Private Security (14985/18)

Request

1) Does West Midlands Police have a policy regarding private security firms deploying staff in a uniform that closely resembles that of police officers, if so is a policy publicly available, and if not is a policy being prepared, and if there are no plans for a policy why having no policy is appropriate.

2) Does West Midland Police have a policy regarding private security firms deploying staff equipped with handcuff restraints, and/or on the use of handcuff restraints on other members of the public, against their will, by private security personnel when attending a response situation, and if not is a policy being prepared, and if there are no plans for a policy why having no policy is appropriate.

3) What action would the executive officers of West Midlands Police recommend their officers take in the circumstances where a private security firm issued staff with uniform and personal protective equipment that was markedly similar to that of police officers, given this would pose a risk to vulnerable individuals requiring the help that could be obtained from an appropriately trained police officer rather than a security operative, and pose the risk of the uniform and equipment being used to impersonate a police officer for the purposes of crime.

Response

Please find attached our response.

Please note that The Freedom of Information Act applies to recorded information and therefore we are unable to supply opinions or to comment on events unless those opinions or comments are already recorded.  However, while we are not able to comment on specific scenarios, we have supplied recorded information relevant to your request.

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.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

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