Dear Malvern Hills District Council,

I am writing to make an open government request for all the
information to which I am entitled under the Freedom of Information
Act 2000.

Please send me:

The details of your use of body cameras in your organisation –

Does anyone (staff or contractors) in your organisation use/wear body cameras or body worn video recording devices while performing their duties?
If yes, please detail:
Who provides the body cameras and footage/evidence management used by your organisation?
How many staff members use body cameras and what capacities/teams do they work in? Are they staff or contractors (for e.g. outsourced security personnel)
How many body cameras in all are currently owned and/or used by your organisation?
Were the cameras bought as a one off purchase and if so, how much did they cost your organisation?
If they are part of an ongoing contract - what is the current contract term (how long is it and when does it expire) and what is the value of said contract?
Where is the data recorded stored – on premises locally or on cloud?
Who is the point of contact for your body camera programme?

I would like the above information to be provided to me via email.

If this request is too wide or unclear, I would be grateful if you
could contact me as I understand that under the Act, you are
required to advise and assist requesters. If any of this
information is already in the public domain, please can you direct
me to it, with page references and URLs if necessary.

If the release of any of this information is prohibited on the
grounds of breach of confidence, I ask that you supply me with
copies of the confidentiality agreement and remind you that
information should not be treated as confidential if such an
agreement has not been signed.

I understand that you are required to respond to my request within
the 20 working days after you receive this letter.

I would be grateful if you could confirm that you have received
this request, preferably via email.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

Sarah Brown

Nicola Stevens, Malvern Hills District Council

Thank you for your request for information which was received by this office on 8 January 2018.

Your request is being considered and we will contact you as soon as we can and not later than 20 working days following the date on which your request was received. That means we will respond to you no later than 2 February 2018.

The Freedom of Information Act defines a number of exemptions, which may prevent release of some or all of the information you have asked for. If this is the case we will write to advise you and also inform you of your rights of appeal.

In some circumstances we may make a charge for this information. This will be considered and we will tell you if a fee is payable. If a fee is payable, it must be paid before the information is processed and released. The 20 working day time limit allowed for our response will be suspended until receipt of the payment. Payment must be made within three months.

Nicola Stevens
PA/Management Secretary
And Freedom of Information Administrator

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Nicola Stevens, Malvern Hills District Council

Good Afternoon

 

Further to your request – Please see below.

 

Does anyone (staff or contractors) in your organisation use/wear body
cameras or body worn video recording devices while performing their
duties? Yes

 

If yes, please detail:

Who provides the body cameras and footage/evidence management used by your
organisation? Malvern Hills District Council

 

How many staff members use body cameras and what capacities/teams do they
work in? 6 - Civil Enforcement Officers, Community and Environmental
Protection Officers

 

Are they staff or contractors (for e.g. outsourced security personnel)
Staff.

 

How many body cameras in all are currently owned and/or used by your
organisation? 6.

 

Were the cameras bought as a one off purchase and if so, how much did they
cost your organisation? 6 Cameras were purchased for £2300

 

If they are part of an ongoing contract - what is the current contract
term (how long is it and when does it expire) and what is the value of
said contract? 1 year contract included in price above.

 

Where is the data recorded stored – on premises locally or on cloud?
Cloud.

 

Who is the point of contact for your body camera programme? Rob Rich,
Community Safety and Resilience Manager ([1][email address])

 

 

If you have any concerns about the handling of your enquiry, you should in
the first instance contact Meesha Patel, Legal Services Manager, at
Malvern Hills District Council either by email
[2][email address]  or in writing to The Council House,
Avenue Road, Malvern, Worcs. WR14 3AF.

If however, she is unable to resolve your concerns, you may then wish to
make an appeal directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision.
The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF.

 

 

Nicola Stevens

PA/Management Secretary

And Freedom of Information Administrator

 

 

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