Freedom of Information and Data Sharing

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities, sets out exemptions from that right and places a number of obligations on public authorities.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 received Royal Assent on 30 November 2000. It gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities, sets out exemptions from that right and places a number of obligations on public authorities. A 'public authority' is defined in the Act, and includes, but is not restricted to, central and local government, non-governmental public bodies, the police, the health service and schools, colleges and universities. Any person who makes a request to a public authority for information must be informed whether the public authority holds that information and, subject to exemptions, supplied with that information.

For more information on our data sharing policies, including how to make a Freedom of Information request please read the Publication Scheme.

To make a Freedom of Information request or to find out more email foi.PC@westyorks-ca.gov.uk. We will look to respond to requests within 20 working days wherever possible.

Freedom of Information requests made to the Mayor regarding policing and crime will be hosted below. You can see previous requests under the Police and Crime Commissioner here westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/how-we-work/freedom-information-and-data-sharing.

 

Freedom of Information Disclosure Log 2022


 

Disclosure Date: 20/04/22

Request: An article states that figures suggest there has been a 44% increase in transphobic related crimes have over the last year.

1. Please provide the figures that suggest this 44% increase.

Disclosure: Response


Disclosure Date: 13/04/22

Request: Please could you provide me with some detailed information on where the additional 4.7% increase in funding levied on the 2022/23 council tax is being spent.

Please can you also give the objectives for the PCC for 2022 / 23?

Disclosure: Response


Disclosure Date: 13/04/22

Request: Why have your charges on council tax bills risen by 4.7% for 2022-2023?

Disclosure: Response


Disclosure Date: 12/04/22

Request: I would like to know how many stops and searches on children aged 12-16 are done by West Yorkshire police in each of the past 5 years?

Disclosure: No information held


Disclosure Date: 04/04/22

Request: 1. As of 01.03.22 how many of your force's officers (not PCSOs) were suspended on full pay? Please provide me with a breakdown showing the number of officers suspended in each rank of your force as of 01.01.22.

2. Please also provide me with a list showing the date (month/year) that each officer suspended as of 01.03.22 was first suspended from duty on full pay?

3. Please provide the salary/pay band of each officer.

4. Please provide details of each investigation - (eg.category: Fraud, gross misconduct etc)

Disclosure: Response


Disclosure Date: 01/04/22

Request: 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?

2. Of these, how many were recorded as having entered the building on the following days:
a. Monday 6th September 2021
b. Monday 13th December 2021
c. Monday 24th January 2022

Disclosure: Response


Disclosure Date: 28/03/22

Request: As the legacy Authority for the Office of the West Yorks PCC can you please disclose the following information:

1. The date that the chief executive, Fraser Sampson, left the employment of the PCC.

2. A copy of any press release issued at the time of his departure.

Disclosure: Response


Disclosure Date: 21/02/22

Request: How many complaints were outstanding as at 30 June 2021

Disclosure: 0


Disclosure Date: 18/02/22

Request: This is an information request relating to payments made to charities and third sector organisations.

Please provide the following information for 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21:

• The value of grants made to each of the organisations listed below. Please provide the information for each of the three financial years separately, and list all grants separately.
• The value of loans made to each of the organisations listed below. Please provide the information for each of the three financial years separately, and list all loans separately.
The payments made to charities and third sector organisations relate to the following only:
• Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH)
• Independent Sage
• NHS Confederation
• Keep our NHS public
• SOS NHS
• Care and Support Workers Organise
• UNITED VOICES OF THE WORLD
• Health Campaigns Together
• Doctors for the NHS
• We Own It
• The People's Assembly
• Zero Covid Coalition
• Health Campaign Together
• Docs Not Cops
• British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin
• Association of Pakistani Physicians of Northern Europe
• Royal College of General Practitioners
• Royal College of Ophthalmology
• Royal College of Psychiatrists
• Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Disclosure: No information held


Disclosure Date: 11/02/22

Request: Please include the information for each of the following periods; 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21:
• The annual cost to the police force for seizing dogs under the Dangerous Dogs Act (1991) broken down by the cost of kennelling, the cost of veterinary treatment, and the cost of destroying the dogs
• The number of dogs seized under the act per year

Disclosure: No information held


Disclosure Date: 11/02/22

Request: Please include the information for each of the following periods; 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21:
• The annual cost to the police force for seizing dogs under the Dangerous Dogs Act (1991) broken down by the cost of kennelling, the cost of veterinary treatment, and the cost of destroying the dogs
• The number of dogs seized under the act per year

Disclosure: No information held


Disclosure Date: 10/02/22

Request: This is an information request relating to data released today on seizures of cannabis https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/seizures-of-drugs-in-england-and-wales-financial-year-ending-2021/seizures-of-drugs-in-england-and-wales-financial-year-ending-2021 .

Please include the information for the 2020-21 financial year:
• The estimated cost to the police force of enforcing cannabis laws
• The estimated market value of the cannabis seized
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 the Section 16 obligations of the Act, as to how I can refine my request.

Disclosure: No information held


Disclosure Date: 10/02/22

Request: Please include the information for the 2020-21 financial year:
• The estimated cost to the police force of enforcing cannabis laws
• The estimated market value of the cannabis seized

Disclosure: No information held


Disclosure Date: 09/02/22

Request: Please can you tell me whether it is policy for WYP vehicles to have within them an operational first aid kit and an automated external defibrillator that can be used by officers when attending an incident with an injured party, and to render first aid using this equipment?

Additionally, if it is policy for this equipment to be within vehicles, are officers expected to check this equipment is in working order prior to going out on patrol?

Disclosure: No information held


Disclosure Date: 07/02/22

Request: During the employment tribunal case of Nadeem Saddique a Cleveland officer, reference was made to Dee Collins covering up racism when a Superintendent at Cleveland Police.

1. Please provide details of the assessment undertaking by West Yorkshire Police in respect of this matter as a conduct issue.

I would also be grateful if you could provide details of the following :

2. The decision to investigate former CC Gilmore, the details of the decision maker including relevant documents.

3. A complaint was made against former CC Rhodes of Lincolnshire Police by the PCC Chief Executive office. Please provide the details as to who authorised this and the associated paperwork.

West Yorkshire Police have referred me to your office.

Disclosure: Previously provided:

https://www.westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/sites/default/files/2019-11/270218_foi_p1.pdf

https://www.westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/sites/default/files/2019-11/270218_foi_p2.pdf

https://www.westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/sites/default/files/2019-11/270218_foi_p3.pdf

https://www.westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/sites/default/files/2019-11/270218_foi_p4.pdf

https://www.westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/sites/default/files/2019-11/270218_foi_p5.pdf


Disclosure Date: 21/01/22

Request: Ryhill Parish Council pays to the West Yorkshire Police Safe Scheme quarterly payments. I would like to make a Freedom of Information Request for information as to payments made between 1 January 2019 and the 30 June 2020. It could be copies of invoices and dates paid or statement of accounts etc.
I would also ask for a copy of invoice number YFS14031728 as the date has been redacted and what date that payment was made.

Disclosure: No information held


Disclosure Date: 19/01/22

Request: 1. Please confirm whether your police force has considered entering into a collaboration agreement pursuant to section 22A of the Police Act 1996 (as amended by the PRSRA) to establish a Forensic Capability Network (FCN).

2. Please confirm whether, as a result of such consideration, that such an agreement has been signed and if not please supply the reasons for not entering such an agreement.

3. If, such an agreement has been entered, please supply the date on which the agreement came into legal force.

4. Please confirm whether your police force has agreed that the Forensic Capability Network will prepare the next round of contracts for physical forensic services as part of their ""next generation procurement"" as detailed here on the FCN website https://www.fcn.police.uk/news/2021-11/seven-year-plan-next-generation-procurement-physical-forensics-goes-market , in other words, is your police force using this process or something else to procure such services?

5. If your police force is using something other than the Forensic Capabilty Network's process described in (4), please provide information as to what that process is.

Disclosure: No information held


Disclosure Date: 19/01/22

Request: Incidents reported in your region where cyclists have been close passed by a motor vehicle such as those made as part of Operation Snap or similar.

Please could I receive the information broken down by calendar year from 2016 onwards in order to establish trends?

I’d like to know how many close passes involving cyclists have been reported and how many of them were accompanied by supporting video evidence.

I’m also interested in the outcomes of the reports. What are the outcomes and what is their split amongst the reports? E.g., how many reports result in no further action being taken, how many resulted in the driver being written to, how many resulted in the drivers being asked to attend an awareness course, and in how many instances were drivers prosecuted etc.?

Also, in how many of the reports did the cyclist receive a warning or prosecution relating to their part in the incident?

Having submitted many videos to different regions, highlighting what I believed to be obviously dangerous close passes that have resulted in different outcomes, I’d also like to understand how the level of outcome is arrived at and how the consistency of the evidence review is ensured? For example:

  • Is there a minimum level of training required for each person reviewing evidence?
  • Is it ever acceptable for a vehicle to pass close within 1.5m of a cyclist? If not, how is the proximity assessed from video evidence? If so, how is the speed of pass or risk presented assessed from video evidence?
  • What are the documented guidelines/standards that those reviewing the video evidence follow?

Finally, with respect to the changes in the Highway Code concerning a hierarchy of vulnerable road users, will this be acknowledged in your regions budget spend and what will I notice as a cyclist?

I look forward to hearing from you in due course.

