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Coronavirus – Remote Working (45A/20)

Request

I would like to know what policies are in place within your organisation to enable remote working during the Covid-19 lockdown since the start of the calendar year please.

1. Breakdown of the number of new devices purchased by your organisation:

a) Laptops

b) Tablet computers

c) Mobile Phones

2. Detail on remote working software/licences purchased

a) Number of Zoom accounts created

b) Number of new office 365 account purchased

Response

Q1a, b & c and 2a – Please find attached (45A_20_attachment.pdf).

Q2b – West Midlands Police can neither confirm nor deny that information is held relevant to your request as the duty in Section 1(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not apply by virtue of the following exemptions:

Section 24(2) National security

Section 31(3) Law enforcement

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

Sections 24 and 31 are prejudice based qualified exemptions and I am required to complete a Prejudice Test/Public Interest Test (PIT) on disclosure. Please find this PIT attached (45A_20_PIT.pdf).

No inference can be taken from this refusal that the information you have requested does or does not exist.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

45A_20_attachment

45A_20_PIT