Chief Officer Vehicles (1488/16)

Request

1.) The make, model and specification (full specification from the purchase) of each vehicle allocated to each member of police staff and police officer making up the Chief Officer Group.
2.) The cost of purchase for each vehicle and the date of purchase
3.) Confirm or negate whether each vehicle is equipped with emergency lighting and audible equipment (sirens and klaxons – whether overt or covert)
4.) The current police driving qualification (standard / response / advanced) of each member of police staff and officer that makes up Chief Officer Group together with the date that the said member passed their driving qualification or indeed the last date they were reassessed against the requirements of the driving qualification
5.) The most common marked police vehicle currently in use by your force
6.) The cost (average cost if necessary) for the purchase of the most commonly purchased vehicle as per question 5.

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. This letter serves as a Refusal Notice under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) for the requested information that has not been released.

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 for the information that has not been released. The information is exempt by virtue of the following exemptions:

Section 40 (2) Personal Information

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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