Freedom of Information Disclosure Log 2017

Information requests and disclosures for 2017: 

Request Date Request Disclosure
20/11/17 What was Mr Toner's salary and what was the total amount he was paid before his employment was terminated?
What was the formal recruitment process involved in obtaining Mr Toner's services?
How long was the original contract for?
Why was it terminated prematurely?
What was Mr Toner's relationship to Mr Gilmore at the time?
Response (PDF 103KB)
13/11/17 1. Does your Constabulary/Force currently use a private company to undertake any of the following services:
• Public Relations
• Social Media Communications
• External Stakeholder Communications
• Internal Stakeholder Communications.

2. If yes, can you please confirm:
• When the current contract was last let
• When the current contract expires
• Whether the current contract has options to extend its length
• When you expect to retender the contract.

3. If no (to question 1 above), are you considering letting such a contract in the future and if so, do you have an approximate timetable for engaging the market?

4. Have you used a private company to help you with any other marketing or public information campaigns in the past 2 years?

5. If so, could you please provide a brief overview of what those campaigns were about and approximately how long your contract with the company was for to support the campaign(s)?
Response (PDF 113KB)
07/11/17 1. The details of the 59 statements of evidence originally compiled by the West Yorkshire Police Professional Standards Department (PSD) regarding allegations of alleged misbehaviour by the former Chief Constable Mark Gilmore.

These statements were eventually drawn together by Lancashire Police during an investigation commissioned by the office of the West Yorkshire Police & Crime Commissioner.

I understand that they have been returned to the office of the PCC and any sensitive information has already been redacted. I would expect that the redactions would comply with the Data Protection Act 1998.

2. Who is responsible for identifying and sanctioning these redactions and their positions please?

These are allegations, some of which, the WYPCC Mark Burns-Williamson was first made aware of on August 27, 2014.

These and subsequent allegations were referred to West Yorkshire Police's Professional Standards Department and an investigation was launched.

This is as distinct from the separate investigation commissioned by Mr Burns-Williamson into the professional conduct of Mr Gilmore and carried out by Lancashire Police into his professional conduct while serving with the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
Response (PDF 86KB)
16/10/17 Can I request under the Freedom of Information how many cases have been referred to the CPS for prosecution? I would also like to request under the FOI how many FGM cases has WY Police investigated in the last two years. Response (PDF 26KB)
09/10/17 Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I would like to request the following information from your organisation:

1) The total amount spent by the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) of West Yorkshire on legal fees, between the dates 21st April 2017 and the 6th October 2017, for legal advice and representation for the Police and Crime Commissioner who is deemed to be the defendant in a judicial review brought against him by the former Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Mark Gilmore.
Response (PDF 23KB)
09/10/17 Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I would like to request the following information from your organisation:

The report commissioned by WYPCC Mark Burns-Williamson into the professional conduct of former West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Mark Gilmore (including allegations of misconduct while serving with the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the so-called "whistle-blower" allegations).

This was untaken by Lancashire Police and the report was received by the office of the WYPCC on July 26, 2016.

Should you hold the information I require I do not believe it will take your organisation longer than the prescribed limit of 3.5 working days or £450 as outlined in Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act, to collate and then provide the information to me.

However should you believe this limit will be breached I'd be grateful if you could make contact with me at the earliest opportunity so I can rework my request to ensure that your organisation will be able to disclose at least some of the information I have asked for within the statutory requirements of the Act.

Should your organisation hold the information that I have requested your organisation has 20 working days to provide me with the information as prescribed by the Freedom of Information Act? I anticipate therefore a response by 11th October 2017.
Response (PDF 37KB)
09/10/17 Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I would like to request the following information from your organisation:

I request that you provide me with the full documented report into the allegations as compiled by the West Yorkshire Police Professional Standards Department into the "whistle-blower allegations" that were brought against former Chief Constable Mark Gilmore.

If it is not possible to disclose the complete report I request that you disclose to me the following information:

- The terms of reference of the investigation?
- What were the specific allegations investigated?
- What were the findings of the investigation?
- What actions were subsequently taken to address the complaints made?

These are allegations, some of which, the WYPCC Mark Burns-Williamson was first made aware of on August 27, 2014.

These and subsequent allegations were referred to West Yorkshire Police's Professional Standards Department and an investigation launched.

This is as distinct from the separate investigation commissioned by Mr Burns-Williamson into the professional conduct of Mr Gilmore and carried out by Lancashire Police into his professional conduct while serving with the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

Should you hold the information I require I do not believe it will take your organisation longer than the prescribed limit of 3.5 working days or £450 as outlined in Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act, to collate and then provide the information to me.

