Vera Baird - Independent Police Complaints Scrutiny Panel - Northumbria Police Complaints

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Martin MCGartland

20 January 2017

Dear Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner,

I am writing to you about the "Independent Police Complaints Scrutiny Panel" which it states on the Northumbria OPCC, http://www.northumbria-pcc.gov.uk/volunt... ; "Vera Baird is determined that Northumbria Police deal with complaints against themselves in an open and transparent way. The Commissioner has carried out an investigation into how Northumbria Police deal with complaints against themselves.

The Commissioner has appointed an Independent Police Complaints Scrutiny Panel made up of members of the public who will undertake a scrutiny role under the guidance of the OPCC into how Northumbria Police deal with complaints. Following an advertisement for public involvement, she received 16 applications to be a Member of the Scrutiny Panel and seven were subsequently appointed to the Panel.

The panel work together to scrutinise varied aspects of policing from an objective point of view. It reviews ‘dip sampled’ completed police complaints files and raise issues relating to complaints handling e.g. appropriate resolutions, timeliness of response, etc. It will ensure all paperwork is complete to a high standard and feedback to the Commissioner to ensure wider issues can be included in her priorities.

The panel will also highlight where policing is working consistently well so the appropriate acknowledgement can be communicated and areas of good practice highlighted so that their findings can be rolled out into other areas.

The seven Members of the Scrutiny Panel, who were subject to the usual police vetting procedures, have received the appropriate training and commenced the work of the Panel in October 2013."

I would like the following information ;

1. Details of all guidance, rules or policies that Independent Scrutiny Panel members have to follow.

2. What has the Independent Scrutiny Panel done during the past 12 months?

3. How much has each of the Scrutiny Panel members been paid during the past 12 months ? I would like this information to be broken down and to show every amount paid to each panel member.
I dont require personal information, i.e. I will accept, Panel member 1 was paid £? for a, b, c, d etc, Panel member 5 was paid £? for a, b, c, d etc, Panel member 7 was paid £? for a, b, c , d etc

4. Was any of the panel members (or any of their families) known to the Commissioner and or to any of her staff before they were selected as panels members. If so, please supply full details

5. Have any of the panel members ever been invited to any Northumbria Police events, work functions parties etc. If they have, please supply full details.

Yours faithfully,

Martin McGartland

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

Dear Mr McGartland,

Subject: Freedom of Information Acknowledgement – Reference 22017

I refer to the request, which you have made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for records held by this office.

Your request was received by this department on 23 January 2017.

A final decision on your request would normally be sent to you within 20 working days of receipt of your request. This means that you can expect to receive your decision by 20 February 2016.

There are some limited situations under the Freedom of Information Act, which could mean that the period for a final decision may be longer than the normal 20 working days. If this occurs in your request, we will promptly advise you in writing.

Should our final decision not reach you on time, please feel free to contact the officer named to discuss any problems that may have arisen.

If you have not heard from us once the allotted time has expired, you are automatically entitled to appeal to this department for a review of the matter. This review is a full and new examination of the matter, and is carried out by a more senior member of staff of this office.

In the event that you need to make such an appeal, you can do so by writing to Kevin Payne of this department at the details given below. You should state that you are appealing because an initial decision was not sent to you within the time permitted. In that event, you would normally have 40 days (after the original decision should have been sent to you) in which time to make the appeal.

Yours sincerely.

Kevin Payne
Office of Mrs Vera Baird QC
Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria

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Enquiries, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

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Dear Mr McGartland,

Subject: Freedom of Information Request

Thank you for your email dated 21 January 2017 in which you make a request for access to certain information which may be held by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria.

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police and Crime Commissioner), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

You asked:

1. Details of all guidance, rules or policies that Independent Scrutiny Panel members have to follow.

I have enclosed two documents which set out the role of the Independent Scrutiny Panel Members.

2. What has the Independent Scrutiny Panel done during the past 12 months?

No information held.

