Dear South Oxfordshire 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,

Lucy Johnson

FOI South, South Oxfordshire District Council

Dear Lucy
Thank you for your Freedom of Information/Environmental Information
Regulation request, which was received by South Oxfordshire District
Council on 7 January 2018.
Please accept this email as confirmation that your request has been
received and forwarded to the relevant department and that a response will
be sent to you within 20 working days.
The deadline for this will be 5 February 2018. 
The reference number for this request is South 17/677
I trust that this email is sufficient to assure you that your request is
being dealt with. However, should you have an queries in the meantime,
please do not hesitate to contact the FOI team at [South Oxfordshire District Council request email]
Regards
FOI Team
 
Policy & Partnerships
South Oxfordshire District Council
 
Direct line: 01235 422371
[1]www.southoxon.gov.uk 

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Johnson, Vicky,

Dear Ms Johnson

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information requests, which were logged
under FOI 17/677 SODC and 17/923 Vale and passed to me to respond
accordingly.

 

Under Section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 2000 Act) you
are entitled to be informed in writing whether the council holds the
information specified in your request and, if that is the case, to have
that information communicated to you unless any of the statutory
exemptions apply. I have considered your request and can confirm that the
information you have requested is exempt under Freedom of Information Act
Section 43(2) Commercial Interests.

 

The council outsources a number of its services to Capita, including the
billing and collection of council tax and business rates.  Capita uses
Enforcement Agents (Equita and Ross & Roberts) to collect unpaid council
tax and business rates on behalf of the council and their Agents do
operate body worn video. However, both Equita and Ross & Roberts, as
private enforcement contractors to a number of local authorities, regard
its procurement and operation to be commercially sensitive and therefore
as a result believe it to be exempt from disclosure under section 43(2).

 

Please treat this as the council's formal response under the 2000 Act. If
you are not satisfied with the decision I have made in response to your
request, you may complain under the council's complaints procedure. If you
remain dissatisfied after following that procedure, you have the right
under Section 50 of the 2000 Act to complain to the Information
Commissioner if you feel the council has not dealt with your request
properly. You can contact the Commissioner at Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF (telephone number: 01625 545745). You can also
find further information at [1]www.ico.gov.uk .

 

Kind Regards

 

Vicky Johnson
Revenues & Benefits Client Officer

 

Finance

Vale of White Horse District Council &
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