Charlie McNeive

Dear West Midlands Police,

1. How many people does your force have in each of the following roles:
a. Police Officer (Detective or Constable, including Specials)
b. PCSO
c. Other Police staff

2. How many staff have criminal convictions?
a. How many are Police Officers (Detective or Constable, including Specials)?
b. How many are PCSOs?
c. How many are other Police staff?

3. Please provide the following information for each conviction:
a. The person's role and/or rank
b. The offence
c. Whether the person received a custodial sentence (suspended or otherwise)
d. Whether the person was convicted before they joined the police

Yours faithfully,

Charlie McNeive

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Dear  Charlie McNeive

 

 

 

FOI Request Reference: 010696/19

 

Thank you for your request for information, received 12/06/2019

 

REQUEST

 

1. How many people does your force have in each of the following roles:

a. Police Officer (Detective or Constable, including Specials) b. PCSO c.
Other Police staff

 

2. How many staff have criminal convictions?

a. How many are Police Officers (Detective or Constable, including
Specials)?

b. How many are PCSOs?

c. How many are other Police staff?

 

3. Please provide the following information for each conviction:

a. The person's role and/or rank

b. The offence

c. Whether the person received a custodial sentence (suspended or
otherwise) d. Whether the person was convicted before they joined the
police

RESPONSE

 

Please be advised that the information that you have requested is not
available in a readily retrievable format in relation to how many staff /
officers /PCSO’s have criminal convictions. To locate and retrieve this,
we would need complete a PNC search on each member of the force to
determine if they have a conviction. This information would then need to
be crossed referenced with our vetting department database to see if they
were convicted prior to joining the Force. 

 

The cost of compliance with the whole of your request is above the amount
to which we are legally required to respond, i.e. the cost of locating and
retrieving the information would exceed the appropriate costs limit under
section 12(1) of the FOI Act 2000. For West Midlands Police, the
appropriate limit is set at £450, as prescribed by the Freedom of
Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations
2004, S.I. 3244.

 

Therefore the cost of providing you with the information is above the
amount to which we are legally required to respond i.e. the cost of
locating and retrieving the information exceeds the ‘appropriate level’ as
stated in the Freedom of Information (Fees and Appropriate Limit)
Regulations 2004.

 

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts
as a Refusal Notice for this part of the request and if one part of a
request exceeds the fees limit then S12 of the Act applies to the whole
request

 

However, In accordance with Section 16 of the Act I have a duty to provide
advice and assistance in relation to your request and can provide the
information requested for question1 which is already readily available via

 

[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics...

 

and some information in relation to question 3, which is published

 

[2]http://foi.west-midlands.police.uk/offic...

 

This provides a snapshot of officers and convictions that our Professional
Standards Department were aware of at the time .However, this information
was only available previously due to other work that PSD were undertaking.

This should not be taken as a precedent that additional information would
be supplied outside of the time/fees legislation for any subsequent
requests

 

Further information on section 12 of FOI is available here:

 

[3]https://www.app.college.police.uk/app-co...

 

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version of this response may be published on the West Midlands Police
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

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[4]http://foi.west-midlands.police.uk/

 

RIGHT OF APPEAL

 

Your attention is drawn to your right to request a re-examination of your
case under West Midlands Police review procedure, which can be found at:

 

[5]http://foi.west-midlands.police.uk/revie...

 

Please note that such an appeal must be received within 40 working days of
the date of this correspondence. Any such request received after this time
will only be considered at the discretion of the FOI Unit.

 

If you require any further information, then please do not hesitate to
contact me.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Many thanks

 

Michelle Richardson | Freedom of Information
Corporate Communications | West Midlands Police
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Dear  Charlie McNeive

 

 

 

FOI Request Reference: 010696/19

 

Thank you for your request for information, received 12/06/2019

 

REQUEST

 

1. How many people does your force have in each of the following roles:

a. Police Officer (Detective or Constable, including Specials) b. PCSO c.
Other Police staff

 

2. How many staff have criminal convictions?

a. How many are Police Officers (Detective or Constable, including
Specials)?

b. How many are PCSOs?

c. How many are other Police staff?

