UAV

Mr Kirby made this Freedom of Information request to Merseyside Police

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Dear Merseyside Police,

FOI request for info regarding the use of UAV's

Can you please answer the following

1) Are merseyside police currently using UAV drones for any other uses than training ?

2) Do your officers in control off these drones hold a pilots licence ?

3) How many drones does the force own and where are they based ?

Yours faithfully,

Mr confidential

Merseyside Police

Dear Mr Kirby / Mr confidential

Reference No : SM97/11


Thank you for your application for information concerning


1) Are merseyside police currently using UAV drones for any other
uses than training ?

2) Do your officers in control off these drones hold a pilots
licence ?

3) How many drones does the force own and where are they based ?



. This will be dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

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 nor containing a reference to a third party.
In the event that we are not able to achieve this deadline you will be informed at the earliest opportunity and
given a revised time-scale.

There may be a fee payable for the retrieval, collation and provision of the information you have requested. If
this is the case you will be informed and the 20 working day timescale will be suspended until we receive payment
from you.

Some requests may also require either full or partial transfer 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.

You may also need to be aware that in the recent past, the Information Commissioner has provided further guidance in
respect of section 8 of the Act, setting out the requirements for a valid
request:

"A public authority is entitled to treat as invalid a request where the real name of the applicant (whether an
individual or a corporate body) has not been used.
Requests involving known pseudonyms cannot be the subject of a valid complaint to the Information Commissioner under
section 50 of the FOI Act. Where a public authority knows that a pseudonym has been used, as a matter of good
practice it should still consider the request, for example where identity is not relevant and it is content to
disclose the information requested, even though technically the request is invalid. Either an e-mail or postal
address is acceptable as an address for correspondence."

In light of the above, you may wish to supply your full name. If you do not wish to do so then as per the guidance
above, if you are unhappy with the response you receive from Merseyside Police you will not be able to submit a
complaint to the Information Commissioner under section 50 of the Act.

Yours sincerely,

Sandra Miller
Disclosure Analyst
Information Bureau
Merseyside Police
PO BOX 59
LIVERPOOL L69 1JD
Tel: 0151 777 7021
Fax: 0151 777 7031
E-mail: [Merseyside Police request email]

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Dear Merseyside Police,

FOI request for info regarding the use of UAV's

Can you please answer the following

1) Are merseyside police currently using UAV drones for any other
uses than training ?

2) Do your officers in control off these drones hold a pilots
licence ?

3) How many drones does the force own and where are they based ?

Yours faithfully,

Mr kirby

Merseyside Police

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Dear Mr Kirby

Response Letter - FOI Application SM97/11

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by Merseyside Police on 05/07/11 I note that you seek access to the
following information:

1) Are merseyside police currently using UAV drones for any other
uses than training ?

2) Do your officers in control off these drones hold a pilots
licence ?

3) How many drones does the force own and where are they based ?

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted within
Merseyside Police to locate information relevant to your request. I can
confirm that the information that you requested is held by Merseyside
Police.

To locate the information relevant to your request, searches were conducted
in the Information Bureau
The searches located the records relevant to your request.

I have today decided to disclose the located information to you. Please
find attached my full Response Table.

(See attached file: ResponseTable SM97.11.doc)

Complaint Rights

Your attention is drawn to the information following this response, which
details your rights review and of complaint.

(See attached file: Complaints info.doc)

Should you have any further inquiries concerning this matter, please write
to, or e-mail me, at the below address, quoting the reference number above.

Yours faithfully

Sandra Miller
Disclosure Analyst
Information Bureau
Merseyside Police
PO BOX 59
LIVERPOOL L69 1JD
Tel: 0151 777 7021
Fax: 0151 777 7031
E-mail: [Merseyside Police request email]
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Dear Merseyside Police,

Update to previous request.

Please can you inform me what happened to the last UAV that Merseyside Police owned.

Please also include the value if it was sold

Yours faithfully,

Mr Kirby

Merseyside Police

Dear Mr Kirby

Reference No: SM129/11


Thank you for your application for information concerning

Update to previous request.

Please can you inform me what happened to the last UAV that
Merseyside Police owned.

