Dear West Midlands Police,
Following recent press revelations about the depth of information shared between Police Authorities and a private animal welfare charity, the RSPCA, I would like to ask if a Service Level Agreement exists between West Midlands Police and the RSPCA for sharing of confidential information not normally available to private bodies, ie PNC records or other police intelligence.
If such an agreement exists when was this approved by either the Police Authority or Police and Crime Commissioner?
My thanks for your assistance
Rev. Steve Walters
Dear Rev. Walters
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000
Your request for information, received 10 August 2013 has now been
Following recent press revelations about the depth of information shared
between Police Authorities and a private animal welfare charity, the
RSPCA, I would like to ask if a Service Level Agreement exists between
West Midlands Police and the RSPCA for sharing of confidential information
not normally available to private bodies, ie PNC records or other police
If such an agreement exists when was this approved by either the Police
Authority or Police and Crime Commissioner?
Attached is a draft copy of a draft agreement which is currently with the
relevant ACPO lead, this is not currently in force. In the absence of a
formal agreement with the RSPCA various items of legislation authorises
the disclosure of personal information for specific purposes such as
assisting in the delivery of specific crime reduction strategies. The
requirement to weigh the public interest against the duty of
confidentiality applies in all cases. Where the disclosure of information
cannot be directly associated with supporting a particular provision of
such legislation or a crime reduction strategy then disclosure may be
unlawful. In such circumstances the duty of confidentiality will apply and
disclosure will need to be justified.
Formal protocols are established with partner agencies to facilitate the
controlled flow of information. These are formulated on a local basis to
meet local requirements. Chapter 6 of the 2^nd edition of the Guidance on
the Management of Police Information (attached) provides more information.
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