Heroin Assisted Treatment (1321A/22)
I wish to request information under the Freedom of Information Act (2000) regarding the consideration of the use of Heroin Assisted Treatment or Diamorphine Assisted Treatment. This is a scheme which Cleveland Police have previously run, and you can find more information on this here:https://gbr01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cleveland.pcc.police.uk%2Fhow-can-we-help%2Fcommunity%2Fheroin-assisted-treatment-hat%2F&data=05%7C01%7Cfoi%40westmidlands.police.uk%7Cc148833b09b84b2ea95808daaa815633%7C2b0f1af29e024cfb982fc61fd716ee98%7C0%7C0%7C638009769715435225%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&sdata=oA7OelcWNz7bFiK%2FrlUfde8ICR10G0sbP3333B2ZfVc%3D&reserved=0
My aim with this request is to find out how many other police forces in England have engaged in discussion about this treatment and to what extent.
I would therefore like to request the following:
Q1. Please can you disclose any e-mail, WhatsApp or text message correspondence between your force and Foundations Healthcare, (foundations.a81630 @nhs.net) who are based at Acklam Road, Middlesbrough, TS5 4EQ, and Daniel Ahmed of Foundations Healthcare, (Daniel.email@example.com), relating to Heroin Assisted Treatment, also known as HAT, or Diamorphine Assisted Treatment also known as DAT.
Please may I refine my request to emails only.
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 not required to release all of the information requested. Please find attached a redacted document.
REASONS FOR DECISION
The redacted information is exempt by virtue of the following exemption:
S40 – Personal Data
This exemption and explanatory notes are shown here:
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.