West Midlands Police Operational Firearms Unit (OFU)/Firearms Operational Unit (FOU) Armed Response Vehicles Police Vehicles Fleet in 2015-2020

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Dear West Midlands Police,
What type of vehicles that were used as a Armed Response Vehicles or what Armed Response Vehicles were uesd for West Midlands Police Operational Firearms Unit (OFU)/Firearms Operational Unit (FOU)

Details
Model Year

Manufacturer/Make of The Police Vehicle

Model of The Police Vehicle

The Year the Police Vehicle was commissioned
Years:2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Marked or Unmarked Vehicle

Unmarked Vehicle Color (If you can't give me the information or don't have the information, that's OK, just the commissioned year, discommissioned year, model year, make and model)

If the Police Vehicle has a video camera or not (If you don't know abouth this information, that's OK)

Police Vehicle Body Structure
Type of Vehicle (Cars) (Coupe, Estate/Caravan/Wagon, Hatchback Liftback, Saloon/Sedan etc...)
Vans (Combi, Minibus, Panel Van) Wheelbase (Long, Medium, Short) Roof Size (High, Low, Medium or Jumbo)

Number of Doors on the Police Vehicle
Example: 2-Door, 3-Door, 4-Door, 5-Door, etc...

Number of that Specific Police Vehicle
Random Example: We had 12 2016 Audi A6 Avant for the West Midlands Police Operational Firearms Unit (OFU)/Firearms Operational Unit (FOU)

Part 2
Operational Firearms Unit (OFU)/Firearms Operational Unit (FOU)
What year or date did the Operational Firearms Unit (OFU)/Firearms Operational Unit (FOU) was formed?
What year or date did the Operational Firearms Unit was formed?
What year or date did the Operational Firearms Unit (West Midlands Police in General) had Armed Response Vehicles (ARV)?
What year or date did the Operational Firearms Unit used Audi as their Armed Response Vehicles?

Yours faithfully,

Agnes Elong

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Dear West Midlands Police,
Sorry, I also forgot this detail
Type of BMW X5: For Example-sDrive25d, xDrive30d and xDrive40d, X5 M etc.

Yours faithfully,

Agnes Elong

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Dear Ms Elong

 

FOI Request Reference: 151A/21

 

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Freedom of Information,

Dear Ms Elong

 

FOI Request References: 19A/21 and 151A

Thank you for your requests for information, received on 4^th and 27^th
January 2021. These have been aggregated with your similar recent request,
reference 1250A/20, for the purposes of cost in line with section 12(4) of
FOIA 

 

REQUEST 19A/21

* When did West Midlands Police Operational Firearms Unit / Operations
Firearms Unit use Audi A6 as Armed Response Vehicles?  

 

REPLY: Section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) places two
duties on public authorities.  Unless exemptions apply, the first duty at
s1(1)(a) is to confirm or deny whether the information specified in a
request is held.  The second duty at s1(1)(b) is to disclose information
that has been confirmed as being held.  Where exemptions are relied upon
section 17 of FOIA requires that we provide the applicant with a notice
which: a) states that fact b) specifies the exemption(s) in question and
c) states (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption
applies.

 

West Midlands Police can neither confirm nor deny that it holds the
information relevant to your request as the duty in s1(1)(a) of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not apply, by virtue of the following
exemptions:

 

Section 24(2) - National Security

Section 31(3) - Law Enforcement

 

Sections 24, and 31 are prejudice based qualified exemptions and there is
a requirement to articulate the harm that would be caused in confirming or
denying that any information is held as well as carrying out a public
interest test.  

 

Overall Harm

Any disclosure under FOIA is a disclosure to the world at large,
confirming or denying the use of specific unmarked vehicle types for
specialist use, and which (should they exist) the police service may or
may not deploy in specific circumstances would prejudice law enforcement.
If the requested information was held by the force, confirmation of this
fact would reveal what vehicle type may be being used covertly. This would
be damaging as it would limit operational capabilities as
criminals/terrorists would gain a greater understanding of the police's
capabilities and techniques, enabling them to take steps to counter them.

Conversely, if information was not held by the forces, and a denial was
issued, this would reveal to those same individuals that their activities
are unlikely to be overcome or disrupted by the Police by the use of a
specific vehicle type. It may also suggest (whether correctly or not) the
limitations of police capabilities in this area, which may further
encourage criminal/terrorist activity by exposing a potential
vulnerability.

Any information identifying covert policing activity could be used to the
advantage of terrorists or criminal organisations.  Information that
undermines the operational integrity of these activities will adversely
affect public safety and have a negative impact on both national security
and law enforcement.

 

Public Interest Test

 

Factors favouring confirmation or denial for S24

Armed Policing is a highly specialised area of firearms deployment and
weapons training. It is an emotive subject under constant scrutiny and, by
default, is always in the public eye. There is a long history of excellent
practice nationally and Armed Policing is regarded as being at the
forefront of firearms issues.

Confirming or denying the use of specific vehicles types as ARVs would
enable the public to know whether the force has the appropriate
capabilities to deal appropriately with firearm and terrorist threats,
when appropriate to do so.