However should you believe this limit will be breached I'd be grateful if you could make contact with me at the earliest opportunity so I can rework my request to ensure that your organisation will be able to disclose at least some of the information I have asked for within the statutory requirements of the Act.

Should your organisation hold the information that I have requested your organisation has 20 working days to provide me with the information as prescribed by the Freedom of Information Act? I anticipate therefore a response by 11th October 2017.
Response (PDF 247KB)
18/09/17 1) Please explain the Child protection protocol sanctioned by the Commissioner that instructs Police Officers to forcibly separate children from their natural parents, without checking family relationships, requesting evidence or a valid reason.

2) The Children Act, Human Rights and numerous Statutes allow children a voice, their wishes and opinions respected. By which Local Authority, under what Political Criteria, do Police disregard children's Rights, safety, their wishes, disclosures and unequivocal evidence of Domestic Abuse?

3) Which Statute allows child abuse and DV as Cultural Prerogatives and discriminates to favour Gender specific notions that keep women in their place as primary domestic carers? How do your procedural directives differ between social groups and gender, when Officers respond to Domestic Abuse incidents where no evidence exists?

Orders direct from West Yorkshire Police Crime Commissioner prevent many child abuse and Domestic Abuse investigations where unequivocal evidence does exist. Can you please share with the public, your directive that orders Police officers to breach Human Rights, Statutory Child Protection and ignore children's Rights to be heard depending on the perpetrator's religion and gender?

It is a fact that West Yorkshire Police Officers refused to record crimes against specific groups of Children e.g. FGM because of a "Directive". This is not an opinion as you suggested.

What exactly is this "Directive"? I cannot find it on your web site
Response (PDF 147KB)
17/09/17 Request: Please disclose the full Operation Lamp investigation report and the seven volumes of evidence associated with it. Response (PDF 233KB)
16/08/17 I request disclosure of the following:

1. The operational codename of the "whistle-blower investigation" (if different to Operation Barium).

2. The Terms of Reference agreed with Lancashire Police.

3. The name of the investigating officer appointed by Lancashire Police (if different to ACC Tim Jacques who was head of the Barium investigation).

4. The investigation outcome (report).

5. The decision letter that accompanied that outcome (report).

6. Correspondence between the IPCC and the PCC's office concerning the whistle-blower allegations. It appears as though the IPCC's Rachel Millington was dealing with these.

7. Correspondence (including any meeting, briefing notes; reports; emails and the like) between the PCC and/or his Deputy and/or the PCC's chief executive and any West Yorkshire Police officer, at the rank of superintendent or above, concerning the whistle-blower allegations.
Respons Part 1 (PDF 178KB)

Response Part 2 (PDF 282KB)
15/08/17 I would like to request a copy of the minutes of any meetings of this group where prostitution was discussed. The group was established in February 2016, so the timeframe is from then to date. Response (PDF 21KB)
08/08/17 For each financial year 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17 (if possible. If not then please provide for calendar year):

1. How much was spent by the PPC on services for: a. Victim's services b. Sexual violence/ domestic violence
2. Broken down by year, please provide details of the types of sexual violence/ domestic violence programmes that were funded- e.g. refuge shelters, counselling, work with male perpetrators.

If my request is denied in whole or in part, I ask that you justify all deletions by reference to specific exemptions of the Act. I will also expect you to release all non-exempt material. I reserve the right to appeal your decision to withhold any information or to charge excessive fees.

I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request. I look forward to your response within 20 working days, as outlined by the statute.
Response (PDF 49KB)
20/07/17 I would like to know the number of incidents recorded for workplace bullying lodged against the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

I would also like the total number made in the office.

I would like these figures from the incumbent's beginning in office to the most recent complaint.

I would like this information provided electronically.

If it is not possible to provide the information requested due to the information exceeding the cost of compliance limits identified in Section 12, please provide advice and assistance, under your Section 16 obligations, as to how I can refine my request to be included in the scope of the Act.
Response (PDF 21KB)
19/07/17 I wish to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for the following information. If the information requested is already published in another format, please point me in its direction.

1. For each of the past five years (including 2017 to date), please provide a list of the local groups to receive funding from the PCC/Mayor/Authority for the provision of support to victims of rape and sexual assault; together with the amount of money provided.

