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FOI2019/07841

Information Rights

Bedfordshire Police Headquarters,

Woburn Road, Kempston,

Bedford, MK43 9AX

Telephone: 01234 842547

Email: foi@cambs.pnn.police.uk

14th January 2020

 

Our Ref: FOI2019/07841

REQUEST UNDER THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 Ref No: FOI2019/07841

I write in connection with your request for information received on 16th December. I note you seek access to the following information:

I would like to request a fleet list with the following information on the current fleet for this force.

Vehicle Fleet of Marked Resources:

  • Vehicle Model & Make
  • Vehicle Year (e.g. 2016, 2017)
  • Registration Number / Registration Plate
  • Role of the Vehicle (e.g. Area Car, Prisoner Transport)
  • Division the Vehicle is part of (e.g. Local Policing, Roads Policing)
  • Station Vehicle is Based at
  • Roof Code/Aerial Code (e.g. 01 TXG)

Vehicle Fleet of Unmarked Resources:

  • Vehicle Model & Make
  • Vehicle Year (e.g. 2016, 2017)
  • Division the Vehicle is part of (e.g. Local Policing, Roads Policing)

I am required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (The Act) to handle all requests in a manner that is blind to the identity of the requestor. Any information released in response to a request is regarded as being published and therefore, in the public domain without caveat.

Following enquiries within the Constabulary please see our response below.

Response –

Cambridgeshire Constabularies ‘Fleet Management’ is part of a collaborated unit and therefore this response is for Cambridgeshire’s part of a three force unit. Following enquiries conducted by the BCH Fleet Management Team please see our response on the attached document marked as Annex A – FOI2019 07841.

Cambridgeshire Constabulary can confirm that it holds further information in relation to your request however, I am not obliged to supply the information you have requested. Such information is exempt under the following exemption: -

Section 31

Section 31(1)(a)(b) Law Enforcement

Section 31 is a prejudice based qualified exemption which requires the prejudice (harm) to be evidenced and a public interest test to be carried out. This means it can only be used if the public interest test favours non-disclosure.

Application of the prejudice test (HARM)

Disclosing the identity of all unmarked vehicles would harm the force’s operational ability by allowing those intent on committing crime to identify police presence and assist them in avoiding detection. The same can be said for releasing locations of vehicles as to do so could potentially identify force capability in each area.

If all of Cambridgeshire Constabularies unmarked vehicles are publically available it would prejudice the force’s ability to conduct any covert operations because they could be easily identified allowing crime to be committed, putting communities at risk of crime and therefore, increasing the fear of crime within Cambridgeshire.

Public Interest Test

Factors in favour of disclosure

The public has a legitimate interest in information about police resources that their money has paid for.

Factors in favour of non-disclosure

The disclosure of the details of all Cambridgeshire Constabularies unmarked vehicles would be likely to increase the risk of the information being used for criminal activity. This is the same basis for finding that the exemption is engaged.

Law enforcement tactics of the force would be compromised if it was possible to identify any police vehicle involved in covert operations as well as capability of each area within the force should location of vehicles be released.

There would be an impact on police resources and as such the ability to prevent and detect crime if disclosure of the information allowed an increase in crime to take place.

Balance Test

After consideration of the factors of the public interest test they are clearly weighed in favour of non-disclosure. Looking at the most important factors of the test it was clear the public interest in the force’s ability to prevent crime and have effective law enforcement tactics in place, significantly outweighs the public interest in the use of police resources, especially as all information regarding marked vehicles has been disclosed.

Information that would allow identification of covert operations carried out by the force would contribute to the sum of criminal knowledge to a greater extent than that already existing from currently available sources. As a result the of risk of crime would be greater if the information was disclosed than if not and for these reasons the balancing test for disclosure is not made out.

The numerical data presented in this response is an un-audited snapshot of un-published data sourced from "live" systems and is subject to the interpretation of the original request by the individual extracting the data.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter please do not hesitate to contact me quoting the above reference number.

Yours sincerely

Information Rights

Cambridgeshire Constabulary provides you the right to request an independent review of this response under its review procedure. If you require such a review you must notify us within two months from the date of this letter. After lodging a complaint with Cambridgeshire Constabulary if you are still dissatisfied with the decision you may make an application to the Information Commissioner. For information on how to make a complaint please visit their website at https://ico.org.uk/concerns/  or contact them on 0303 123 1113.

 

 

 

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