Request for information on the number of employees within the OPCC and number who entered the main office 16th September 2021, 13 December 2021 and 24 January 2022

Reference: 21049

Date Added: Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Category: Miscellaneous

Disclosure Details

Thank you for your recent request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 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 partly held by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent (OPCC).


You have requested the following information:


1. How many people, including full-time, part-time and temporary employees, are currently recorded as being based at your main office, either by having a desk or a security pass or any other metric that you use?


There are 19 staff, within the OPCC for Gwent including the Police and Crime Commissioner and Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner. 


Please see the following link to the OPCC website for full details:


Please note:  The Policy and Research Assistant role is currently vacant. 


2. Of these, how many were recorded as having entered the building on the following days:

a. Monday 6th September 2021 

 No information held

b. Monday 13th December 2021

 No information held

c. Monday 24th January 2022

 Two Members of staff were recorded as attending the main office on the 24th January.


However, in response to the questions above, it is important to note that although members of staff were asked to manually log their attendance at the main building, the information provided may not be accurate if they did not do so.  We do not have access to any information held on door access systems to the main building as this would be held by Gwent Police. I also wanted to highlight that not all doors into the OPCC are pass protected, others have a keypad lock with no record of entry or exit registered anywhere.  We were also working under Welsh Government legislation/guidance throughout the pandemic which required us to work from home wherever possible – this was sometimes different to the legislation/guidance for organisations in other parts of the UK.


I am unsure if you were seeking this information from the OPCC or from Gwent Police so I just wanted to bring to your attention that the OPCC and Gwent Police are two separate organisations.   Therefore, you may wish to contact Gwent Police directly to determine if they have the information requested via the following link


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.


You have the right to appeal our decision if you think it is incorrect.  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:


If you remain dissatisfied after an internal review decision, you have the right to apply to the Information Commissioner’s Office. The Commissioner is an independent regulator whose details can be found using the following link: Home | ICO


You can also write to the Information Commissioner’s Office at the following address:

Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF