exemptions' (exemptions which must be tested against the public interest
before deciding whether they apply to the information in question).

Where we are considering the public interest test against the application
of relevant qualified exemptions, Section 17(2)(b) provides that we can
extend the 20 day deadline.

Section 17(2) provides:

2) Where-
a) in relation to any request for information, a public authority is, as
respects any information, relying on a claim-
i) that any provision of Part II which relates to the duty to confirm or
deny and is not specified in section 2(3) is relevant to the request, or
ii) that the information is exempt information only by virtue of a
provision not specified in section 2(3), and
b) at the time when the notice under subsection (1) is given to the
applicant, the public authority (or, in a case falling within section
66(3) or (4), the responsible authority) has not yet reached a decision as
to the application of subsection (1)(b) or (2)(b) of section 2,
the notice under subsection (1) must indicate that no decision as to the
application of that provision has yet been reached and must contain an
estimate of the date by which the authority expects that such a decision
will have been reached.

I am sorry to inform you that we have not been able to complete our
response to your request by the date originally stated, as we are
currently considering whether 'qualified exemptions' apply to the
information you have requested. As a result we will not be able to respond
within 20 working days.

For your information we are considering the following exemption(s):

Section 31 - Law Enforcement
Section 43 - Commercial Interests

I can now advise you that the amended date for a response is 07 November
2003.

May I apologise for any inconvenience caused.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

If you are dissatisfied with this response please read the attached paper
entitled Complaint Rights which explains how to make a complaint.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
contact me on 020 7230 2003 or at the address at the top of this letter,
quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Andrew Beaumont
SC&O Information Manager
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
Public Access Office
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.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.
 Alternatively, phone or write to:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone:  01625 545 700

Total Policing is the Met's commitment to be on the streets and in your
communities to catch offenders, prevent crime and support victims. We are
here for London, working with you to make our capital safer.

 

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).

 

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Dear Ms Swain

Freedom of Information Request Reference No:  2013090001835

I respond in connection with your request for information  which was
received by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 12/09/2013.  I note
you seek access to the following information:

I am seeking the following information regarding the role of Gold, Silver
and Bronze command in the Metropolitan Police.

1. Policy and operational documents produced or adopted by the
Metropolitan police relating to the role of Gold, Silver and Bronze
command.  
2. Standard Operational Procedures (SOPs) for these roles, if these exist,
and/or equivalent documents which give details of operational role, such
as a Job Description.
3. Position of Gold, Silver and Bronze command in the wider public order
policing structure.
4. Training materials, where these are disclosable, from the training
courses delivered to Gold, Silver and Bronze commanders.  

EXTENT OF SEARCHES TO LOCATE INFORMATION

To locate the information relevant to your request searches were conducted
within Specialist Crime and Operations - Public Order and Operational
Support

RESULT OF SEARCHES

The searches located information relevant to your request.

DECISION

At question 1, you asked:  Policy and operational documents produced or
adopted by the Metropolitan police relating to the role of Gold, Silver
and Bronze command.

At question 2 you asked:  Standard Operational Procedures (SOPs) for these
roles, if these exist, and/or equivalent documents which give details of
operational role, such as a Job Description.

The MPS response is:  Please see attached document entitled SOP 2013

At question 3, you asked:  Position of Gold, Silver and Bronze command in
the wider public order policing structure.

At question 4, you asked:  Training materials, where these are
disclosable, from the training courses delivered to Gold, Silver and
Bronze commanders.

The MPS response is:  Please see attached documents called Lesson Plan and
Command 6.  

There has been several redactions made on the document named Lesson Plan.
  Please note thatt page 6 of this document was a blank sheet and is
subsequently not attached.

Redaction 1 has been made under Section 40(2) and (3) of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (the Act).
Redaction 2 has been made as the information is not relevant to your
request.
Redaction 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 have been made under Section 31 (1)(a) of the
Act.

Before I explain the reasons for the decisions I have made in relation to
your request, I thought that it would be helpful if I outline the
parameters set out by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) within
which a request for information can be answered.
The Act creates a statutory right of access to information held by public
authorities. A public authority in receipt of a request must, if
permitted, confirm if the requested information is held by that public
authority and, if so, then communicate that material to the applicant.
The right of access to information is not without exception and is subject
to a number of exemptions, which are designed to enable public authorities
to withhold information that is not suitable for release. Importantly, the
Act is designed to place material into the public domain, 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.  

Section 1 of the Act places two duties on public authorities.  Unless
exemptions apply, the first duty at Section 1(1)(a) is to confirm or deny
whether the information specified in a request is held.  

The second duty at Section 1(1)(b) is to disclose information that has
been confirmed as being held.  Where exemptions are relied upon Section 17
of the Act requires that we provide the applicant with a notice which: a)
states that fact, b) specifies the exemption(s) in question and c) state
(if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption applies.

