Dear West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner,
From documents publicly available, it is established that on five different dates in February and August 2014 three whistleblowers came forward and made serious allegations against the then chief constable of West Yorkshire Police.
The IPCC determined, following referral, that a local investigation was appropriate. The PCC asked Lancashire Police to investigate. They were already siezed of another matter concerning the same officer. This investigation had the operational codename "Barium".
Accordingly, I request disclosure of the following:
1. The operational codename of the "whistleblower investigation" (if different to Operation Barium).
2. The Terms of Reference agreed with Lancashire Police.
3. The name of the investigating officer appointed by Lancashire Police (if different to ACC Tim Jacques who was head of the Barium investigation).
4. The investigation outcome (report).
5. The decision letter that accompanied that outcome (report).
6. Correspondence betwen the IPCC and the PCC's office concerning the whistleblower allegations. It appears as though the IPCC's Rachel Millington was dealing with these.
7. Correspondence (including any meeting, briefing notes; reports; emails and the like) between the PCC and/or his Deputy and/or the PCC's chief executive and any West Yorkshire Police officer, at the rank of superintendent or above, concerning the whistleblower allegations.
You are politely, and most respectfully, reminded of the obligations now placed on public authorities in dealing with information requests from journalists, or other "social watchdogs" as the Grand Chamber terms them:
As a result of the judgment in Magyar Helsinki Bizottság v Hungary, Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (18030/11) public authorities can no longer rely an absolute exemptions under the Act to inhibit disclosure, without applying what in effect amounts to a public interest test:
The requested information is not subject to any legal challenge by Mr Gilmore, by way of his judicial review application CO/1900/2017.
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Dear Mr Wilby,
I write in connection with your request for information which was received by the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner on 16th August 2017.
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Dear Mr Wilby
Please find attached a response to your request for information.
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