Police Services - 128/12
Dated: 07 Jun 2011
Date of request: 31/01/2012
Date of response: 23/02/2012
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 31st January 2012 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.
As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.
I'd like to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act relating to s.25 of the Police Act (1996), which allows for the provision of "special police services at any premises or in any locality in the police area for which the force is maintained, subject to the payment to the police authority of charges on such scales as may be determined by that authority".
Since 1996, how many times has s.25 of the Police Act (1996) been used by your force? Please give the year of each instance.
For each instance, to which person (or organisation) were these services provided?
For each instance, at which premises or locality did this take place?
For each instance, which services were provided?
For each instance, how much was paid to the police authority?
We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.
Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Finance Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held in part by Northumbria Police however can not be disclosed for the following reason
To provide information which meets the criteria of your request would entail a member of staff manually searching many hundreds of records/invoices to locate and retrieve those specific to your request. We have estimated that to extract this information would take well in excess of the prescribed 18 hours, therefore Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act would apply. This section does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimated that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit of 18 hours, equating to £450.00.
You should consider this to be a refusal notice under Section 17 of the Act for your request.
I have provided the below link (ACPO Paying the Bill 2) which explains the charging process for the different events which may be of assistance to you.
The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police. Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation. In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.
How to complain
If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure which can be found at: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp
If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.