Strategic Command Course 2019 - Course Service Director

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Dear West Yorkshire Police,

Please supply all data held in connection with the above posting which should include, but is not limited to:

1. All emails between the West Yorkshire PCC's office, including the PCC and any of his staff, and the chief constable, or her staff officer or PA.

2. All emails between the Dear West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner,

Please supply all data held in connection with the above posting which should include, but is not limited to:

1. All emails between the PCC's office, including the PCC and any of his staff, and the chief constable, or her staff officer or PA.

2. All emails between the chief constable, or her staff officer or PA, and the chief executive of the College of Policing, or his personal assistant or Jo Noakes.

3. Any notes in the chief constable's, or her staff officer's or PA's diary, day book or the like concerning the application, interview and subsequent posting to the College.

4. All data held Memorandum of Understanding agreed between the College of Policing and the PCC in which the chief constable is the subject.

4. Any data that assists in the public's wider understanding over the change in the characterisation of the role as a 'flexible attachment' when it had previously been referred to repeatedly in the local press by the chief constable herself, by the West Yorkshire Police (WYP) press office, and the chief executive of the College as a 'secondment'.

5. Any data that assists in the public's understanding over the change in the timescales. It was reported in the local press, and by the WYP press office to me, that the secondment would begin in January, 2019. It actually began on 3rd December, 2018.

6. Any data that assists in the public's understanding of the rationale behind the chief constable absenting herself from normal policing duties to take up this post. Albeit on a cost neutral basis.

An article has recently been published on this topic and the materials requested will aid public understanding once they are incorporated into a revised version:

neilwilby.com/2018/12/21/if-at-first-you-dont-succeed/

Yours faithfully,

Neil Wilby
Investigative journalist

Twitter: @Neil_Wilby
Web: neilwilby.com

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Thank you for your request for information which has been logged today.

Your request will now be considered and 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.

In some circumstances West Yorkshire Police may be unable to achieve this deadline. If this is likely you will be informed at the earliest opportunity.

If you no longer require the information, please inform us at your earliest convenience.

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Dear Mr Wilby

Please could you advise of a time period you would like records to be searched between?

Your request will be put on hold until we receive a response from you.

Thank you

Kind regards
Gemma Burton
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Information Management
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Dear Freedom of Information,

The article, to which a link was helpfully supplied, does make the timeframe obvious. However, for clarity, the searches should be confined to between July 2018 and the date this request was acknowledged.

May I also take this opportunity to wish the disclosure team a happy and successful New Year, and thank you for the assistance provided in 2018?

Yours sincerely,

Neil Wilby
Investigative journalist

Twitter: @Neil_Wilby
Web: neilwilby.com

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Dear Mr Wilby,

Thank you for this clarification I can confirm that your request is no longer on hold and will be processed accordingly.

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Emily Dawson
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Information Management
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Dear Freedom of Information,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews within West Yorkshire Police (WYP).

The grounds for complaint are:

1. Section 10 (1) of the Act requires that an information request is finalised PROMPTLY and, in any event, not later than 20 working days after submission. The reviewer is therefore respectfully requested to address this point and explain why the finalisation of the request was delayed.

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/200...

2. To assist the wider world in understanding the reasons for the delay please disclose the internal correspondence relating to this request between the date of its submission (24th December, 2018) and today's date (28th January, 2019). This should, at the very least, reveal the timing, type and quality of searches undertaken to retrieve data captured by the request and its treatment, thereafter..

3. The genuinely held belief is that there has been a concerted effort to delay disclosure of materials relating to the Strategic Command Course between the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (WYOPCC), the College of Policing (the College) and WYP. To allay those suspicions, and reassure the wider world concerning the probity of these requests, please disclose all correspondence between WYP and WYOPCC or the College where the subject and/or text of the correspondence concerns this request. The material dates are, again, 24th December, 2018 until 28th January, 2019

4. Section 17 of the Act requires that a refusal notice be given PROMPTLY or not later than 20 working days after the request is received in respect of information not disclosed and where an exemption is to be relied upon.

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/200...

5. None of the requested information has been disclosed and there is no section 17 refusal notice, or explanation given for its absence.

6. The reviewer is respectfully requested to explore the reasons why the information requests I make to WYP, under the Act, are almost always finalised on or after the 20th working day after submission.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/r...

Yours faithfully,

Neil Wilby
Investigative journalist

Twitter: @Neil_Wilby
Web: neilwilby.com

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Dear Mr Wilby,

Thank you for your request for an internal review which has been logged today.

Your request will now be considered and you will receive a response within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act.

If you no longer require the information, please inform us at your earliest convenience.

