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Misconduct (615/20)

Request

At the link pasted below, you will see that South Yorkshire Police have published full details of disciplinaries against police officers, including i) date, ii) allegation type, iii) allegation details, vi) outcome and v) source.

https://www.southyorkshire.police.uk/media/5116/misconduct-outcome-2019-external-updated-61219-mfb.pdf

Please can you provide me with exactly the same information, laid out as similarly as possible, for your police force for the whole of 2019.

Response

Please be advised that the information that you have requested is not available in a readily retrievable or centrally recorded format. Consequently, in order to locate and retrieve the level of detail requested in full, we would need to cross reference our database with various sources of data that is collected manually for each individual misconduct case. To conduct this search, however, would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12)

Unfortunately, this means that the cost of providing you with the information is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information exceeds the ‘appropriate level’ as stated in the Freedom of Information (Fees and Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a Refusal Notice for this part of the request and if one part of a request exceeds the fees limit then S12 of the Act applies to the whole request.

Further information on section 12 of FOI is available here:

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

However, in accordance with Section 16 of the Act I have a duty to provide advice and assistance in relation to your request and can provide the number of misconduct cases where the hearing/interview took place in 2019, broken down by i) month of misconduct/interview, ii) allegation type and vi) outcome, as this was retrieved during our initial research. Please see attached document.

This should not be taken as a precedent that additional information would be supplied outside of the time/fees legislation for any subsequent requests.

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