 

3. Please provide the following information for each conviction:

a. The person's role and/or rank

b. The offence

c. Whether the person received a custodial sentence (suspended or
otherwise) d. Whether the person was convicted before they joined the
police

RESPONSE

 

Please be advised that the information that you have requested is not
available in a readily retrievable format in relation to how many staff /
officers /PCSO’s have criminal convictions. To locate and retrieve this,
we would need complete a PNC search on each member of the force to
determine if they have a conviction. This information would then need to
be crossed referenced with our vetting department database to see if they
were convicted prior to joining the Force. 

 

The cost of compliance with the whole of your request is above the amount
to which we are legally required to respond, i.e. the cost of locating and
retrieving the information would exceed the appropriate costs limit under
section 12(1) of the FOI Act 2000. For West Midlands Police, the
appropriate limit is set at £450, as prescribed by the Freedom of
Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations
2004, S.I. 3244.

 

Therefore the cost of providing you with the information is above the
amount to which we are legally required to respond i.e. the cost of
locating and retrieving the information exceeds the ‘appropriate level’ as
stated in the Freedom of Information (Fees and Appropriate Limit)
Regulations 2004.

 

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts
as a Refusal Notice for this part of the request and if one part of a
request exceeds the fees limit then S12 of the Act applies to the whole
request

 

However, In accordance with Section 16 of the Act I have a duty to provide
advice and assistance in relation to your request and can provide the
information requested for question1 which is already readily available via

 

[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics...

 

and some information in relation to question 3, which is published

 

[2]http://foi.west-midlands.police.uk/offic...

 

This provides a snapshot of officers and convictions that our Professional
Standards Department were aware of at the time .However, this information
was only available previously due to other work that PSD were undertaking.

This should not be taken as a precedent that additional information would
be supplied outside of the time/fees legislation for any subsequent
requests

 

Further information on section 12 of FOI is available here:

 

[3]https://www.app.college.police.uk/app-co...

 

As recommended as good practice by the Information Commissioner’s Office a
version of this response may be published on the West Midlands Police
website.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

For further information and data on West Midlands Police see our
publication scheme and disclosure log

 

[4]http://foi.west-midlands.police.uk/

 

RIGHT OF APPEAL

 

Your attention is drawn to your right to request a re-examination of your
case under West Midlands Police review procedure, which can be found at:

 

[5]http://foi.west-midlands.police.uk/revie...

 

Please note that such an appeal must be received within 40 working days of
the date of this correspondence. Any such request received after this time
will only be considered at the discretion of the FOI Unit.

 

If you require any further information, then please do not hesitate to
contact me.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Michelle Richardson | Freedom of Information
Corporate Communications | West Midlands Police
T: 101 (ext. 801 2068)

Preventing crime, protecting the public and helping those in need.

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or confidential information. If received in error, please notify the
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alteration of this email is strictly forbidden. Views or opinions
expressed in this email do not necessarily represent those of West
Midlands Police. All West Midlands Police email activity is monitored for
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responsibility is accepted by West Midlands Police for any loss or damage
arising in any way from the receipt or use of this email.

References

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2. http://foi.west-midlands.police.uk/offic...
3. https://www.app.college.police.uk/app-co...
4. http://foi.west-midlands.police.uk/
5. http://foi.west-midlands.police.uk/revie...
6. website
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7. http://www.twitter.com/wmpolice
8. http://www.instagram.com/westmidlandspol...
9. http://www.youtube.com/westmidlandspolice
10. http://www.facebook.com/westmidlandspolice
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S. Ali left an annotation ()

It is fair for the police officer to highlight he cannot provide some of the information and explain this. However he can provide information to 1 and 2 in a relatively quick period of time with no additional costs or consultations.

Surely the Commissioner or the data controllers line manager would know how how many people does the force have in each of the following roles: a. Police Officer (Detective or Constable, including Specials) b. PCSO c. Other Police staff and possibly know overall how many staff have criminal convictions (spent or unspent)? As a simple number answer.

This complaint needs an internal review and sent to the ICO if needed most (or some) of the readily available information cannot be provided.