The use of force employed while policing fracking and fossil fuel extraction/exploration activities in your constabulary

Liam Ward made this Freedom of Information request to Thames Valley Police

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The request was refused by Thames Valley Police.

Dear Thames Valley Police,

I am writing on behalf of the Office of Keith Taylor MEP; I would like to make the following updated request relating to the cost of policing of any fracking, oil and/or gas drilling/exploration protests and opposition in your constabulary in the last five years - 12 months if you deem five years to be too burdensome, cost-wise.

The questions should follow logically and should not prove too burdensome to answer. I have tried to be as clear as possible, but please let me know at the earliest possible opportunity if you require any clarifications.

I am requesting all of the information in digital form, an excel file for data is preferred to graphs and tables embedded within pdf files.

Can you please provide the answers to the following questions, in every case I am asking for details within the last five years and by 'drilling' I mean shale gas exploration, conventional and unconventional oil and gas drilling:

1. How many reports of violence or aggression against your officers have you received - in relation to the policing of the site/s?
2. Have any of your officers reported any injuries sustained during the policing of the site/s?
3. If so, what were their injuries and how were they sustained?
4. How many official complaints have the Thames Valley Constabulary received by protesters and local residents about the policing of their activities at the site/s?
5. What were the complaints relating to?
6. How many 'use of force' reports have been submitted by officers at the site/s? (I would like the day as the number of reports per day, from the first deployment until the present day)
7. Can you provide any further details of the nature of the force detailed in the reports? If so, what force was used against protesters?
8. What equipment are officers permitted to use in the course of their policing at the site/s (i.e. batons, cuffs, spray, etc.)?
9. How often has the Thames Valley Constabulary had cause to use any of that equipment, and what specifically, since first deployment at the site/s and the date of this request?
10. Are officers been given any specific training before being deployed on the site/s for the first time?
11. If so, what is the training?
12. If no, why not?

Yours faithfully,

Liam Ward

Public Access, Thames Valley Police

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Dear Mr Ward

 

Please see the attached response to your request for recorded information.

 

Regards

 

Darren Humphries  | Public Access Officer

Joint Information Management Unit | Hampshire Constabulary & Thames Valley
Police

Telephone 300 6309 | Address Thames Valley Police Headquarters, Oxford
Road, Kidlington, Oxfordshire, OX5 2NX

 

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Dear Public Access,

Please find a new and updated request relating to fracking and oil and gas drilling protests below, the time frame of the request is the last two years and the questions have been modified as such that they do not constitute a repeat request (that has been repeatedly refused).

Costs

1. Has your force been involved in the policing or management of any fracking or oil and gas drilling/exploration protests in the last two years?
2. How many operations, relating to the above, have your force been involved with?
3. What has been the total cost to your constabulary of policing these protests (itemised per operation is possible)
4. Have you received any outside funding, i.e. from the firms operating any drilling of fracking licences, towards the cost of the policing operation?
5. If yes, how much and from who (itemised per question 3 if possible)?

Arrests

6. How many arrests were made during the operations outlined above?
7. Who was arrested and on what grounds (here I am requesting suitably anonymised data limited to age, gender, town/city of residence, and the reason for arrest)?
8. How many of those arrested were later charged (here I am requesting suitably anonymised data limited to age, gender, town/city of residence, and the reason for arrest)?
9. Of those charged, how many cases progressed to court (here I am requesting suitably anonymised data limited to age, gender, town/city of residence, and the reason for arrest)?
10. Of the cases that progressed to court, how many defendants were found guilty of the charge against them (here I am requesting suitably anonymised data limited to age, gender, town/city of residence, and the reason for arrest)?

Use of force

11. How many reports of violence or aggression against your officers involved in the above operations have you received?
12. How many of your officers reported any injuries sustained during the operations (and what were their injuries and how were they sustained)?
13. How many official complaints have Thames Valley Constabulary received by protesters about the operations (and what were they relating to)?
14. How many 'use of force' reports have been submitted by officers working on the operations?
15. Are officers been given any specific training before being deployed on these operations?
16. If so, what is the training?
17. If no, why not?

Yours sincerely,

Liam Ward

Public Access, Thames Valley Police

Dear Mr Ward

Please accept this email as acknowledgement to your request.  Your new reference number is indicated above and Thames Valley Police will respond in due course. 

Yours sincerely

Jonathan Hands | Public Access Manager
Joint Information Management Unit - Thames Valley Police and Hampshire Constabulary
External Telephone: +44 (0)1865 542051 | Internal: 300-6033
Address: Thames Valley Police Headquarters, Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 2NX

Public Access, Thames Valley Police

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Dear Mr Ward

 

Please find the attached response from Thames Valley Police to your
request for recorded information.

 

Regards

 

Darren Humphries  | Public Access Officer

Joint Information Management Unit | Hampshire Constabulary & Thames Valley
Police

Telephone 101 or +44(0)1865 542051 | Address Thames Valley Police
Headquarters, Oxford Road, Kidlington, Oxfordshire, OX5 2NX

 

Information Management Helpdesk:

Hampshire        [1][email address] / 02380
479580 (internal 4631754)

Thames Valley   [2][email address] /
01865 542051 (internal 300 6329)

 

 

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