Request for the number of Police Stations open in 2019
Date Added: Friday, October 25, 2019
In Gwent I noted that in 2010 there were 148 Police Stations open. In 2017 there were just 73 open. Please would you let me know how many Police Stations are now open in 2019.
Thank you for your recent request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
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 held by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent. Please find responses below.
1. In Gwent I noted that in 2010 there were 148 Police Stations open. In 2017 there were just 73 open. Please would you let me know how many Police Stations are now open in 2019.
The Police and Crime Commissioner is required to publish the identity of any premises or land owned by, or occupied for the purposes of, the elected local policing body. I have enclosed a hard copy of our current premises for your information. Details can also be found using the following link on the PCC website: www.gwent.pcc.police.uk/en/about-us/the-estate/. I am unsure where you obtained your figures relating to the number of police stations that were previously open in Gwent but they are not accurate, in 2009 there were 52 stations in the area, not including police headquarters.
Should you have any Freedom of Information requests relating to operational policing matters you may wish to contact Gwent Police at the following email address: FOI@gwent.pnn.police.uk. You can also write to them at the following address:
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The Freedom of Information Act is a public disclosure regime, not a private regime. Any information disclosed under the Act is thereafter deemed to be in the public domain, and therefore freely available to the general public and will be published on the OPCC website.
I hope this information is satisfactory to your request however, should you feel dissatisfied with this response or the way in which your request was handled, information on the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent FOI Appeals Procedure can be found on our website: www.gwent.pcc.police.uk/en/transparency/know-your-rights/your-information-rights/freedom-of-information/appeals-process/