2. Has the PCC/Mayor/Authority given any consideration to any waiting lists for rape and sexual violence support, and how such waiting lists can be mitigated against. If so, please provide details.
Response (PDF 228KB)
18/07/17 Information requested relating to the date of each Police and Crime Commissioner surgery over the last 3 years and the number of appointment slots at each surgery which were occupied Response (PDF 46KB)
22/06/17 I would like to raise a Freedom of Information Request under the Data Protection Act to know the number of people that have managed to gain access to one-one appointments with Mark over the last 3 years. In particular, I would like to know how many requests you have received and how many you declined prior to each surgery. Response (PDF 128KB)
17/06/17 How many road and causeway accidents and casualties there have been reported to Police on Briestfield Road Briestfield, Dewsbury, over the years please? Response (PDF 20KB)
06/06/17 Would like in depth information on complaints made against the PCC
1. Date complaint made
2. Allegations made within the complaint.
3. a. Referred by the Panel to IPCC? b. If so, on what date?
4. If referred, a. The IPCC's decision (to investigate or not investigate) b. The date such decision was made.
5. If not referred, a. The decision of the Panel complaints sub-committee b. The date such decision was made.
6. a. If an appeal to the full Panel was made b. The date such an appeal was made.
7. If appealed, a. Was the complainant seen by the Panel or a representative group of the Panel? b. The decision of the full Panel c. The date such decision was made.
8. If any further challenge made by the complainant to a. Local Government Ombudsman b. Administrative Court please provide (i) the date complaint or proceedings were made/issued (ii) a brief summary of the outcome including the date of finalisation or discontinuance.
Response part 1 (PDF 140KB)

Response part 2 (PDF 213KB) 
31/05/17 Regarding arrest rates and targets for Elland Road Police Station Leeds:
1. What are the end of month targets for arrests for officers operating in west Yorkshire, Leeds, Elland rd. police station? If different frequency/area/measure is used for such policing performance statistics then please reveal those.

2. What has been the trend for such arrest statistics for Elland Road Police Station over the last 12 months, increasing or decreasing?

3. If lower than average arrests were made for say 3 consecutive months from Elland Road Police station, what instructions or consequences would result from such under-performance?

4. Have any such communications (verbal or written) been given to Officers from Elland Road Police station to increase or improve their arrest rates in the last 12 months?
Response (PDF 21KB)
25/05/17 Would like information on the type of IT equipment that the OPCC uses Response (PDF 24KB)
20/05/17 1) What markers and parameters do West Yorkshire police use to identify those at risk of
a) extremism
b) radicalisation?
2) How many people in Kirklees, have been referred for "de-radicalisation" via the Channel programme since May 2016?
a) How are those de-radicalisation sessions carried out? What is the Police's role?
Response (PDF 19KB)
19/05/17 Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please provide me with full answers to each of the following questions, which update questions asked of your Office in 2013:

