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Policies and Procedures (1706A/21)

Request

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information:

  1. All policies and procedures pertaining to Police Misconduct
  2. All policies and procedures pertaining to Conflict Management
  3. All policies and procedures pertaining to Access to Service Instructions and Service Procedures
  4. All policies and procedures pertaining to Service Policies
  5. A list of all portfolios held by the force’s Chief Officers (Assistant Chief Constable, Deputy Chief Constable and Chief Constable)

If the force does not employ anyone ranked Assistant Chief Constable and above, please provide all portfolios held by the 3 highest ranked officers within the force.

  1. All policies and procedures pertaining to Uniform Standards

We clarified on 29/11/2021 and you responded on 29/11/2021  

Regarding question two, I reference the PSNI Conflict Management Manual

https://www.psni.police.uk/advice_information/our-publications/corporate-policy/conflict-management-manual/

If something similar could be replicated, that would be much appreciated.

Regarding questions 3 and 4, I reference the PSNI Corporate Policy page. Each can be seen under their own listings.

https://www.psni.police.uk/advice_information/our-publications/corporate-policy/

 

If something similar could be replicated, that would be much appreciated.

In Question 5, I would like both their personal portfolio and the portfolio listed in the job description.

If you are unable to replicate the PSNI pages above, please can you send me every equivalent policy listed on the page(s)

We clarified further on 10th Dec 2021 and you responded on 11th Dec 2021

 

Could you please provide the policies listed below / or the equivalent policy:Service Policies

Armed Policing Policy

Corporate Communications Policy

Counter-Terrorism Policy

Criminal Justice Policy

Custody Policy

Emergency Planning Policy

Environmental Management

Finance Policy

Health and Safety Policy

Human Resources Policy

Information Management Policy

Intelligence Management Policy

Investigations Policy

Organisational Security Policy

Police Search Policy

Policing the Roads Policy

Professional Standards Policy

Public Safety and Public Order Policy

Risk Management and Governance Policy

Specialist Support to Investigations

Training, Leadership and Development Policy

Vulnerability Policy

Service Instructions

Guide to Appropriate Language

Adult Safeguarding

Animals and Wildlife

Bail

CBRNe

Charging for Special Police Services

Child Protection

Confidential Information from Members of the Public

Corporate Governance Committee Structure

Covert Survelliance of Legal Consultations

Critical Incident Management and Community Impact Assessments

Data Protection

Death Investigation

DNA Elimination and Fingerprint Databases

Domestic Abuse

Driving of Police Vehicles

Fraud Response Plan

Freedom of Information

Gifts Gratuities and Hospitality

Hate Crime

Health and Safety

Honour Based Violence And Forced Marriage

Individual Performance Review

Information Security

International Enquiries

Interview Records–Non-Terrorist Crime

Leaving The Service

Locate

Maintaining Professional Boundaries

Major Incidents

Misconduct Procedures

National Enquiries

Off Duty Standards

Official Issue Notebooks Journals and Day Books

Overtime

Personal Security when completing external information

Police Officer Unsatisfactory Performance

Police Pursuits

Police Search

Property

Public Complaints and the Role of the Police Ombudsman

Records Management

Restricted Patrolling and Out of Bounds Areas

Risk Management

Serious Crime Scenes

Service Confidence

Service Vetting

Sexual Violence and Abuse

Social Media

Stop and Search

Substance Misuse

Supporting Victims & Witnesses

Threats to Life

Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Wanted Persons

Wellbeing Hubs

Whistleblowing

Youth Justice

Service Procedures

Service Procedure 8-09 – Sick Pay Provisions for Police Officers

Service Procedure 4-14 – Alcohol Misuse

PD 13/06 Policing with Children and Young People

Uniform Policy

Our understanding is you require all of the listed Policies and also:

A list of all portfolios held by the force’s Chief Officers (Assistant Chief Constable, Deputy Chief Constable and Chief Constable)

If the force does not employ anyone ranked Assistant Chief Constable and above, please provide all portfolios held by the 3 highest ranked officers within the force.

Response

The response has been answered in the following:

  • S21 FOI Act Published
  • Redacted data provided with relevant PIT
  • S12 FOI Act Cost
  • S40 exemption – Personal Data

 

Under section 21 of the Act, we are not required to provide information in response to a request if it is already reasonably accessible to you. The following information you requested is available on the following website.