Kind regards
Emily Dawson
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Information Management
Tel. 01924 296006

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Dear Mr Wilby,

 

Please see the attached document in relation to your information request.

 

Kind regards

Emily Dawson

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Information Management

Tel. 01924 296006

 

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Dear Freedom of Information,

Thank you for your communication of even date. The substance of the fnalisation is noted.

This is a request for a second internal review. The first was sent to you yesterday. The grounds set out here supplement that request.

The information request made on 24th December, 2018 was carefully titled and the requested disclosure itemised in plain language. There can be no room for ambiguity, or misinterpretation.

The response provided, on the 23rd working day after submission, can best be described as sub-optimal and self-defeating. In the circumstances, others might have been tempted to use more forceful, or colourful, language, but there we are.

I would venture to suggest, most respectfully, for the reasons set out in the first review, that the decision not to disclose was pre-formed and a reason, however implausible, arranged around that decision.

It is inconceivable, to this journalist at least, that an independent reviewer could come to the same conclusion as the disclosure officer when looking at the information request afresh. I rely, therefore, on that process to succeed. Failing that, the matter will be handed over to the Information Commissioner's Office for determination.

Finally, if the chief constable, and those to whom she/he delegates to deal with matters under the Act, chooses to persistently, and flagrantly, break the law then that is entirely a matter for her/him. She/he has complete operational independence, of course. However, I don't make the news, but it is part of my vocation as "social watchdog" to report it. An article detailing the convoluted progress of this request, and the two collateral request to the PCC's office and College of Policing on the same subject, is in the making. As ever, the police 'cover-up' attracts greater public interest and comment than the original matter(s) in issue.

The chief constable and your Information Rights Manager will be given every opportunity to comment upon it, via the WYP press office.

Yours sincerely,

Neil Wilby
Investigative journalist

Twitter: @Neil_Wilby
Web: neilwilby.com

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Dear Mr Wilby

I acknowledge your request for an Internal Review. Both the timeliness and a review of the response provided will be dealt with under reference IR 651/19.

The below elements are requesting new information and have therefore been logged as a new request under reference FOI 690/18.

2. To assist the wider world in understanding the reasons for the delay please disclose the internal correspondence relating to this request between the date of its submission (24th December, 2018) and today's date (28th January, 2019). This should, at the very least, reveal the timing, type and quality of searches undertaken to retrieve data captured by the request and its treatment, thereafter..

3. The genuinely held belief is that there has been a concerted effort to delay disclosure of materials relating to the Strategic Command Course between the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (WYOPCC), the College of Policing (the College) and WYP. To allay those suspicions, and reassure the wider world concerning the probity of these requests, please disclose all correspondence between WYP and WYOPCC or the College where the subject and/or text of the correspondence concerns this request. The material dates are, again, 24th December, 2018 until 28th January, 2019

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.

In some circumstances West Yorkshire Police may be unable to achieve this deadline. If this is likely you will be informed at the earliest opportunity.

Kind regards
Gemma Burton
Disclosure Officer
Information Management
01924 296006

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Dear Freedom of Information,

Thank you, I'm grateful.

The new FOI request URN is noted.

Yours sincerely,

Neil Wilby
Investigative journalist

Twitter: @Neil_Wilby
Web: neilwilby.com

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Dear Mr Wilby

 

Please see the attached document in relation to your Internal Review.

 

Kind regards

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Information Management

Tel. 01924 296006

 

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Dear Freedom of Information,

Thank you for the time, and care, taken over the internal review. I am grateful. Particularly, in respect of the explanation concerning the workload of your department. That is most helpful, and I am genuine in my admiration for such a small number of officers coping with such a heavy workload.

I try, as a journalist, to keep my burden on your department to the minimum possible, and will continue to do so. In this regard, any future internal reviews (if, indeed, they arise) will not raise the issue of timeliness (20 working days), unless the delay is inordinate (say 40 working days). Your assertion that you do your best is acknowledged, and adopted. On a wider view, WYP is certainly one of the better policing bodies from whom I routinely seek disclosure of information by way of the Act.

Yours sincerely,

Neil Wilby
Investigative journalist

Twitter: @Neil_Wilby
Web: neilwilby.com

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Dear Mr Wilby,

 

Please see the attached documents in relation to your information request.

 

Kind regards

Emily Dawson

Disclosure Officer

Information Management

Tel. 01924 296006

 

Read about the West Yorkshire Police Positive Action Recruitment Campaign - click to find out more:
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Dear Freedom of Information,

Thank you for the disclosures. I'm grateful.

The file can now be closed.

Kind regards,

Neil Wilby
Investigative journalist

Twitter: @Neil_Wilby

Web: neilwilby.com