. How many OPCC staff have been made redundant, dismissed or taken voluntary exit between November 2012 and April 2016?
. What is the total amount given to them in voluntary exit payments, redundancy pay, severance payments, lump sums, payments in lieu of notice, compensation awards and pension payments?
. What was the single highest payment?
. How many of them signed confidentiality or 'gagging' clauses as part of compromise agreements when they left?
. How much is your Chief Executive paid? 
. When did they start work in the OPCC?
.What payment was made to the previous Chief Executive when they left?
. How many OPCC staff have been made redundant, dismissed or taken voluntary exit or early retirement since April 2016?
Response (PDF 189KB)
11/05/17 In a FOIA request finalisation headed 'Operation Barium' and dated 11th May it was indicated that Mark Gilmore had instigated civil proceedings against the PCC.
Please provide the following information:
1. The name of the court in which proceedings were issued
2. The type of claim issued
3. A copy of the claim form
4. A copy of the statement of grounds
5. A copy of the defence, including summary grounds
6. A copy of the reply to defence (if any)
7 A copy of any orders made by the court including notice of hearings
Response (PDF 106KB)
05/05/17 Please can you indicate if the services are contracted out or delivered in-house?
Structured Cabling
Security Services (Intruder Alarm, CCTV, Access Control, Disabled Refuge, Gate & Barrier automation)
If any of the above are contracted out can you please provide the following for each outsourced contract:
Contract name
Contract start date
Contract end date
If there is a potential to extend the contract beyond the end date and if so by how many years Annual contract value Name of the current contractor The contact details of the person responsible for procuring the services
Response (PDF 21KB)
04/05/17 A copy of the tender submission of the winning tenderer; Copies of e-mails/memoranda/correspondence/minutes of meetings between the winning tenderer and the Procurement Team, relating to this tender and its award. Response (PDF 46KB)
02/05/17 Please confirm the present level of financial reserves the Police Authority hold at this present date. Response (PDF 44KB)
27/04/17 I am writing to you to try and find out, under the Freedom Of Information Act, if my local MP is under investigation by the CPS for Election Expenses Fraud during the last General Election. Response (PDF 20KB)
21/04/17 Under the freedom of information act I would like to request the following information. As of today 21/4/2017 what are the monies held as a contingency fund by the police and crime commissioner. Response (PDF 27KB)
13/04/17 These centres are likely to be in Wakefield & Bradford. The current reasons given for this move are very similar, & in some cases identical to the reasons given for moving away from two centres in the first place. Under the freedom of information act, can you please supply me with figures quoting how much taxpayer's money has been spent on moving the comms dept., starting with the move from two centres (East and West) back to divisions approx. 5 years ago, also including estimated costs for the new proposed moves back to two centres at Wakefield & Bradford? Can you also provide me with how much was spent on refurbishing the custody suites at both Pudsey and Killingbeck just prior to both being closed/mothballed? Response (PDF 20KB)
04/04/17 I write to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Can you please tell me:-The total amount earmarked from the PCC's budget (and forces if applicable) for 2017/18 to pay for PFI and/or PF2 -projects/schemes/liabilities? -Which individual schemes these are and how much each cost in 2017/18?-The total amounts for 2016/17 and 2015/16? Response (PDF 34KB)
28/03/17 This is an information request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.My request concerns contract no. 1285-2016 for Interpretation, Translation and Transcription Services I would like a copy of all bid documentation, including pre-qualification questionnaires, submitted by all the companies that bid for the contract. Response (PDF 20KB)
22/03/17 Under the FOI Act I request the following information:
1) Please provide a list of all items seized under the proceeds of crime act in 2015, 2016 and so far in 2017.
2) Please say what was done with the items seized i.e. Mercedes car sold for £x
3) Please say how much in cash has been seized under the proceeds of crime act in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
If you could return email confirming this request I would appreciate it.
Please provide a response within the 20 working day time limit.
Response (PDF 25KB)
20/03/17 I am sending this request in relation to Monocular vision and is two fold in the information I require.
I am seeking information in relation to your forces policy to Police Officers and the driving standards required for both Advanced and Standard response drivers who have Monocular Vision.
The second request is to be informed as to how many officers, if any currently are in employment, suffer from Monocular Vision and what if so what role they currently perform within your force
Response (PDF 19KB)
07/03/17 I would like to request a copy of the recent review carried out by West Yorkshire Police into the coroner's officer's functions in West Yorkshire, which I understand was completed recently. Response (PDF 22KB)
27/02/17 For each question apart from Question 7, please provide information broken down into the following categories:
a) Your commissioned services for women experiencing domestic violence and abuse
b) Your commissioned services for men experiencing domestic violence and abuse
c) Your commissioned services which are for either women or men experiencing domestic violence and abuse
d) Your commissioned services for groups with specific needs such as BME women, disabled women, and LGBTQ survivors experiencing domestic violence and abuse

1. What is the value of your commissioned services, and has this amount increased or decreased since it was last commissioned?
2. Which organisation or organisations currently hold the contract for your commissioned services? When are these services due to be recommissioned? Please include dates of then tender documents will be available.
3. When your services were commissioned, was an Equality Impact Assessment carried out? Has your procurement team or legal advisors ensured that your decisions were compliant with both the EU Procurement Directive and the EU Directive on Victim's Rights?
4. How many expressions of interest did you receive and how many final bids did you receive?
5. How much did the commissioning process cost you?
6. Was the decision to commission your services made as part of a Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) strategy?
7. Mapping of provision:
a. Did you undertake mapping of service provision as part of the commissioning protect for domestic violence and abuse?
b. If yes, please list details of the domestic violence service providers in your local authority that are NOT commissioned by the local authority following categories: (i) services for women experiencing domestic violence and abuse (ii) services for men experiencing domestic violence and abuse; (iii) women or men experiencing domestic violence and abuse (iv) BME women, disabled women, and LGBTQ survivors experiencing domestic violence and abuse.
Response part 1 (PDF 19KB)

Response part 2 (PDF 351KB)
12/02/17 Could you please send me the misconduct investigation report into former chief constable Mark Gilmore which was announced as being completed in August 2016? Response (PDF 41KB)
08/02/17 I am writing to you to request any crime statistics you have from Leeds festival 2016. I am looking for a comprehensive break down of the crimes committed and how many occurrences there were. Response (PDF 20KB)
06/02/17 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.
Response (PDF 35KB)
04/02/17 Under the FOI act could you please provide me with the following information for each of the police forces you represent :

