Stop & Search (S44) of Photographers and Outcomes

Michael Scott made this Freedom of Information request to Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

This request has been closed to new correspondence. Contact us if you think it should be reopened.

The request was refused by Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am writing to enquire about the total number of searches carried out by the Metropolitan Police in the last year, where as a result of the subject practising photography.

I am also further enquiring about the total number of subsequent arrests under terrorism legislation following information identified in the above searches.

Yours faithfully,
Michael Scott

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Scott

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2009040003092
I write in connection with your request for information which was
received by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 08/04/2009. I note
you seek access to the following information:

"I am writing to enquire about the total number of searches carried out by
the Metropolitan Police in the last year, where as a result of the
subject practising photography.
I am also further enquiring about the total number of subsequent arrests
under terrorism legislation following information identified in the
above searches. "

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 write
or contact KSimmons via the e-mail address at the top of this
letter,quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

KSimmons
Policy and Support Officer
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FOI Complaint
Public Access Office
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 40 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

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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Scott

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2009040003092

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 08/04/2009. I note you seek
access to the following information:

· I am writing to enquire about the total number of searches
carried

out by the Metropolitan Police in the last year, where as a result

of the subject practising photography.

I am also further enquiring about the total number of subsequent

arrests under terrorism legislation following information

identified in the above searches.

This letter is to inform you that it will not be possible to respond to
your request within the cost threshold. This would require the MPS to
search every search/arrest record to identify those cases involving
photography. With an average of over 42,000 stops per month in 2008
(using the figures published on the MPS Internet site) and with each
search taking between 1 and 2 minutes we estimate that the cost of
complying with this request would exceed the appropriate limit. The
appropriate limit has been specified in regulations and for agencies
outside central Government; this is set at £450.00. This represents the
estimated cost of one person spending 18 hours [at a rate of £25 per
hour] in determining whether the MPS holds the information, and locating,
retrieving and extracting the information.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts
as a Refusal Notice.

Section 17(5) of the Act provides:

(5) A public authority which, in relation to any request for information,
is relying on a claim that section 12 or 14 applies must, within the time
for complying with section 1(1), give the applicant a notice stating that
fact.

Section 12 of the Act provides:

(1) Section 1(1) does not oblige a public authority to comply with a
request for information if the authority estimates that the cost of
complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit.

Under Section 16 (duty to assist) we are required to offer you the
opportunity to redefine your request within the cost limit. Therefore, we
invite you to redefine your request within three months from the date of
this letter. If we do not hear from you by 1 August 2009 we will treat
this request as withdrawn.

Some information is available from the MPS Publication Scheme which may be
of assistance to you. The following links will be of assistance to you in
locating the information in relation to policy and numbers of stops etc :

http://www.newscotlandyard.police.uk/foi...

http://www.met.police.uk/foi/pdfs/priori...

http://www.newscotlandyard.police.uk/foi...

To access other information on the Publication Scheme please visit our
website at www.met.police.uk. Alternatively you may contact the
Publication Scheme Co-ordinator using the following details:

The Publication Scheme Co-ordinator
Public Access Office
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF

E-mail: [email address]

Telephone: 0207 161 3600
Facsimile: 0207 161 3501

There is also information available from the Home Office and the following
link will be of interest to you.

http://www.justice.gov.uk/docs/arrests-r...

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs09/...

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

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

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in
the MPS.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please write
or contact Gill Brown quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Gill Brown
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 and encouraged to
discuss the decision with the case officer that dealt with your request.

Ask to have the decision looked at again –

The quickest and easiest way to have the decision looked at again is to
telephone the case officer that is nominated at the end of your decision
letter.

That person will be able to discuss the decision, explain any issues and
assist with any problems.

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 and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Public Access Office
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1TR

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 40 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

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