 

For the following policies:

Policies and Procedures – Freedom of Information – West Midlands Police (west-midlands.police.uk)

Environmental

Uniform and Equipment

Investigation

Hate Crime

Health and Safety

Freedom of Information

Gifts Gratuities and Hospitality

Information Management (several policies published under this heading)

Intelligence (several policies published under this heading)

Data Protection

Social Media & Digital media

Information Security

Detained Property

Records Management

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1605A_ATTACHMENT_01.pdf (west-midlands.police.uk)

For the Vetting Policy

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Domestic Abuse Policy (1659A/21) – Freedom of Information – West Midlands Police (west-midlands.police.uk)

For the Domestic Abuse Policy

……………………….

Professional Standards Policies 2020 (1229A/20 & 1230A/20) – Freedom of Information – West Midlands Police (west-midlands.police.uk)

For Misconduct Procedures and Professional standards policies

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Some of our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information within the appropriate (cost) limit within the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act (see ‘Reason for Decision’ below).

I am unable to suggest any practical way in which your request may be modified in order to satisfy your query or bring it within the 18 hours stipulated by the Regulations. I am however willing to consider any refinements that you are able to make to your request, in accordance with Section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act.  If you would like to look into refining your request please contact me.

The Policies you have requested copies of below are not currently available as a single policy but are covered in other multiple polices.  To read and evaluate every policy to see if it pertains to a particular one you have listed exceeds costs for the FOI Act.

 

Service Policies

Armed Policing Policy

Counter-Terrorism Policy

Criminal Justice Policy

Custody Policy

Finance Policy

Human Resources Policy

Information Management Policy

Intelligence Management Policy

Death Investigation

Animals and Wildlife

Bail

Organisational Security Policy

Police Search Policy

Policing the Roads Policy

Professional Standards Policy

Public Safety and Public Order Policy

Risk Management and Governance Policy

Specialist Support to Investigations

Training, Leadership and Development Policy

Vulnerability Policy

Service Instructions

Guide to Appropriate Language

Adult Safeguarding

CBRNe

Charging for Special Police Services

Child Protection

Confidential Information from Members of the Public

Corporate Governance Committee Structure

Covert Survelliance of Legal Consultations

DNA Elimination and Fingerprint Databases

Driving of Police Vehicles

Fraud Response Plan

Individual Performance Review

International Enquiries

Interview Records–Non-Terrorist Crime

Leaving The Service

Locate

Maintaining Professional Boundaries

Major Incidents

National Enquiries

Off Duty Standards

Official Issue Notebooks Journals and Day Books

Overtime

Personal Security when completing external information

Police Officer Unsatisfactory Performance

Police Pursuits

Police Search

Public Complaints and the Role of the Police Ombudsman

Restricted Patrolling and Out of Bounds Areas

Risk Management

Serious Crime Scenes

Service Confidence

Substance Misuse

Supporting Victims & Witnesses

Threats to Life

Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Wanted Persons

Wellbeing Hubs

Youth Justice

Service Procedures

Service Procedure 8-09 – Sick Pay Provisions for Police Officers

Service Procedure 4-14 – Alcohol Misuse

PD 13/06 Policing with Children and Young People

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For the policies listed below, we can confirm that some relevant information is held by West Midlands Police. However, while the information requested is attached to this email some of the data is withheld, I am not required to release all of the information requested. Please find attached redacted policies for:

 

Stop and Search

Emergency Planning Policy

Critical Incidents

Honour Based abuse and forced Marriage

Rape and serious sexual offences

Whistleblowing – redacted not yet agreed

Also:

Job Description and National Role of Chief Constable

Job Description and National Role of Assistant Chief Constable

Job Description and National Role of Deputy Chief Constable

 

A list of all portfolios held by the force’s Chief Officers (Assistant Chief Constable, Deputy Chief Constable and Chief Constable)

The portfolio of a Chief Constable, Assistant Chief Constable and Deputy Chief Constable can be located on the following link:

Working together | College of Policing

 

National Portfolio for the DCC:

Diversity and inclusivity.

LGBT+ issues

Chair of the International Coordination Committee.

National Portfolio for the ACC

Crime portfolio

Commonwealth Games

Operations

The withheld information is exempt by virtue of the following exemptions

 

Section 31 Law Enforcement

Section 40 (2) personal data

In line with the above, I am required to complete a Prejudice Test/Public Interest Test (PIT) on disclosure. Please find this PIT attached (1706A_21 PIT).

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

Any further details regarding these incidents are exempt by the following:

Section 31 Law Enforcement

Section 40 (2) – Personal information

These exemptions and explanatory notes are shown here:

Attachments

1706A PIT

RASSO V1.0

ACC Job description

Chiefs role profile -job desc – redacted

Critical Incident Policy v1.8

DCC Job Description

Emergency Planning Policy 2.5

Honour Based Abuse and Force Marriage v1.2

Stop and Search v1.5

Whistleblowing Policy v1.2 redacted agreed