Chief Constable (2855_15 )

Request

FOI Q1.Mr Sims has apparently announced, in a public press release dated 18th June 2015, he is to `step down`early next year and, obviously, he would have had to confirm his intentions in writing to various key agents such as the Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson and the Home Office.

Under FOI please disclose all the key agents who legally must be informed regarding the `stepping down`of Mr Sims, and confirm the dates of the written communications from Mr Sims advising each of the key agents.

Under FOI please disclose a copy of the actual written communication to PCC David Jamieson which confirms Mr Sims wish to `step down`and which should define a more accurate date of anticipated departure.

FOI Q2.The previous Chief Constable, Sir Paul Scott-Lee, left on a pension of £77,000 per year, please disclose if Mr Sims has a similar predicted pension entitlement and the quantum, and if his pension will be an ongoing drain on West Midlands taxpayers or is totally funded via a private scheme.

FOI Q3.In early 2015 there were interviews conducted to fill a vacancy for a replacement Assistant Chief Constable, and the position was given to Michele Larmour in June 2015, who was apparently the best candidate despite having no experience of working in a multiethnic urban environment, having spent her entire career in Northern Ireland.

Under FOI please disclose the names and geographical locations of all the candidates who were interviewed for the position of ACC so that the competiveness and transparency for the appointment can be appreciated. Please also confirm the names of he individuals who sat on the interview panel.

FOI Q4.In the recent police recruitment campaign there were apparently many Asian candidates but only one black candidate appointed. Subsequent to the recent recruitment campaign please disclose the numbers of recruits accepted in terms of gender and ethnic description, and please confirm the age of the one black recruit accepted.

FOI Q5.Many police forces leave press releases on display for many months but West Midlands Police remove them after a few days, resulting in dead links. Please advise what is the current policy for removing articles from the police website and the date when the existing policy was commenced.

Response

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 by statute to release all of the information requested. Please note this letter serves as a Refusal Notice under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act)

REASONS FOR DECISION

The Freedom of Information Act places two responsibilities on public authorities, the first of which is to confirm what information it holds and secondly to then disclose that information, unless exemptions apply.

In this case, this letter represents a Refusal Notice the information is exempt by virtue of the following exemptions

Section 40(2) Personal information

I have indicated where this exemption applies within (2855_attachment)

These exemptions and explanatory notes are shown here:

http://www.west-midlands.police.uk/docs/advice-centre/foi/exemptions.pdf

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 and therefore would breach the first of the principles within the Data Protection Act 1998. 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.

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