3. How much has each of the Scrutiny Panel members been paid during the past 12 months ? I would like this information to be broken down and to show every amount paid to each panel member.
I dont require personal information, i.e. I will accept, Panel member 1 was paid £? for a, b, c, d etc, Panel member 5 was paid £? for a, b, c, d etc, Panel member 7 was paid £? for a, b, c , d etc

No information held.

4. Was any of the panel members (or any of their families) known to the Commissioner and or to any of her staff before they were selected as panels members. If so, please supply full details

No information held.

5. Have any of the panel members ever been invited to any Northumbria Police events, work functions parties etc. If they have, please supply full details.

No information held.

You may be interested to know that Northumbria Police & Crime Commissioner routinely publish information via the Disclosure Log. The aim of the Disclosure Log is to promote openness and transparency by voluntarily placing information into the public arena.

The Disclosure Log contains copies of some of the information that has been disclosed by Northumbria Police & Crime Commissioner in response to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Whilst it is not possible to publish all responses we will endeavour to publish those where we feel that the information disclosed is in the public interest.

The Disclosure Log will be updated once responses have been sent to the requester.

I have provided the relevant link below.

http://www.northumbria-pcc.gov.uk/transp...

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police & Crime Commissioner. Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation. In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.

How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure which is attached.

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.

Yours sincerely.

Kevin Payne
Office of Dame Vera Baird QC
Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria

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Martin McGartland (Account suspended)

02 February 2017

Dear Enquiries,

This is a request for an internal review.

In reply to my request you have answered as follows;

Q 1. Details of all guidance, rules or policies that Independent Scrutiny Panel members have to follow.

A I have enclosed two documents which set out the role of the Independent Scrutiny Panel Members.

The document that you disclosed in reply to this part of the request is not details of all guidance, rules or policies. The document is a recruitment document for Scrutiny Panel members . Please release all of the requested information.

Q 2. What has the Independent Scrutiny Panel done during the past 12 months?

A No information held.

You have not dealt with this part of my request within the FOIA. Please supply full details concerning what cases, batch of files, complaints (no personal information required) carried out by each member during past 12 months. The document that you have disclosed includes; "...each member will review a batch of six files within either one full day or two half days per batch. " I would also like a detailed list of all other tasks , works etc that each panel member. I would also expect OPCC to contact each panel member to request information from them relating to this request.

Q 3. How much has each of the Scrutiny Panel members been paid during the past 12 months ? I would like this information to be broken down and to show every amount paid to each panel member.
I dont require personal information, i.e. I will accept, Panel member 1 was paid £? for a, b, c, d etc, Panel member 5 was paid £? for a, b, c, d etc, Panel member 7 was paid £? for a, b, c , d etc

A No information held.

I would remind OPCC, PCC that they are expected to account for all public funds spent. They sould also contact each panel member to request information from them about all amounts paid to them. The document released refers to payments, daily amounts to each panel member, half and full days. The request is for all amounts paid to each panel member.

Q 4. Was any of the panel members (or any of their families) known to the Commissioner and or to any of her staff before they were selected as panels members. If so, please supply full details

A No information held.

You have not dealt with this part of my request. I would expect OPCC to put this question to the PCC, the panel members as well as PCC staff.

5. Have any of the panel members ever been invited to any Northumbria Police events, work functions parties etc. If they have, please supply full details.

No information held.

You have not dealt with this part of my request. I would expect OPCC to put this question to the PCC, the panel members as well as PCC staff.

Yours sincerely,

Martin McGartland

Enquiries, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

Dear Mr McGartland,

Thank you for your recent email.

I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your request for an internal review.

My colleague is currently in the process of reviewing this request and will be in a position to respond to you further very soon.

Best Wishes.

Kevin Payne
Office of Mrs Vera Baird QC
Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria

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Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

Dear Mr McGartland,
Thank you for your correspondence dated 2 February 2017 in which you
requested a review of the response to your request for access to certain
information which may be held by Northumbria Police and Crime
Commissioner.

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of
access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police and
Crime Commissioner) subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

Freedom of Information Request

I have copied below the details pertinent to your initial Freedom of
Information request dated 21 January 2017 and the information which was
provided to you in response.

