Taser policies and procedures

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Can I please request the policies related to the following questions:

Procedure of withdrawing taser without discharging it, and the paperwork related to such.
Procedure of withdrawing taser and discharging it, and the paperwork related to such.

And does the withdrawal of taser without discharge require any paper trail

Yours faithfully,

Curtis Bolton

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr  Bolton

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2017080000114

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 02/08/2017.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

* Can I please request the policies related to the following questions:
Procedure of withdrawing taser without discharging it, and the
paperwork related to such. Procedure of withdrawing taser and
discharging it, and the paperwork related to such. And does the
withdrawal of taser without discharge require any paper trail

Your request will now be considered in accordance with the Freedom of
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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

This has surpassed the deadline date by 4 days, and I believe that it may of been forgotten about, I just wanted to make sure that this was answered.

Yours faithfully,

Curtis Bolton

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Bolton,

Thank you for your e-mail. I am sorry that the MPS has not been able to provide you with a response within the 20 working day timeframe. I can confirm that your request is still in progress. The person dealing with your request is Audeeba Ali.

Audeeba: I would be grateful if you could please provide Mr Bolton with an update on his request.

Thank you.

Regards,

Kolsuma Sultana| FOI Triage Team | 
Strategy & Insight | Strategy & Governance | Met HQ | Metropolitan Police Service
Telephone: 0207 161 3500 (10am – 2pm) | Internal: 703510 | Email: [email address]
Address: Information Rights Unit, 3rd Floor, PO Box 57192, London, SW6 1SF

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

We are now coming in to the second week of no answer past the allotted time of 20 days, I appreciate that you may receive a lot of FOI Requests however I am dissatisfied to the time it has taken thus far to get back to me with my request.

I am willing to give until the end of the week until a complaint is filed, which I believe is more than adequate.

Yours faithfully,

Curtis Bolton

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Bolton,

I can confirm that your request is still currently in progress. I have forwarded your email to the Information Manager (Audeeba Ali) whom is currently dealing with your request. She should be in touch shortly with a response to your query below.

Regards,

Kolsuma Sultana
Administrative Assistant | Freedom Of Information Triage Team | 
Strategy & Insight | Strategy & Governance | Met HQ | Metropolitan Police Service
Telephone: 0207 161 3500 (10am – 2pm) | Internal: 703510 | Email: [email address]
Address: Information Rights Unit, 3rd Floor, PO Box 57192, London, SW6 1SF

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Are you able to provide me with a day/time scale? As this is already past the legal deadline for which I should of had a reply And other than when chasing yourselves up, I have had no update.

Yours faithfully,

Curtis Bolton

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Bolton,

I am unable to provide you with any further information other than that your request is still currently in progress. I have forwarded your email to Audeeba who will be able to provide you with an update as to the status of your request. She will be back in the office on Thursday 14th September 2017 I have requested that she updates you upon her return to the office.

Audeeba: Could you please email Mr Bolton upon your return with an update please.

Regards,

Kolsuma Sultana
Administrative Assistant | Freedom Of Information Triage Team | 
Strategy & Insight | Strategy & Governance | Met HQ | Metropolitan Police Service
Telephone: 0207 161 3500 (10am – 2pm) | Internal: 703510 | Email: [email address]
Address: Information Rights Unit, 3rd Floor, PO Box 57192, London, SW6 1SF

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Can I ask why I’m only finding out now, a month+ after my request was initially made?!

Yours faithfully,

Curtis Bolton

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Bolton,

Thank you for your email however I am not quite sure what you mean by "Can I ask why I’m only finding out now, a month+ after my request was initially made?!". What is it you are only finding out now?

Regards,

David Edwards
Information Rights Unit

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

I submitted my request on the 5th of last month, giving you until the first of this month to answer, which you haven’t as a respective authority. I am now being informed there is a further 2-4 days before I get a reply due to someone being on leave, when we are already 11 days past the legally stated time for you to answer.

Along with my original request, I wish to know why it’s taken the time it has to answer my request.

Yours faithfully,

Curtis Bolton

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Bolton,

I'm sorry that you are dissatisfied with the processing of your request. The person dealing with your request (Audeeba Ali) is out of the office until tomorrow. As this is her case she will be able to update you, the team that manage the inbox and log the requests (known as the Triage Team) are not able to provide these sort of updates and this is why our acknowledgment states:

"Should your enquiry relate to the logging or allocations process we will be able to assist you directly and where your enquiry relates to other matters (such as the status of the request) we will be able to pass on a message and/or advise you of the relevant contact details."

To clarify, after logging the request the matter is allocated to one of the MPS Information Managers who are responsible for the case.

