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Use of Body Worn Video

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Dear Knowsley Metropolitan Borough 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

Freedom of Information, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Ms Johnson,

 

Thank you for your email received on 8 January 2018 requesting information
about use of body worn cameras.

 

I have recorded your request for information under reference
F2018.01.4223.

 

This has been passed to the relevant service and you will receive a
response by 5 February 2018.

 

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falls within the regulations of an EIR (Environmental Information).

 

You will be informed if a fee is to be applied before information is to be
provided.

 

If you need further information please contact me.

 

Kind regards,

 

Freedom of Information

Knowsley MBC

Archway Road

Huyton

Knowsley

Merseyside

L36 9UX

 

 

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Dear Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Use of Body Worn Video'.
I am still waiting for a response to the FOI I sent out. The 20 days limit has now exceed and by law you are required to respond within this time frame. Please respond promptly.

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,

Lucy Johnson

KMBC Have your say, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

 

 

Dear Ms Johnson

 

Please accept my apologies for the delay in the response to your freedom
of information request.  The information you have requested is detailed
below.  We receive a significant number of requests and we endeavour to
complete these requests however we need to ensure that all other critical
tasks are prioritised and completed appropriately.

 

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

 

Body worn cameras are currently worn by officers of the Council's
contractor for the provision of environmental enforcement

 

If yes, please detail:

Who provides the body cameras and footage/evidence management used by your
organisation?

 

The cameras are provided by the contractor

 

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?

 

The cameras are used by 4 enforcement officers and a team leader employed
by the contractor.  The team enforces environmental legislation such as
littering and dog fouling and the cameras are used to record the officers'
interaction with alleged offenders upon approach.

 

Were the cameras bought as a one off purchase and if so, how much did they
cost your organisation?

 

The cameras were purchased by the contractor and so the Council does not
hold this information

 

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?

 

The cameras were supplied as part of a 3 year contract to Kingdom

 

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

 

The data is stored on the Council's servers

 

Who is the point of contact for your body camera programme?

 

We have looked into this aspect of your request for information -please
note that we do not disclose any information regarding roles / structures
that are not in the public domain under Section 40 of the FOI Act.

 

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

 

 

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