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Agata Tina Campanella made this Freedom of Information request to Cambridgeshire Constabulary

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Agata Tina Campanella

Dear Cambridgeshire Constabulary,

Could you provide a run down of the prices charged by your force for the private hire of officers under ‘special services’

a. Cost per attending Officer/rank
b. Cost per employment of weapons - ie, how much would it cost to
hire a Constable with a firearm (does it vary in accordance with
the type of weapon? For instance is it cheaper to hire one with a
pistol than a machine gun? – again if this is applicable
c. Cost per officer on horseback if this is applicable
d. cost of attending police car

Is it possible to hire an officer on horseback/ an officer with a police vehicle?

How much money did your force make in 2010 as a result of these private hirings out?
Is it possible to have a break down event by event of how much was made, with details of the event itself?

Yours faithfully,

Agata Tina Campanella

Cambridgeshire Constabulary

Dear Agata

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 0124/2011

We acknowledge receipt of your Freedom of Information (FOI) request which
was received by Cambridgeshire Constabulary on 22nd February 2011.

Your request will now be considered in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. You will receive a response within the statutory
timescale of twenty working days as defined by the Act. In some
circumstances, we may be unable to achieve this deadline. If this is the
case, you will be informed and given a revised time-scale at the earliest
opportunity.

If we require any further clarification regarding this request, you will
be notified.

We would advise you that the nature of certain requests may involve
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Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
telephone on 0345 456 456 4 asking for the Information Access Office or
email [Cambridgeshire Constabulary request email]

Regards

David

David Price
Information Access Office
Cambridgeshire Constabulary

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Dear Agata

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 0124/2011

In reply to your request for information under the Freedom of Information
Act 2000, dated 22/02/2011.

Your request asked:

Could you provide a run down of the prices charged by your force for the
private hire of officers under ***special services***

1. a. Cost per attending Officer/rank
b. Cost per employment of weapons - ie, how much would it cost to hire a
Constable with a firearm (does it vary in accordance with the type of
weapon? For instance is it cheaper to hire one with a pistol than a
machine gun? *** again if this is applicable
c. Cost per officer on horseback if this is applicable
d. cost of attending police car

2. Is it possible to hire an officer on horseback/ an officer with a
police vehicle?
3. How much money did your force make in 2010 as a result of these private
hirings out?
4. Is it possible to have a break down event by event of how much was
made, with details of the event itself?

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (The Act) requires us to handle all
requests in a manner that is blind to the identity of the requestor. Any
information released in response to a request is regarded as being
published, and therefore in the public domain without caveat.

We have completed all searches within Cambridgeshire Constabulary and
hereby enclose your response.

>>>Your request asked four questions and we give our responses below.

Questions one and two asked about the hire of police officers.
We have completed all searches within Cambridgeshire Constabulary and
hereby advise you of our decision.

In respect of the cost of police services we already publish information
about this on our website.

Decision
Pursuant to the provisions of Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act
2000 (the Act) I have decided to refuse access to the information you have
requested.

Reason For Decision
Section 21 of the Act provides:

Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant otherwise than
under section 1 is exempt information.

For the purposes of subsection (1), information which is held by a public
authority and does not fall within subsection (2)(b) is not to be regarded
as reasonably accessible to the applicant merely because the information
is available from the public authority itself on request, unless the
information is made available in accordance with the authority***s
publication scheme and any payment required is specified in, or determined
in accordance with, the scheme.

The information you have requested is available from Cambridgeshire
Constabulary***s Publication Scheme.

To access the Publication Scheme please visit our website at
www.cambs.police.uk. The information you require can be found from the
Home page above and then selecting
<About us> then
<Plans, reports and policies> then
<Charging for police services> this takes you a page where the details can
be found.
Alternatively the following link will take you to that page
[1]http://www.cambs-police.co.uk/about/plan...

Question three asked for the amount of money we received in 2010. The
total amount we received was **349,325.03

Question four asked for a breakdown of the individual events that were
charged for. I have considered this part of your request and give my
response below:Cambridgeshire Constabulary do hold a full event by event
breakdown of costs charged for policing events. However, some of these
relate directly to operations with other partners and authorities that are
involved with Cambridgeshire Constabulary.

What I need to consider before disclosing the requested information is
what other data exists in the public domain that could be used with this
information. By this I mean that if I released the requested information
at event level it is possible that this could reveal tactical details of
specific operations and events. Therefore, this information is exempt
disclosure by virtue of Section 31(1)(a), (b) and (c) Law Enforcement of
the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

S31 is a prejudice based qualified exemption which requires the prejudice
(harm) to be evidenced and a public interest test to be carried out. This
means that it can only be used if the public interest test favours
non-disclosure.

Evidence of Harm

To release details that could have an impact on Police tactics is
something that needs careful consideration. Any request for police
presence at an event will require an assessment of the number of officers
required in relation to the management of that operation / event. Some of
the events occur on a regular basis. For regular events an assessment will
be made for the threat at that time. Disclosure of amounts charged per
event would indicate the level of policing given and the perceived threat
level. This information will be useful to anyone who is planning to
disrupt the event and would lead to endangering the safety of police
officers and the general public.

Public Interest Test

The exemption relied upon is qualified and the balancing considerations
applicable to this case are common to them both and so addressed below
together for coherence.

Considerations favouring Disclosure
There is a public interest in the transparency of policing operations and
disclosure could provide the public with an understanding that public
funds are being used appropriately and in this case generating funds.

Considerations favouring Non-Disclosure
Providing specific details of operations and events, many of which are
held on behalf of partners and other authorities could result in the
reduction of Cambridgeshire Constabulary***s ability to prevent and detect
crime. There is also the possibility that any individual***s intent on
causing disruption of any sort will be able to use the data as
intelligence for their own operations.

There is also the need to consider if crime levels would rise because law
enforcement tactics had been compromised. If this was to happen there
would be a reduction in confidence held by the public of the police
service in Cambridgeshire.

Effectively, disclosing of police manning levels requested for specific
operations and events could place individuals, police officers and the
general public at risk of physical danger. Public safety is of paramount
importance to the police service and must be considered in respect of
every release.

Balance Test
The purpose of this test is to review the arguments set out above and
determine if the public interest in the requested information should be
released or withheld. I have considered these arguments and whilst I can
see the need for the public to be aware of the funds that are spent on
policing events anything that may increase these costs is not in the
public interest. I have therefore decided that in this case your request
for detailed information about the events that are charged for
Cambridgeshire Constabulary is not in the public interest to disclose.
In accordance with the Act, this letter represents a Refusal Notice for
this part of the request.

If you are unhappy with this response, please see the attachment below,
which sets out your rights to appeal.

(See attached file: Complaint Rights new.nov - 09.pdf)

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
contact the Information Access Office via email, or on telephone number
0345 456 456 4 extension 8163.

Regards

Alec Taylor
Information Access Office
Cambridgeshire Constabulary

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