Use of drones by the Met

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

1) Please can you tell me if the Met has used drones during 2018-19, either operationally or in testing?

If drones have been used please confirm
a) the dates of their use
b) The purpose for using them

Yours faithfully,

Tom Anderson

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

In relation to themy previous request, there is a typo. It should read
1) Please can you tell me if The Met has used drones (UAVs) during 2019-20, either operationally or in testing?
If drones have been used please confirm
a) the dates of their use
b) The purpose for using them

Yours faithfully,

Tom Anderson

Cyclops on behalf of Shilpitha Shetty, Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

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14/07/2020

 

 

 
 

 

 

Dear Mr Anderson,

 

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 01/FOI/20/015066

 

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 13/07/2020. I note you seek
access to the following information:

 

1) Please can you tell me if The Met has used drones (UAVs) during
2019-20, either operationally or in testing? 
If drones have been used please confirm 
a) the dates of their use 
b) The purpose for using them 

 

Your request will now be considered in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (the Act).  You will receive a response within the
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Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Shilpitha Shetty

 

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Dear Cyclops on behalf of Shilpitha Shetty,

Please could i also add this additional request

c) The company which supplied them

Yours sincerely,

Tom Anderson

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Anderson,

Thank you for your email.
I have updated your request now.

Kind regards,

Shilpitha Shetty| Triage Case Officer | Information Rights Unit
Strategy & Insight | Strategy & Governance | METHQ | Metropolitan Police Service
Email [email address]
Address: Information Rights Unit, PO Box 313, SIDCUP DA15 0HH

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Cyclops on behalf of Charmine Gayle-Petrou, Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

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03/08/2020

 

 

 
  

 

Dear Mr Anderson

 

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 01/FOI/20/015066

 

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 10/07/2020.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

 

1) Please can you tell me if The Met has used drones (UAVs) during
2019-20, either operationally or in testing? 
If drones have been used please confirm 
a) the dates of their use 
b) The purpose for using them 

Applicant's additional request
c) The company which supplied them 

 

I am sorry to inform you that we have not been able to complete our
response to your request by the date originally stated. 

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act), we have 20 working
days to respond to a request for information unless we are considering
whether the information requested is covered by one of the 'qualified
exemptions' (exemptions which must be tested against the public interest
before deciding whether they apply to the information in question). 

 

Where we are considering the public interest test against the application
of relevant qualified exemptions, Section 17(2)(b) provides that we can
extend the 20 day deadline.  Please see the legal annex for further
information on this section of the Act.

 

For your information we are considering the following exemption:

 

      Section 31 - Law Enforcement

 

I can now advise you that the amended date for a response is 08/09/2020.

 

Please note that this notice neither confirms nor denies that information
is held in respect of your request for information. 

May I apologise for any inconvenience caused.

  

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
contact me via email at [2]FOIA&[email address] quoting the
reference number above.

 

Yours sincerely

C. Gayle-Petrou

Information Manager

 

 

 

LEGAL ANNEX

 

Section 17(2) provides:

 

(2)       Where- 

 

(a) in relation to any request for information, a public authority is, as
respects any information, relying on a claim- 

(i) that any provision of Part II which relates to the duty to confirm or
deny and is not specified in section 2(3) is relevant to the request, or 

(ii) that the information is exempt information only by virtue of a
provision not specified in section 2(3), and 

 

(b) at the time when the notice under subsection (1) is given to the
applicant, the public authority (or, in a case falling within section
66(3) or (4), the responsible authority) has not yet reached a decision as
to the application of subsection (1)(b) or (2)(b) of section 2, the notice
under subsection (1) must indicate that no decision as to the application
of that provision has yet been reached and must contain an estimate of the
date by which the authority expects that such a decision will have been
reached.

 

 

 

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

 

Are you unhappy with how your request has been handled or do you think the
decision is incorrect?

 

You have the right to require the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to
review their decision.

 

Prior to lodging a formal complaint we invite you to email any queries to
the case officer who dealt with your request. 

 

Complaint

 

If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision of
the MPS made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding
access to information you can lodge a complaint with the MPS to have the
decision reviewed.

 

Complaints should be made in writing, within forty (40) working days from
the date of the refusal notice, and addressed to:

 

FOI Complaint

Information Rights Unit

PO Box 313

Sidcup

DA15 0HH

[3][the Met request email] 

 

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 20 working days.

 

The Information Commissioner

 

After lodging a complaint with the MPS if you are still dissatisfied with
the decision you may make application to the Information Commissioner for
a decision on whether the request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of the Act.

 

For information on how to make application to the Information Commissioner
please visit their website at www.ico.org.uk.  Alternatively, write to or
phone:

 

Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

Phone: 0303 123 1113

 

 

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Cyclops on behalf of Charmine Gayle-Petrou, Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

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02/09/2020

 

 

  
 

 

Dear Mr Anderson

 

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 01/FOI/20/015066

 

Please see the attached in respect of your Freedom of Information request
referenced above.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

C. Gayle-Petrou

Information Manager

 

 

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