 

Factors favouring neither confirming or denying for S24

By confirming or denying the use of specific vehicle types as ARVs could
render security measures less effective. This could lead to the compromise
of ongoing or future operations to protect the security or infra-structure
of the UK and increase the risk of harm to the public

 

Factors favouring confirmation or denial for S31

Confirming or denying if relevant information was held would enable the
public to have a better understanding of the efficiency and effectiveness
of the police service and how they use unmarked/covert vehicles as part of
their enforcement activities.

 

Factors favouring neither confirming or denying of S31

Confirming or denying specific information relating to the use of
unmarked/covert vehicles and any other law enforcement techniques would
provide useful intelligence and a valuable asset to individuals and/or
organisations wishing to commit crime.  Vulnerabilities and capabilities
may be highlighted.  Provision of vehicle type would enable offenders to
avoid these vehicles and move their operations therefore law enforcement
tactics would be compromised which would hinder the prevention and
detection of crime. More crime would be committed and individuals would be
placed at risk.

 

Balance Test

There is some information already in the public domain about the vehicle
types used as marked ARVs and the effective delivery of law enforcement. 
The Police Service is tasked with protecting the community we serve and in
solving crime and there is a public interest argument in ensuring we are
open and transparent with regard to policing investigations and
operations. However, there is no doubt that for the issues outlined above
any confirmation or denial relating to specific capability in relation to
the useage of unmarked/covert ARVs would jeopardise investigations and/or
law enforcement, and therefore the balance to confirm nor deny is not made
out. 

This should not be taken as indicating that any information that would
meet this part of your request does or does not exist.

 

* Also can you provide the information about The Operations Firearms Unit
or Operational Firearms Unit Armed Response Vehicles (ARV) from 2015-2020.
Details included

Make/Manufacturer

Model

Year Model

Marked or Unmarked

Type of Vehicle (Coupe, Estate/Wagon, Hatchback, Lift back, Saloon/Sedan
etc.)

 

REPLY: Your request for information has now been considered and I am not
obliged to supply the information you have requested.

 

Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 requires West Midlands
Police, when refusing to provide such information (because the information
is exempt) to provide you the applicant with a notice which:   (a) states
that fact, (b) specifies the exemption in question and (c) states (if that
would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption applies.

 

The exemption applicable to published information is:

 

Section 21. Information Reasonably Accessible by Other Means

 

This is an Absolute, class based exemption.

Information that is suitable for release about the force`s fleet is
already available by logging onto the West Midlands Police website
[1]https://foi.west-midlands.police.uk/othe... and viewing the
Fleet List

 

With regards to information that is not yet available to view on WMP
website. The exemption applicable to this information is:

 

Section 22   Information intended for future publication.

 

Section 22 of the Freedom of Information Act is a qualified and
class-based exemption.  As such, I am obliged to apply the public interest
test.

 

Public Interest Test:

Factors favouring disclosure:

There are no factors favouring disclosure. The Fleet List is routinely
published, and there is already work being undertaken for publishing an up
to date list.

 

Factors favouring non-disclosure:

It would not be in the public interest for Freedom of Information to be
used to obtain information which is already available, or will be made
available, under existing procedures. 

 

Balancing Test:

The public interest test is centred on whether this information should be
released to the world so that any person can view this information, not
just you as a requestor.

Information that is suitable for disclosure is published as a matter of
course once it has been properly prepared and verified. Researching,
retrieving and releasing this information prior to the completion of this
process would not benefit the core purpose of policing i.e. preventing or
detecting crime and preservation of life.

 

In accordance with the Act, this letter represents a Refusal Notice for
this part of the request.

 

The exemption applicable to the remainder of the information is:

 

Section 31 (1)(a)(b) Law Enforcement

 

Section 31 - Harm

Where a disclosure is made that will provide the full capacity of
sensitive areas of policing, there is potential for future disruption that
will be prejudicial to law enforcement and thus potential for individuals
to map the capacity and capabilities of the force in specialised areas of
policing, and it is for this reason that section 31 is engaged.

 

Public Interest Test

Considerations favouring disclosure

Disclosure of the information requested will identify the capabilities of
the force and provide the public with reassurance that the force, has the
ability and, is appropriately dealing with all areas of policing.

Information that relates directly to the operational effectiveness and
efficiencies of the force is a positive factor favouring disclosure. The
public have a right to know that they are being protected in an
appropriate and diligent manner.

 

Considerations favouring non-disclosure

Disclosure of information that can affect the current and future law
enforcement capabilities of the force will always favour non-disclosure.
On this occasion, providing all the specification and details of the
Operational Firearms Unit Armed Response Vehicles (ARV) would allow for
the determination as to the strength and capability of the specific and
specialised role that ARVs carry out, which would provide criminals with
advanced knowledge of force ability.

The use of ARVs to combat crime and disruption is an essential tactic used
by Police forces across the country and it is vital that the integrity of
this tactic is retained.

 

Balancing test

Public knowledge of how their funds are being spent and assurance that the
Police service are doing all they can to ensure public safety is
maintained, is always a positive factor in disclosure.

