I’m intrigued by the activities of the ‘Independent Advisory Group” for my area, which according to its terms of reference seems to operate some
significant degree of influence on police policies, practices and
procedures, but operates in great secrecy.
Can you please provide:
a) Current membership of the BE IAG and any specific role a member may have (e.g. “Transgender community rep” or whatever)
b) Membership appointment procedure.
c) Minutes of meeting for last 2 years.
d) Any plan of work or similar schedule for forthcoming meetings
I didn’t realise there were multiple independent advisory groups for Birmingham East Can I have the requested details for whichever groups covers Birmingham 13 district.
Alternatively – If not allocated geographically – can I have the details for all of those groups within Birmingham East operational area
We can confirm that some relevant information is held by West Midlands Police. However, while the majority of the information is attached to this email I am afraid that I am not required to release all of the information requested. Please find attached [redacted documents].
REASONS FOR DECISION
The redacted information is exempt by virtue of the following exemptions:
Section 40(2) (Personal Data)
Section 31 (1) (a) (b) (Law enforcement)
Section 30 (1) (a) (b) Investigations and Proceedings conducted by a Public Authority
These exemptions and explanatory notes are shown here:
In line with the above, I am required to complete a Prejudice Test/Public Interest Test (PIT) on disclosure. Please find this PIT attached [4352_PIT_01].
Section 40(2) is an absolute and class based exemption if to release the information exists would breach the third party’s data protection rights. In this case to release this personal information would not constitute fair processing of the data. As this exemption is class based I am not required to identify the harm in disclosure and in this instance I believe that the right to privacy outweighs any public interest in release.