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Officer Convictions (266A/20)

Request

(For questions 1 to 4 below) For each of the calendar years 2017, 2018 and 2019 and the period 1st January 2020 to 2nd June 2020, could you please tell me the following:

1) How many police officers or PCSOs employed by your force were convicted of a criminal offence (i.e. they were employed by your force at the time of the offence)?

2) For each police officer or PCSO convicted of a criminal offence, could you tell their name, rank and offence they were convicted of? If you’re unable to tell me their name, please provide their rank and the offence they were convicted of only.

3) For each police officer or PCSO convicted of a criminal offence, could you tell me the court penalty they were given (e.g. imprisonment, suspended imprisonment, fine, etc)?

4) For each police officer or PCSO convicted of a criminal offence, could you tell me the formal action taken by your force against the officer (e.g. dismissed without notice, written warning, no action, etc) or whether they resigned or retired?

Additional questions

5) In total, how many police officers or PCSOs currently employed by your force have a criminal conviction? If you’re unable to provide this information, please tell me the number of serving police officers convicted of a criminal offence while employed by your force who remain employed by your force.

6) For each serving police officer or PCSO with a criminal conviction listed in your answer to question 5, could you tell me their rank and the offence they were convicted of?

Response

Please be advised that the information that you have requested is not all held in a retrievable format on WMP systems; in order to identify the information for questions 5 and 6 we would have to check every officer and PCSO within the force against the PNC.

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 relevant information for questions 1 – 4 as this was retrieved during our initial research.

However, whilst the majority of this information is attached (266A_Attachment), I am withholding the names of the officers by virtue of the following exemption:

Section 40(2) – Personal information

Section 40(2) allows for personal data to be withheld where release would breach the third party’s data protection rights.

This exemption and explanatory notes are shown here:

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

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

Attachments

266A_Attachment