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

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Agata Tina Campanella

Dear Cheshire 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

Cheshire Constabulary

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Dear Ms Campanella,

I refer to your recent request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 as set out below:

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?

In accordance with section 1(1) (b) of the Act our response is provided
below;

a) Charging for police officers is based on a formula. The calculations on
which this formula is based can be found in the ACPO document, Paying the
Bill, The document provides a full explanation of cost recovery together
with details of charges made for hiring police officers by rank for
community/charity events and by Police Support Unit (PSU) for mutual aid.
Information is also contained within the document relating to banding of
officers, e.g. Band One – Level two Public Order trained officer; Band Two
– Police horse and rider/underwater search team/firearms officer and Band
Three – Hostage negotiator/helicopter pilot etc. This can be found on the
ACPO website at the following web link:

http://www.acpo.police.uk/documents/fina...

b) Neither weapons nor officers with weapons are hired out. However they
may be supplied in mutual aid situations for other forces, the cost
recovery is again covered in the above document.
c) Cheshire Constabulary does not have a mounted section.
d) Please see the above ACPO document.

Your remaining questions:

As stated above we do not have a mounted section, and the question
regarding a police vehicle is covered in the above ACPO document.
Cheshire Constabulary polices several events each year. We have previously
given details of the costs involved in an FOI response to a similar
question which can be found at the web link below. You will also find in
the same response how the charging matrix is made up relative to those
events.

http://www.cheshire.police.uk/advice--in...

If I can be of any further assistance in this matter, please do not
hesitate to contact me.

If you are not satisfied with the decision applied in this case I enclose
for your attention a copy of the Constabulary's appeal procedures.

(See attached file: FOI Appeals Procedures.Final version.doc)

Regards

John Gannon
Information Compliance
Tel: 01244 614176

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Graeme MacLean left an annotation ()

Ridicules ! Perhaps this shows the real nature of 'police' forces in Britain now, to be hired out by big business. The police should not be prostituted out for capital or even charitable gain. They should be on the streets protecting there real bosses - the voting, tax paying public from murdering terrorists.

Shame on there pimps and even more shame on the constabularies.

William Old left an annotation ()

Actually, Graeme, you have not listed "there" (their) real bosses at all. Police officers are not public servants, they are Crown servants, and answer only to the Crown - i.e. the law - not the public, tax-paying or otherwise.