If you remain dissatisfied with the processing of your request we can log an Internal Review. If you would like to submit an Internal Review please let me know and we will get that put on the system and acknowledged as soon as possible.

Regards,

David Edwards
Information Rights Unit

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Bolton
Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2017080000114
I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 02/08/2017.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

* "Can I please request the policies related to the following questions:
Procedure of withdrawing taser without discharging it, and the
paperwork related to such.
* Procedure of withdrawing taser and discharging it, and the paperwork
related to such. And does the withdrawal of taser without discharge
require any paper trail "

Unfortunately I have been unable to complete your request within the time
frame.
To provide you with a update, I have drafted a response and I have passed
this for approval. Once I receive this I shall respond to you.
Apologies for the delay.

Yours sincerely

Audeeba Ali
Freedom of 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 to discuss the
response with the case officer who dealt with your request.  
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, within forty (40) working days from
the date of the refusal notice, and addressed to:
FOI Complaint
Information Rights Unit
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF
[email address]
In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 20 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.ico.org.uk.  Alternatively, write to or
phone:
Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone: 0303 123 1113

Total Policing is the Met's commitment to be on the streets and in your
communities to catch offenders, prevent crime and support victims. We are
here for London, working with you to make our capital safer.

 

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attachments may be read by monitoring staff. Only specified personnel are
authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
reached with other employees or agents.  The security of this email and
any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned
but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

 

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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Bolton,

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2017080000114

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 02/08/2017.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

“Can I please request the policies related to the following questions:

Procedure of withdrawing taser without discharging it, and the paperwork
related to such.

Procedure of withdrawing taser and discharging it, and the paperwork
related to such.

And does the withdrawal of taser without discharge require any paper
trail”

SEARCHES TO LOCATE INFORMATION

To locate the information relevant to your request searches were conducted
at the Specialist Crime and Operations Unit. The searches located
information relevant to your request.

DECISION

I have today decided to disclose the located information to you in full.

Below is an extract from the current MPS Police Use of TASER SOP.

“Reporting of TASER Use

8.50        All uses of TASER will be reportable via the National Use of
Force Data Collection Programme.”

 It has been taken that the term 'withdrawing' to mean drawing of the
TASER from its approved holster.

Drawing of TASER is classed as a 'use' of the device and will be recorded
as above and in the officers evidential notes or statement if appropriate,
whether it is discharged or not.

When an officer draws their Taser operationally they need to justify their
actions and complete notes in either a statement or Evidence Notes. If
there has been a use against a person they will also complete a National
Use of Force Data Collection Programme record which is a computer based
system. This is whether the Taser is discharged/fired or not.

 

The officer uses the National Decision Model to decide what action/force
they use. This model is in the Authorised Profession Practice on the
College of Policing website.

Any report will include date, time and location of the incident. Details
of the people involved will be entered on the form, including name,
gender, age and ethnicity. The officer will attempt to describe the scene
and any behaviour displayed by the subject, particularly any violent acts
or intentions while trying to note any symptoms of emotional or mental
distress. The officer will detail the tactics considered and the rationale
behind their use of TASER. These reports will be examined by supervising
officers for auditing and organisational learning purposes. This helps the
MPS develop tactics and responses to future incidents if appropriate.  

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
contact me quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Audeeba Ali
Freedom of Information Manager

In complying with their statutory duty under sections 1 and 11 of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 to release the enclosed information, the
Metropolitan Police Service will not breach the Copyright, Designs and
Patents Act 1988. However, the rights of the copyright owner of the
enclosed information will continue to be protected by law.  Applications
for the copyright owner's written permission to reproduce any part of the
attached information should be addressed to MPS Directorate of Legal
Services, 10 Lambs Conduit Street, London, WC1N 3NR.
 
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 to discuss the
response with the case officer who dealt with your request.  

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, within forty (40) working days from
the date of the refusal notice, and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Information Rights Unit
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF
[email address]

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 20 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.ico.org.uk.  Alternatively, write to or
phone:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone: 0303 123 1113

Total Policing is the Met's commitment to be on the streets and in your
communities to catch offenders, prevent crime and support victims. We are
here for London, working with you to make our capital safer.

 

Consider our environment - please do not print this email unless
absolutely necessary.

NOTICE - This email and any attachments may be confidential, subject to
copyright and/or legal privilege and are intended solely for the use of
the intended recipient. If you have received this email in error, please
notify the sender and delete it from your system.  To avoid incurring
legal liabilities, you must not distribute or copy the information in this
email without the permission of the sender. MPS communication systems are
monitored to the extent permitted by law.  Consequently, any email and/or
attachments may be read by monitoring staff. Only specified personnel are
authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
reached with other employees or agents.  The security of this email and
any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned
but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

 

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