1. Details of all guidance, rules or policies that Independent Scrutiny
Panel members have to follow.

 

I have enclosed two documents which set out the role of the Independent
Scrutiny Panel Members.

 

2. What has the Independent Scrutiny Panel done during the past 12 months?

 

No information held.

 

3. How much has each of the Scrutiny Panel members been paid during the
past 12 months ? I would like this information to be broken down and to
show every amount paid to each panel member.

I dont require personal information, i.e. I will accept, Panel member 1
was paid £? for a, b, c, d etc, Panel member 5 was paid £? for a, b, c, d
etc, Panel member 7 was paid £? for a, b, c , d etc

 

No information held.

 

4. Was any of the panel members (or any of their families) known to the
Commissioner and or to any of her staff before they were selected as
panels members. If so, please supply full details

 

No information held.

 

5. Have any of the panel members ever been invited to any Northumbria
Police events, work functions parties etc. If they have, please supply
full details.

 

No information held.

Internal Review

Subsequently, you have requested an internal review following the
information you have been provided. I am now in a position to respond to
you as follows.

1. The information provided to you in this part of your request relates to
two separate documents, which clearly outline the role of the Independent
Scrutiny Panel Members. Having reviewed the respective files, there are no
further documents/information relating to this matter.

2. Having conducted the requisite enquiries, I can confirm that the OPCC
hold no information relating to this aspect of your request.

3. Again, having reviewed our files on this matter, no information is held
relating to this part of your request.

4. Following review, no information was located relating to this request.

5. As per the above response to question 4, no information held.

In conclusion, it is the decision of this review that the original
response was entirely appropriate.

If you remain dissatisfied with the outcome of this review then it remains
open to you to refer this matter to the Information Commissioner at the
following address:

The Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Yours sincerely.

Scott Duffy
Director of Business
Office of Dame Vera Baird QC
Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dear Northumbria Police,

During the previous 25 years Northumbria Police (from the top down) have been behind and involved in serious corruption against me and my cases.

This has included but is not limited to;

- A number of failed malicious prosecutions against me (one of which almost costing me my life);

- Deliberately concealing and or destroying evidence to cover up corruption in my cases and to protect corrupt officers from investigation and being held to account;

- Botching my 1999 attempted murder case - as a result of a state criminal conspiracy - to cover up terrorist involvement and also to protect PIRA and also the PIRA terrorists who tried to murder me.

Northumbria Police have been covering this up for the past 18 years. CC Winton Keenen has been covering it up since at lease 2006 and he continues to do so right up to the present date;

- Protecting suspect/s in my attempted murder (including known IRA terrorists) from arrest when their is both compelling grounds as well as evidence to arrest;

- Failing to carry out any type of review/s (including external force review/s) into my 1999 unsolved attempted murder case between 1999 and 2015 ;

- Carrying out the first and only case review in 2015 (16 years later) and only after years of complaints by me (all covered up by PSD, Winton Keenen and others) and only because of pressure brought by me. Only then did Winton Keenen order a review that was carried out by Roger Ford. I maintain that information and evidence was deliberately withheld from Roger Ford, by Special Branch / Winton Keenen and others), when he under took his review. And that this was done for above reasons.

Not withstanding the above, Roger Ford (God bless him) made 36 recommendations and he also prepared a report for Winton Keenen, others. Winton Keenen, NP have concealed and discovered up those 36 recommendations - some I say relate to serious failings and corruption in my attempted murder case) - as well as the Roger Ford review report.

Winton Keenen has ignored all requests by me - as the victim in the case - to be supplied with a copy of the Roger Ford report and 36 recommendations. I have still not been supplied a copy. Winton Keenen, Special Branch and NP have still, 3 years later, not acted on the Roger Ford report and the 36 recommendations.

- NP and its PSD have whitewashed, botched my complaints (but in almost each / every case have refused to even record my complaints even when there was compelling and also independent evidence - this corruption was also for above reasons) . Complaints made against Winton Keenen and others have also never been recorded or investigated.

