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Birmingham East IAG’s (4352/20)

Request

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

CLARIFICATION

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

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 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:

https://www.app.college.police.uk/app-content/information-management/freedom-of-information/#freedom-of-information-exemptions

 

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.

IAG MINUTES DECEMBER 2019

IAG MINUTES OCTOBER 2019 4352_ATTACHMENT_01 4352_PIT_01 Appointment Procedure IAG MINUTES APRIL 2019 IAG MINUTES AUGUST 2019 IAG MINUTES FEBRUARY 2019 IAG MINUTES JUNE 2019