However, disclosure of this nature is more likely to have the opposite
effect, Disclosure of the information would provide details of operational
capabilities in a specific policing area. The Police service has a duty to
ensure public safety is never compromised and disclosures under FOI should
always ensure this is maintained.

It is the force`s decision that the case for disclosure of all the details
and specifications of the force`s ARVs is not made out and the application
of the exemption is maintained for this part of the request.

 

* In relation to the Operational Firearms Unit or Operations Firearms Unit
Armed Response Vehicles in what year was the Armed Response Vehicle was
commissioned.

 

REPLY: 1990 - The information is in relation to unmarked vehicles but it
does not include any covert vehicles, as this type of information is
exempt from disclosure by virtue of Section 31 - Law Enforcement.

 

 

REQUEST 151A/21

* What type of vehicles that were used as Armed Response Vehicles or what
Armed Response Vehicles were used for West Midlands Police Operational
Firearms Unit (OFU)/Firearms Operational Unit (FOU)

Details

Model Year

Manufacturer/Make of The Police Vehicle

Model of The Police Vehicle

The Year the Police Vehicle was commissioned Years:2015, 2016, 2017, 2018,
2019, 2020

 

Marked or Unmarked Vehicle

 

Unmarked Vehicle Color (If you can't give me the information or don't have
the information, that's OK, just the commissioned year, discommissioned
year, model year, make and model)

 

If the Police Vehicle has a video camera or not (If you don't know abouth
this information, that's OK)

 

Police Vehicle Body Structure

Type of Vehicle (Cars) (Coupe, Estate/Caravan/Wagon, Hatchback Liftback,
Saloon/Sedan etc...) Vans (Combi, Minibus, Panel Van) Wheelbase (Long,
Medium, Short) Roof Size (High, Low, Medium or Jumbo)

 

Number of Doors on the Police Vehicle

Example: 2-Door, 3-Door, 4-Door, 5-Door, etc...

 

Number of that Specific Police Vehicle

 

REPLY: Please see the response provided above for the same question.

This information is exempt from disclosure by virtue of Sections 21, 22,
and 31

 

* What year or date did the Operational Firearms Unit (OFU)/Firearms
Operational Unit (FOU) was formed?

What year or date did the Operational Firearms Unit was formed?

 

REPLY: The unit was formed in 1987.

 

* What year or date did the Operational Firearms Unit (West Midlands
Police in General) had Armed Response Vehicles (ARV)?

 

REPLY: 1990 - The information is in relation to unmarked vehicles but it
does not include any covert vehicles, as this type of information is
exempt from disclosure by virtue of Section 31 - Law Enforcement.

 

* What year or date did the Operational Firearms Unit used Audi as their
Armed Response Vehicles?

Type of BMW X5: For Example-sDrive25d, xDrive30d and xDrive40d, X5 M etc

 

REPLY: Please see the response provided above for the same question.

WMP can neither confirm or deny that this information is held by virtue of
Sections 24 and 31

 

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case under West Midlands Police review procedure, which can be found at:

 

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the date of this correspondence. Any such request received after this time
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Yours sincerely,

 

Mrs R Williams

 

59614 Rebecca Williams l FOI Manager

Lloyd House l West Midlands Police

Preventing crime, protecting the public and helping those in need.

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Dear Freedom of Information,
West Midlands Police, thank you for responding to my request. I understand why you couldn't give me the information I ask for. I just have one favor to ask. When are you going to post the 2020 West Midlands Police Fleet Vehicles on your website? When you do post it, can you please put Year model for every Police Vehicles on the Fleet List for me?

Yours sincerely,

Agnes Elong

Freedom of Information,

Dear Ms Elong

Please be advised that the Fleet List is routinely published, and there is already work being undertaken for publishing the 2020 list. It will be published in a standard format. We do not have a specific date for publication that we can give to you, but it is anticipated that it will be published by the end of this year 2021.

I hope that this is of assistance
Yours Sincerely

Mrs R Williams

59614 Rebecca Williams l FOI Manager
Lloyd House l West Midlands Police
Preventing crime, protecting the public and helping those in need.
If it’s not 999, search WMP Online

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Dear Freedom of Information,
West Midlands Police, OK, but can you at least give me the F fleet for 2019? This time putting the Year Model for every Police Vehicle. Also, can put the Police Vehicle Uear Model for 2020 Fleet List when it comes out?

Yours sincerely,

Agnes Elong

Dear Freedom of Information,
West Midlands Police, sorry I meant Fleet. That was misspell not cursing or a bad word.

Yours sincerely,

Agnes Elong

Freedom of Information,

Dear Ms Elong

The information for 2019 is available on the force website:

https://foi.west-midlands.police.uk/othe... Fleet List
The vehicle registration denotes the year that a vehicle was registered.

Yours sincerely
Mrs R Williams

59614 Rebecca Williams l FOI Manager
Lloyd House l West Midlands Police
Preventing crime, protecting the public and helping those in need.
If it’s not 999, search WMP Online

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Dear Freedom of Information,
West Midlands Police, OK thanks for the information.

Yours sincerely,

Agnes Elong