Drones Used at Protests (1006A/20)
1) That you list the date of West Midlands Police’s use of UAVs/drones in relation to protests or political demonstration type events during 2020, along with the name/type of event covered?
2) That you tell me if West Midlands Police has any policy documents relating to the use of UAVS/drones at public/protest events. Please can I have a copy of the document?
3) Does West Midlands Police have any procedure in place for members of the public to access data/images captured by its UAVs/drones? If so, can you tell me what that procedure is?
Please find our response below with regard to the OVERT use of Drones / Unmanned Aerial Surveillance (UAS).
07/06/20 – Public Protest Coventry
10/06/20 – Public Protest – Edgbaston, Birmingham
28/06/20 – Large Public Gathering – Birmingham
04/07/20 – Public Protest – Birmingham
WMP does not have a policy relating to the use of UAVS/drones at public/protest events.
However, in case it assists, please see link below to national guidance on the generic use of drones.
WMP does not give public access to data/images captured.
In addition, with regard to any information relating to the COVERT use of Drones / Unmanned Aerial Surveillance (UAS), West Midlands Police neither confirms nor denies that it holds any other information relevant to this request by virtue of the following exemptions:
Section 23(5) – Information supplied by, or relating to, bodies dealing with security matters
Section 24(2) – National security
Section 31(3) – Law enforcement
Section 23 is an absolute class-based exemption and there is no requirement to conduct a harm or public interest test.
Sections 24 and 31 are prejudice based, qualified exemptions and there is a requirement to articulate the harm that would be caused in confirming or denying that any other information is held as well as carrying out a public interest test. Please find this PIT attached (1006A_PIT).
These exemptions and explanatory notes are shown here:
No inference can be taken from this refusal that any further information relevant to your request does or does not exist.