Request / Response
I would be greatful if you could please release the current West Midlands Police Driver and Pursuit policies and the Driver and Pursuit policies in existence at the time of the accident on 13 June 2011. Together with the Authorised Professional Practice for Police Pursuits and the Associated Tactics Directory.
DECISION UNDER THE TERMS OF THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT
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 for the document 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 Associated Tactics Directory” The information is exempt by virtue of the following exemptions
Section 31 (1) (a) (b)
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 [3475_13_PIT].
Your attention is drawn to your right to request a re-examination of your case under West Midlands Police review procedure, which can be found at:
Please note that such an appeal must be received within 40 working days of the date of this correspondence.
As recommended as good practice by the Information Commissioner’s Office a version of this response may be published on the West Midlands Police website.