Having located and considered information relevant to your request, I am
afraid that I am not required by statute to release the information
requested. This email serves as a Refusal Notice under Section 17 of the
Act.

Please see the Legal Annex for the sections of the Act that are referred
to in this response.

Section 31 Law Enforcement

In order for the exemption provided under Section 31(1) to be engaged in
this case, the MPS must show that disclosure under the Act would, or would
be likely to, prejudice law enforcement functions, namely Section 31(1)(a)
the prevention and detection of crime and Section 31(1)(b) the
apprehension or prosecution of offenders.  

In this case, this exemption has been applied as disclosure of the
information requested would prejudice areas within law enforcement such as
the detection of crime and the apprehension or prosecution of offenders.  

Evidence of Harm - Section 31 Law Enforcement

The MPS is charged with enforcing the law and preventing and detecting
crime.   Any information released under the Act which reveals
investigative processes would prejudice the prevention and detection of
crime and the apprehension or prosecution of offenders.

Public Interest Test - Section 31 Law Enforcement

The public interest is not what interests the public but what will be of
greater good if released to the community as a whole. It is not in the
public interest to disclose information that may compromise the MPS'
ability to accomplish their core function of law enforcement.

Public interest considerations favouring disclosure - Section 31 Law
Enforcement  

There is a public interest in the transparency of how the MPS organises
the policing of public events and disclosure of these details would
improve public confidence regarding the effectiveness and efficiency of
the  policing of public order events .

Disclosure could provide the public with an understanding that public
funds are being used appropriately.

Public interest considerations favouring non-disclosure - Section 31 Law
Enforcement  

Release would have the effect of compromising law enforcement processes
and would also hinder the ability of the MPS to fulfil its primary goal of
enforcing the law and protecting the public during any major public order
event.
Disclosure would technically be releasing sensitive operational
information into the public domain which would enable those with the time,
capacity and inclination to try and map strategies and tactics used by
police forces.

Balance Test - Section 31 Law Enforcement

The disclosure of this information to the public by the MPS would
undermine the MPS's ability to properly police major public events within
London.  Release of the redacted information would allow members of the
public to use the information to assist in detection should they planning
any unlawful acts.

After weighing up the competing interests I have determined that the
disclosure of the above information would not be in the public interest.
 I consider that the benefit that would result from the information being
disclosed does not outweigh disclosing information relating to the
training given to the Gold, Silver and Bronze Commanders.  

Section 40 (2) & (3) of the Act Provides - Personal Information: Absolute
Exemption/Class Based

Under Section 40(2) and (3) of the Act, Public Authorities are able to
withhold information where its release would identify any living
individual and breach the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998
(DPA). I have applied this exemption in that the names of the individuals
identified by this documentation constitutes personal data which would, if
released, be in breach of the rights provided by the DPA.

The eight principles of the DPA govern the way in which data controllers
must manage personal data. Under principle one of the DPA, personal data
must be processed fairly and lawfully. I consider that the release of the
names of officers/staff and/or other persons that are recorded within the
requested documentation constitutes personal data. The release of this
information would be unfair as the persons concerned would have no
reasonable expectation that the MPS would make this information publicly
available.

In reaching my decision, I have, in each case, 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. Having considered both conditions, I have
established that no consent is present or would likely be received to
release this information. I have also found that the release of this
information would be unjust as no allegation has been proven against any
person.

This exemption is both absolute and class based. When this exemption is
applied, it is accepted that harm would result from disclosure. There is
accordingly no requirement to consider whether release of information is
in the public interest or demonstrate what harm would result from
disclosure.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Your attention is drawn to the attached sheet which details your right of
complaint.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please email
or contact me on telephone number 020 7230 2003 quoting the reference
number above.

Yours sincerely

Andrew Beaumont
SC&O Information Manager

LEGAL ANNEX

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 of 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 that 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) & (3) of the Act provides:
(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 [1998 c. 29.] 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, or
ii) section 10 of that Act (right to prevent processing likely to cause
damage or distress), and
(b) in any other case, that the disclosure of the information to a member
of the public otherwise than under this Act would contravene any of the
data protection principles if the exemptions in section 33A (1) of the
[1998 c. 29.] Data Protection Act 1998 (which relate to manual data held
by public authorities) were disregarded

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, 1st Floor (Victoria Block), New Scotland Yard, Victoria, London,
SW1H 0BG.
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
Public Access Office
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.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.
 Alternatively, phone or write to:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone:  01625 545 700

Total Policing is the Met's commitment to be on the streets and in your
communities to catch offenders, prevent crime and support victims. We are
here for London, working with you to make our capital safer.

 

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).

 

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