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Training and Compliance Monitoring of Covid measures in Police Custody

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Dear West Midlands Police

What training and guidance has been provided for CDO and Sgt staff in Police Custody to protect the public, professional visitors and each other from risk of Covid transmission?

What standard safety advice is provided to visitors to the closed custody environment to protect them from risk of Covid transmission?

What monitoring arrangements are in place to ensure compliance and how can Police, detainees or visitors report concerns for non compliance if this is observed?

Yours faithfully,

G Reynolds

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Dear G Reynolds

 

FOI Request Reference1247A/20

 

Thank you for your request for information, received 19/12/20

 

REQUEST

 

What training and guidance has been provided for CDO and Sgt staff in
Police Custody to protect the public, professional visitors and each other
from risk of Covid transmission?

 

What standard safety advice is provided to visitors to the closed custody
environment to protect them from risk of Covid transmission?

 

What monitoring arrangements are in place to ensure compliance and how can
Police, detainees or visitors report concerns for noncompliance if this is
observed?

 

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Dear G Reynolds

 

 

 

FOI Request Reference:1247A/20

 

Thank you for your request for information, received 19/12/20

 

REQUEST

 

What training and guidance has been provided for CDO and Sgt staff in
Police Custody to protect the public, professional visitors and each other
from risk of Covid transmission?

 

What standard safety advice is provided to visitors to the closed custody
environment to protect them from risk of Covid transmission?

 

What monitoring arrangements are in place to ensure compliance and how can
Police, detainees or visitors report concerns for noncompliance if this is
observed?

 

RESPONSE

 

The redacted information is exempt by virtue of the following exemptions

 

Section 31 (1) (a) (b) (Law enforcement)

Section 40 (2) Personal Information 

 

These exemptions and explanatory notes are shown here:

 

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In line with the above, I am required to complete a Prejudice Test/Public
Interest Test (PIT) on disclosure. Please find this PIT attached

 

Section 40(2) is an absolute and class based exemption if to release the
information exists would breach the third party’s data protection rights. 
In this case to release this personal information would not constitute
fair processing of the data. As this exemption is class based I am not
required to identify the harm in disclosure and in this instance I believe
that the right to privacy outweighs any public interest in release.

 

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

 

[2]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:

 

[3]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.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Michelle Richardson | Freedom of Information
Corporate Communications | West Midlands Police

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

[4]If it’s not 999, search WMP Online

[5]twitter icon [6]Instagram Icon [7]YouTube Icon [8]Facebook icon

[9]View all our social network links

 

 

Our vision: Preventing crime, protecting the public and helping those in
need

 

This email is intended for the addressee only and may contain privileged
or confidential information. If received in error, please notify the
originator immediately. Any unauthorised use, disclosure, copying or
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
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5. http://www.twitter.com/wmpolice
6. http://www.instagram.com/westmidlandspol...
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8. http://www.facebook.com/westmidlandspolice
9. Social Networks
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