Police Officer Traffic Offences (8471_18)
For Question 1 – We may provide the total of conduct / complaint cases which contain details of on duty speeding matters with the outcome. Miscellaneous cases which contain speeding issues with the outcome that our Professional Standards department have been made aware of.
For Question 2 – We may provide the total of officers charged with motoring type offences that our Professional Standards department have been made aware of
For Question 3 – What guidance exists for officers who stop or reprimand colleagues for motoring offences, both in work and out of work, to prevent unduly lenient treatment?
For question 4 – What is the policy for police officers (not on blue lights) who are caught by speed cameras and ATS cameras?
A response in relation to question 5 what is the procedure for complaints to be raised concerning any unduly lenient treatment of police officers and staff, specifically with regard to motoring offences?
A response in relation to question 6) what is your force’s procedure for allowing the public to report officers for motoring offences, and what are the procedures for bringing charges or issuing FPNs in such circumstances?
A response in relation to question 7) Do you use police vehicle in-cab footage, dash cams or telematics to monitor officers’ driving, and to identify offending by officers?
For question 8 ) We may conduct a word search of our Professional Standards department database using the keyword “lenient ” and provide the total of complaints found .
For question 9 and 10 – We may provide a total of how many accidents (minor, and separately KSI), have occurred with police officers driving in the course of their duties – excepting tactical stops and other deliberate operational manoeuvres?
We can confirm that relevant information is held by West Midlands Police. However, while the majority of the information is attached to this email I am afraid that I am not required to release all of the information requested. Please find attached a redacted document in relation to the Policy for Question 3.
For the remainder of your request, please note that these data should be interpreted with caution.
Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.
The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.
REASONS FOR DECISION
The redacted information for question 3 is exempt by virtue of the following exemptions
Section 31 (1) (a) (b) (Law enforcement)
These exemptions and explanatory notes are shown here:
In line with the above, I am required to complete a Prejudice Test/Public Interest Test (PIT) on disclosure. Please find this PIT attached.