OPCC Policy relating to the Policing of Illegal Hunts and General Performance Information
Date Added: Dydd Mawrth, 21 Chwefror 2017
1. What is the official policy of the PCC on their individual police forces FAILING to police illegal hunts properly and take appropriate action when informed of and presented with evidence of assault and intimidation?
2. If the PCC does not hold the information requested in my original email, does it hold ANY information on ANY subject relating to the performance of their individual police forces? If so, could I please have details of the type of information held.
3. An answer to question 5 in my original email below please. This is a direct question on PCC policy. (Question 5 of previous request - What is your official policy on policing \"illegal hunts using dogs\"?)
Two duties are placed on public authorities under Section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). Notwithstanding applicable exemptions, the first duty at, Section 1(1) (a), is to confirm or deny whether the information specified in a request is held. The second duty at, Section1 (1) (b), is to disclose information that has been confirmed as being held.
Under the provisions of those sections of the FOIA, we can confirm that the information you seek is partly held by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent. Please find responses below.
This email is to inform you that it will not be possible to respond to your request within the cost threshold by virtue of section 12(1) of the FOIA. Once part of the request goes over the cost limit the whole request is exempt and there is no obligation to answer any part of the request, therefore in accordance with section 17(5) FOIA, this email acts as a Refusal Notice and closure of this request, reference number 17/05.
Section 12(1) “does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimates that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit.” In the case of a police force, the appropriate limit is set at £450, which is calculated at £25 per hour (i.e. 18 hours).
The OPCC does hold performance information in relation to Gwent Police across a wide range of areas. As your request does not specify the type of performance information you are looking for it is estimated that to provide all the information we hold in relation to this area to you would take more than 18 hours of staff time, therefore we are unable to answer this question and the exemption stated above is engaged.
Section 16 – Duty to provide advice and assistance
We could provide an official response to questions 1 and 3 within the costs specified although I would advise you submit these questions to Gwent Police on firstname.lastname@example.org as the matters you refer to are operational in nature and fall under the remit of the Chief Constable. In relation to question 2, are you able to narrow your requirements that would allow us to meet this section of your request within cost limits? For example, what performance information are you requesting and what time frame are you requesting it over? I can however provide you with a link to the Strategy and Performance Board page of our website; it is one of a number of meetings at which force performance is discussed.
If a response is received from you, this will be treated as a new request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.