Uniform

Aodhán R made this Freedom of Information request to Police Service of Northern Ireland

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

The request was partially successful.

Dear Police Service of Northern Ireland,

Please provide:

- A detailed outline of the total costs of uniforms,
- Individual break downs of item prices,
- and any handbooks or guides relating to the use and appearance of the uniforms.

Yours faithfully,

Aodhán R.

Police Service of Northern Ireland

This e-mail has been marked OFFICIAL [PUBLIC];

20th May 2019

Dear Aodhan R,

FREEDOM of INFORMATION ACT 2000

I write in connection with your request for information dated 26th May
2019 which was received by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI)
on 26th May 2019.  I note you seek access to the following information:

Police uniform costs & guidance

This request will be dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. A response should be sent to you within 20 working
days however I would like to advise you that PSNI are currently
experiencing a delay in the processing of requests and we aim to respond
to your request as soon as possible.

If your request is unclear and clarification is required the 20 day
legislative time limit dictated by the Freedom of Information Act 2000
will be stopped until we receive clarification of your request. The ICO
guidance at paragraph 40 of the link below sets out that the clock begins
anew the day after the clarification is received. It states

“If the requester subsequently provides enough detail to enable the
authority to identify and locate the information, then the authority must
respond to the clarified request within a new 20 working day time limit
with the ‘clock’ starting the day after it receives the required
clarification. “

The link for this is:

[1]https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisatio...

In the event where the cost of complying with the request would exceed the
“appropriate level”, which is fixed at £450, as stated in the Freedom of
Information Regulations 2004, it is the policy of the PSNI to close the
request. You will however be notified of this decision and given an
opportunity to refine and resubmit the request.

If your request requires either full or partial transference to another
public authority in order to answer your query, again, you will be
notified.

If you have any queries regarding your request please write or contact the
Freedom of Information Team on 028 9070 0164. Please remember to quote the
reference number listed above in any future communications with the
Freedom of Information Team.

If you are dissatisfied in any way with the handling of your request, you
have the right to request a review. You should do this as soon as
possible, or in any case within two months of the date of issue of this
letter. In the event that you require a review to be undertaken, you can
do so by writing to the Head of Freedom of Information, PSNI Headquarters,
65 Knock Road, Belfast, BT5 6LE or by emailing [email address]. 

If following an internal review, carried out by an independent decision
maker, you were to remain dissatisfied in any way with the handling of the
request you may make a complaint, under Section 50 of the Freedom of
Information Act, to the Information Commissioner’s Office and ask that
they investigate whether the PSNI has complied with the terms of the
Freedom of Information Act.  You can write to the Information Commissioner
at Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF. In most circumstances the Information
Commissioner will not investigate a complaint unless an internal review
procedure has been carried out, however the Commissioner has the option to
investigate the matter at his discretion.

Yours sincerely,

FOI Decision Maker
FOI Unit
PSNI HQ Brooklyn

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Dear Police Service of Northern Ireland,

My full name is Aodhán Robertson.

Dear Police Service of Northern Ireland,

I would like to remind you of your obligation to reply by the 17th of June 2019.

Yours faithfully,

Aodhán Robertson

Police Service of Northern Ireland

This e-mail has been marked OFFICIAL [PUBLIC];

Aodhán Robertson

In reply to your email below, the PSNI Corporate Information Branch are currently experiencing a high volume of requests which are causing a delay in issuing responses.

We can assure you that we are endeavouring to expedite your request as quickly as possible; however, we cannot offer a specific time-scale.

Please accept our apologies for the delay. We appreciate your patience.

Corporate Information Branch
PSNI

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Police Service of Northern Ireland

This e-mail has been marked OFFICIAL [PUBLIC];

5th July 2019

Dear Mr. R Aodhan

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

I write in connection with your request for information dated 20th May
2019 which was received by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI)
on 20th May 2019.  I note you seek access to the following information:

Police uniform costs & guidance

To enable the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) to meet your
request could you please provide further clarification on the following.

PSNI Procurement Department has asked if you can confirm if this is for
all uniform items, including specialist officers eg; motorcyclist,
cyclist, Special Operations, Tactical Support Groups. Would it include
Public Order uniform and body armour?