Please also include the value if it was sold


This will be dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

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 nor containing a reference to a third party.
In the event that we are not able to achieve this deadline you will be informed at the earliest opportunity and
given a revised time-scale.

There may be a fee payable for the retrieval, collation and provision of the information you have requested. If this
is the case you will be informed and the 20 working day timescale will be suspended until we receive payment from
you.

Some requests may also require either full or partial transfer 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.


Yours sincerely,

Sandra Miller
Disclosure Analyst
Information Bureau
Merseyside Police
PO Box 59, Liverpool. L69 1JD
Telephone: 0151 777 7021 Fax: 0151 777 7031
Email : [Merseyside Police request email]

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Merseyside Police

Dear Mr Kirby ,

Reference No: SM-129/11

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by Merseyside Police on 18/08/11I note that you seek access to the
following information:

Please can you inform me what happened to the last UAV that
Merseyside Police owned.

Please also include the value if it was sold

I regret to inform you that we have not been able to complete our response
to your request within the statutory time limit.

We calculate that a response will be ready by 29/09/11 I can assure you
that every effort will be made to respond within this new timescale.

I apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Yours faithfully

Sandra Miller
Disclosure Analyst
Information Bureau
Merseyside Police
PO BOX 59
LIVERPOOL L69 1JD
Tel. 0151 777 7021
Fax:0151 777 7031
E-mail :[Merseyside Police request email]

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Dear Merseyside Police,

with respect it now seems you are dragging out this request, you have failed to respond in time on 2 occasions. I asked a perfectly legal and reasonable question. I would expect that if anyone is to work to the letter of the law it would at least be the police.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Kirby

Merseyside Police

Dear Mr Kirby,

In relation to the below request, I hope to be in a position to send you a
full response by the end of this week. I agree that you have asked a
reasonable question and apologise for the delay in providing an answer and
any inconvenience this may have caused.

Many thanks,

Dave Mackin
Freedom of Information Manager

Mr Kirby To [email address]
<[FOI #79005 email]> cc
Subject Re: Extension to FOI Request SM129/11 -
03/10/2011 11:58 [Not Protectively Marked]

     Dear Merseyside Police,
   
    with respect it now seems you are dragging out this request, you
    have failed to respond in time on 2 occasions. I asked a perfectly
    legal and reasonable question. I would expect that if anyone is to
    work to the letter of the law it would at least be the police.
   
    Yours faithfully,
   
    Mr Kirby
   
   

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Dear Merseyside Police,

Thanks for the apology Dave, Look forward to the reply.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Kirby

FAO Dave Mackin
Freedom of Information Manager

Can you please give me the reason as to why you keep failing to respond to this FOI Request, as you have yourself mentioned it is a reasonable request.

I believe I have had a fair amount of patience and this is the third time you have not kept to your time and your obviously outside the normal guidelines. If This continues to happen I will have no other options available other than to pass this issue on to your manager or the ICO.

Sorry to sound snotty but its a reasonable request and a legal requirement you disclose the information.

Gary Kirby

Feel free to contact me on [mobile phone number] should you feel it necessary

Yours faithfully,

Mr Kirby

Merseyside Police

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Dear Mr. Kirby,
Response - FOI Application - SM 129/11 UAV Drone

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by Merseyside Police on 18/08/2011. I note that you seek access to the
following information:

(paraphrased) :  What happened to the last UAV that Merseyside Police
owned?

Following receipt for your request searches were conducted within the
Merseyside Police to locate information relevant to your request. I can
confirm that the information that you requested is held by Merseyside
Police.

Thank you again for your patience with this request. As you are aware, we
aim to answer FOI requests within the statutory 20 working day time frame.
I am sorry that we could not meet the original deadline for this
application. I've waited until now to answer your previous email
correspondence (Fri 7 Oct), as I had hoped to have the response ready -
please find this attached below.

Should you have any further inquiries concerning this matter, please write
or e-mail me, on the below address, quoting the reference number above.

Yours faithfully,

Dave Mackin,
Freedom of Information Manager
Merseyside Police
Information Bureau
Disclosure Unit
PO BOX 59
LIVERPOOL  L69  1JD

Tel: 0151 777 7046
Fax: 0151 777 7031
E-mail:  [Merseyside Police request email]

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