Drones (3300/18)

Request

  1. How many incidents have been reported involving the use drones for each of the following years:- a. April 2015 to March 2016 b. April 2016 to March 2017 c. April 2017 to March 2018

 

  1. How many reported incidents involving the use of drones have led to a prosecution for each of the following years:- a. April 2015 to March 2016 b. April 2016 to March 2017 c. April 2017 to March 2018

 

  1. How many drones does your police force own or operate?

 

  1. For what purposes does your police force use drones?

 

  1. What are the titles and last revision date of your documented policies and/or operating procedures in the use of drones for Police investigations?

 

  1. What are your Police force’s plans for the use of drones in surveillance work?

Response

Please see our response attached.

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 question 6 and for any other information relating to the covert use of drones. We neither confirm nor deny that any relevant data are held by virtue of the following exemptions:

Section 23(5) Information supplied by or concerning certain Security Bodies

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

Section 23 is a class based absolute exemption and there is no requirement to consider the public interest in this case.

In line with the above, I am required to complete a Prejudice Test/Public Interest Test (PIT) on disclosure for the other exemptions. Please find this PIT attached.

Attachments

3300_PIT_01

3300_ATTACHMENT_01 3300_ATTACHMENT_02

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