 

You should be aware that the 20 day legislative time limit dictated by the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 has been stopped. Once we receive
clarification of your request a new 20 working day time limit will
commence.

Please send clarification of your request by writing to Freedom of
Information Team, PSNI Headquarters, 65 Knock Road Belfast BT5 6LE or by
email to [email address]. Alternatively, if you wish to discuss
your request or have any additional queries you can contact the FOI Unit
on 028 9070 0164.

Yours sincerely,

Nichola

FOI Decision Maker
FOI Unit
PSNI HQ Brooklyn

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Dear Police Service of Northern Ireland,

Yes, I'd like the cost for every single uniform that is issued to officers.

Yours faithfully,

Aodhán R

Police Service of Northern Ireland

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This e-mail has been marked OFFICIAL [PUBLIC];

Subject:        FOI-2019-01188
7th August 2019

Dear Mr. Aodhan R,

FREEDOM of INFORMATION ACT 2000

I write in connection with your request for information dated 20th May
2019 which was received by the Police
Service of Northern Ireland on 20th May 2019 concerning:

Police uniform costs & guidance

 

Please find attached response to your request.

 

Yours sincerely,

Nichola

FOI Decision Maker
Corporate Information Branch
PSNI HQ Brooklyn

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Dear Police Service of Northern Ireland,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Police Service of Northern Ireland's handling of my FOI request 'Uniform'.

I have been refused information for these questions:

- A detailed outline of the total costs of uniforms,
- Individual break downs of item prices,

I would like the PSNI to reconsider my questions. I am only asking for the prices, not the names of manufacturers or anything that could potentially put anyone at harm. The prices of uniforms are public interest and should not be kept a secret.

The British Transport Police in Great Britan had no problem with releasing such information, found below:
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/2...

So why do the PSNI keep secrets?

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

Yours faithfully,

Aodhán Robertson

Police Service of Northern Ireland

This e-mail has been marked OFFICIAL [PUBLIC];

Subject:  FOI-2019-01188

9th August 2019

Dear Mr. Robertson

FREEDOM of INFORMATION ACT 2000

I acknowledge receipt of your correspondence dated  requesting that Police
Service of Northern Ireland review its response to your request for
information concerning:

Police uniform costs & guidance

An internal review will be conducted in accordance with Police Service of
Northern Ireland's review procedure.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 an independent
decision maker will carry out a review of this case and advise you in
writing of the outcome.

If you wish to discuss this matter prior to receiving a response please
contact me on 028 9070 0164.  Please remember to quote the reference
number above in any future communications.

If following an internal review you were to remain dissatisfied in any way
with the handling of the request you may make a complaint to the
Information Commissioner’s Office and ask that they investigate whether
the PSNI has complied with the terms of the Freedom of Information Act. 
You can write to the Information Commissioner at Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF. In most circumstances the Information Commissioner will not
investigate a complaint unless an internal review procedure has been
carried out, however the Commissioner has the option to investigate the
matter at his discretion.

Yours sincerely

June

FOI Decision Maker
Corporate Information Branch
PSNI HQ Brooklyn

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Police Service of Northern Ireland

This e-mail has been marked OFFICIAL [PUBLIC];

Dear Mr Robertson,

I am carrying out an internal review of your FOI request in which you ask for:

1.A detailed outline of the total costs of uniforms,
2. Individual break downs of item prices,
-3.and any handbooks or guides relating to the use and appearance of the uniforms.

I am interpreting question 1 as a request for the total spend on uniforms. Would you please clarify what timeframe you are requesting the total cost of uniforms for? ( i.e. is it 2017/2018?)

Yours sincerely,

Ms Morris
Corporate Information

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Dear Police Service of Northern Ireland,

2017/2018. 2019 if you can.

Yours faithfully,

Aodhán R

Police Service of Northern Ireland

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This e-mail has been marked OFFICIAL [PUBLIC];

Subject: FOI-2019-01188
3rd October 2019

Dear Mr. Robertson

FREEDOM of INFORMATION ACT 2000

Following your request for us to review our previous response concerning:

Police uniform costs & guidance

I can advise you that Police Service of Northern Ireland has now completed
its review - please see attachment.

Yours sincerely,

Ms Morris
Corporate Information

 

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