1. How many times in 2016 your respective police forces attended "illegal hunts using dogs"?
2. How many arrests, charges, cautions and prosecutions were made by your respective police forces? Could this information be sorted into pro hunt and anti-hunt cases please?
3. How many complaints were made to your respective police forces alleging assault and intimidation and by whom (pro hunt/anti hunt)?
4. How many of the complaints from 3. above resulted in your police officers "refusing" to take the correct and appropriate action?
5. What is your official policy on policing "illegal hunts using dogs"?
Response (PDF 35KB)
31/01/17 I write to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Could you please send me a copy of the PCC's response to the College of Policing's consultation on the educational framework for policing (aka degrees for police officers)? If you have any questions about this request please get back to me via this email address or any of the details supplied below in my signature. Otherwise I look forward to receiving your reply within 20 working days. Response (PDF 20KB)
30/01/17 1a. I would like to know how many arrests West Yorkshire Police made in relation to child grooming in each of the years; 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 respectively. I would also like to know how many of these were charged. If you could answer like this; 2013 arrests?? Charged?? 2014 Arrests?? Charged??

1b. I would like to know the ethnicities of those arrested. With regard to the numerical answer for the number of arrests for each of the years in 1.a, how many of those arrested were; White British? Asian? African/Caribbean? Eastern European Other? (if you could answer like this; 2013 White British?? Asian?? African/Caribbean?? Eastern European?? Other??) 1c. I would also like to know the age range of those arrested each year? (if you could answer like this; 2013 18-25 ?? 26-35?? 36-50?? 51+??

2a. I would like to know how many arrests were made by west Yorkshire Police specifically regarding online grooming or child grooming with an online element in the case in the years 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 respectively. I would also like to know how many of these were charged.

2. b. I would like to know the ethnicities of those arrested. With regard to the numerical answer for the number of arrests for each of the years in 2.a, how many of those arrested were; White British? Asian? African/Caribbean? Eastern European?

2c. I would also like to know the age range of those arrested each year.
Response (PDF 19KB)
27/01/17 There is a current trend in West Yorkshire whereby motorists are driving in clear conditions in daylight and night time with front fog lights on. As a glasses wearer I am sick of being dazzled by oncoming traffic with additional glare from front fog lights. When I started driving the police would pull you over if you had front fogs on at night when it wasn't foggy. This no longer seems to be the case. Why is this and what is being done to address the problem? The highway code states: 236 You MUST NOT use front or rear fog lights unless visibility is seriously reduced (see http://www.highwaycodeuk.co.uk/driving-in-adverse-weather-conditions---overview-226.html">Rule 226) as they dazzle other road users and can obscure your brake lights. You MUST switch them off when visibility improves. Law RVLR regs 25 & 27 The only driving activity seemingly monitored and controlled by the authorities in modern Britain is speeding. This obviously generates income. Driving with only one headlight is another common observation but less annoying. Under the freedom of information act I would like to know the annual figure for motorists prosecuted for driving with fog lights on unnecessarily. Response (PDF 19KB)
16/01/17 • The number of complaints about police officers illegally accessing the Police National Computer
• The number of complaints about force civilian staff illegally accessing the Police National Computer
• Please detail the outcome of those complaints (numbers of police officers disciplined/prosecuted/suspended/sacked/no action, numbers of police staff disciplined/prosecuted/suspended/sacked/no action)
• Please detail for what purposes (where known) those police officers and staff unlawfully accessed the PNC Please provide the information for calendar years 2014, 2015, 2016 -Jan-Dec.

Please collate the information in an excel spreadsheet and send via email. OPCCs should/usually hold a log detailing the nature of complaints sent to them by members of the public. Please provide details of the number of complaints against police that involve the alleged misuse of the Police National Computer. We are aware that any complaints relating to police officers and staff received by the OPCC are usually sent on to the PSD. If it is not possible to provide the information requested due to the information exceeding the cost of compliance limits identified in section 12, please provide advice and assistance, under your section 16 obligations, as to how I can refine my request to be included in the scope of the Act. Please acknowledge receipt of this request. I look forward to your response within 20 working days, as stipulated by the Act. If you have any queries, please don't hesitate to contact me via email or 'phone and I will be happy to clarify what I am asking for.
Response (PDF 29KB)
12/01/17 Please may you provide me with details of the victim service providers that you fund and commission? Please include:

• Organisation name
• Funding start and end date
• Type of organisation
• Contract value

Please include all services, including general services, domestic violence, sexual violence, CSE, restorative justice, etc. I would like the details of the most recent funded victim service providers to date.
Response part 1 (PDF 23KB) 

Respons part 2 (PDF 253KB)
09/01/17 Copies of all correspondence since June 1, 2014, between the PCC's office and either
- Former chief constable Mark Gilmore
- Mark Gilmore's legal representatives
- The Chief Police Officers Staff Association
Response (PDF 42KB)

 

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