- NP officers, PSD (and also Winton Keenen) and or others acting under their direction and control have wilfully mislead and lied to IPCC, PCC Northumbria, OPCC Northumbria and to me as the victim

- A relentless and sanctioned - from the very top - 23 year campaign of harassment, intimidation, discrimination, false arrests, lying and smearing against me, dirty tricks, abuses of power (including criminal) Etc by NP and its offers against me. All this too (when complained about during that period) was covered up, never investigated. All those involved were protected by other officers and PSD.

- Failures (and cover up and corruption by PSD, Northumbria Police and also Winton Keenen) to investigate (and also the 15 years of delays by them) to properly and thoroughly investigate the dirty tricks and the smear campaign against me. When Northumbria Police had conspired with other organs of the state (which continues to this very day) and smeared me to the press on the day of my shooting. At a time when I was fighting for my life. Those smears, which NP and its top cops, Special Branch and others invented, connected me and my shooting to drugs, criminal gangs. An the lie that my shooting had nothing at all to do with the IRA .. .. could not have been any more damaging. The damage caused to me, to my reputation continues to this very day as a result of the Northumbria Police (and Winton Keenen) corruption and the continuing cover up, their failures to investigate, to hold those corrupt officers who were behind it - involved to account. And by their failure to make amends.

- Special Branch, Crime Department, PSD, Crime Department , Command Team (and officers), SIO's, Information Unit Etc colluding, conspiring, covering up, lying to me (including as the victim) and or about me to others, 23 years of constant failures when dealing with me, my cases. And their failing to believe me (as a direct result of above) and to treat me with any type of respect or as a victim.

As I said, these are just some examples.... there are many others ... those are for another time / place. I want to add this (before making this FOI request) ... Winton Keenen and or others acting under his direction and control have been lying (once again and smearing me) about me to ICO, IPCC and others. Those totally false lies and smears were circumvent to obstruct my complaints and DPA (SAR) and FOI request etc. Also also to ensure - because of those lies - that I would have all services withdrawn from Information Commissioners Office (ICO), which ids what has happened.

Those latest smears and lies against me - some of which are being made in secret correspondence and telephone conversations (or meetings) include - according to Winton Keenen and Team Winton - that I am making defamatory comments about him (others). I want to deal with this latest lie, smear here and once and for all.

I have written to winton Keenen a number of times (after he included his circumvented false defamatory lie / claim against me in an email he sent to me). and he has ignored my request for details of what defamatory he is referring to . Perhaps he (team Winton) will include them in the public FOI, the reply? Let me be frank... the reason for Winton Keenen's silence is because he (and NP) is well aware that everything - as above - that I have ever said is based on good old fashion truth as well as facts. All of which I can back up with evidence.

I will repeat - and will do so in any court in the land - that Winton Keenen and others within NP have Lied, covered up, failed to investigate my attempted murder and smear cases (and have botched them deliberately). And they have protected the IRA (a terrorist group) who tried to murder me as well as the IRA terrorists involved. He, NP have also whitewashed my complaints, have failed me at every stage as the victim (for above reasons , has lied about me Etc. This is the truth, Winton Keenen, others within NP are Corrupt when it concerns me and my cases. The turning of blind-eyes, the failures to act, investigate etc. All part of the overall corruption, the 18 year to date state conspiracy in my cases.

There is a great deal, that I am not yet aware of relating to my cases, that Winton Keenen (Team Winton and NP are aware of) and that too is and has been covered up by NP, Winton Keenen and Team Winton to this very day. Add for above reasons.

I will email a copy of this FOI request to Winton Keenen directly so that he is aware of it. Winton "Cover Up" Keenen, Team Winton, NP and their corrupt Special Branch and Crime Department have been preventing me from getting both truth and justice.

Under the FOIA I would like to know;

How many Northumbria Police officers have;

1. Been investigated regarding me, my cases and or above?

2 Regards 1 above, if any officers have been investigated... what was the outcome?

Yours faithfully,

Martin McGartland

(See Martin McGartland FOI requests to Northumbria Police for more info ....