Disclosure: No information held


Freedom of Information Disclosure Log 2021 (from 10th May onwards)

FOIs prior to 10th May 2021 can be found on the website of the previous Police and Crime Commissioner at https://www.westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/how-we-work/freedom-information-and-data-sharing

 


Disclosure Date: 21/12/21

Request: "Total number of Police complaint reviews by Office of West Yorkshire PCC from 1/2/2020 to 19/11/2021
Total number of police complaints upheld by Office of West Yorkshire PCC from 1/2/2020 to 19/11/2021"

Disclosure: Response


Disclosure Date: 17/12/21

Request: Are any of the people working for the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and the IOPC ex-police officers, or have spouses or partners that are serving or have served as police officers, or other departments civil or otherwise that are involved with the Police at an official level?

Disclosure:

Whilst West Yorkshire Combined Authority does not hold the information that you have requested, there are policies and procedures in place that relate to the conduct of staff and disclosures of interest.

The Code of Conduct Policy for the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Policing & Crime Team states: “Employees must not be directly involved in the processing of any type of application for work, services or other matters in which they, or any close relative, have a personal interest.”

Moreover, all individuals working in the roles which relate to the Policing & Crime Commissioner functions are subject to non-police personal vetting (NPPV) checks at the appropriate level for the role in which they occupy before they are granted access to Police restricted information or data.


Disclosure Date: 06/12/21

Request: Please provide year on year data for the past five years.
Turning to your request for clarification of the FOI request, please provide year on year data for the past five years.
Can you please provide also the minutes of the meeting which decided the changes introduced in the June version of the policy."

Disclosure: Response


Disclosure Date: 06/12/21

Request: How many times has an unreasonable behaviour notice been issued by your office?

How many times have they been appealed, and how many of those appeals were upheld?

Disclosure: Response


Disclosure Date: 02/12/21

Request: 1. Is heritage crime an issue in your county?
2. Is heritage crime an important issue for your county?
3. What are the levels of recorded heritage crime in your county over the last 5 years?
4. What categories of heritage crime have been recorded in your county over the last 5 years?
5. Is heritage crime considered as a priority for the Police & Crime Commissioner e.g. is it included in your Police and Crime Plan
6. Does your service partake in and/or encourage partnership working with outside bodies with regards to heritage crime working, for example, Historic England?
7. Are situational crime prevention techniques used by the service you are responsible for preventing heritage crimes? "

Disclosure: No information held


Disclosure Date: 26/11/21

Request: Please could you send me details of the West Yorkshire Police budget and Police staffing levels for the last ten years, plus any projections for the immediate future?

I recollect that on occasion the constituent authorities have “topped up” the Police budget by funding additional PCSOs and similar “extras”. I am not sure how this is recorded in the budget, but I would be grateful if your figures could make these arrangements clear.

Disclosure:https://www.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/policing-and-crime/finance/statement-of-accounts/


Disclosure Date: 24/11/21

Request: "Would you please disclose information concerning how you / your office deal with complaints made against the Chief Constable. The type of information which I would like is;
1. Details of each step followed from the minute a complaint is received and up until a recording decision, letter is sent to the complainant;
2. Which internal forms / documents are used, completed during a complaints process
3. How are reasons, decisions and rationale recorded during above process. And which (if any) form/s / document/.s and or reports are required to be completed (including when case is closed)
4. If the Chief Constable is required to be (or is) contacted once a complaint is received. And, if so, if the Chief Constable is asked or is required to supply you (as PCC) / your office with comments or an account in reply to the allegations / complaint/s during the assessment stage (and in advance of recording decision being issued)
With regards to above. I would also be grateful if you could disclose either screenshots or copies of the required , i.e. blank copies of those documents showing the layout, information required etc"

Disclosure: Response


Disclosure Date: 04/11/21

Request: 1. how the temporary reduction of the speed limit from 40 to 30 mph has impacted on the “casualty reduction figures” during that period.
I would like the total number of accidents from the 2 years preceding the enforcement of 30mph?
I would like the total number of accidents from the 30mph enforcement date to the present day.
2. Please include the types of vehicles involved.
3. Please advise of any deaths or serious/reportable injuries.
4. Please provide the number of drivers whom have been caught out ""speeding"" during the same period, both before and after the imposition.
5. Please also provide the revenue gleaned from fining motorists during the same period mentioned in item 1.
6. Every public department has a method of monitoring performance as to how effective they are. Therefore, I would like to have sight of any summary/assessment/reports/minutes of meetings, as to the success of your ""Casualty Prevention Unit"" for the last three years for this particular stretch of the A64."

Disclosure: No information held


Disclosure Date: 04/11/21

Request: The total cost of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s office in 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20, and 2020-21.

The total remuneration bill in 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20, and 2020-21. Remuneration should be taken to mean pay, pension contributions, bonuses and any other benefits in kind. Please itemize all of these separately.

The total remuneration paid to the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner in 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20, and 2020-21.

Disclosure: Response


Disclosure Date: 25/10/21

Request: "Can I ask for the last two years (2019 and 2020) how many reported rapes there have been? How many of those reported led to a conviction?

Can I ask for the total time which police interviewed the victims/alleged victims of the these crimes during this period and the total time which police interviewed suspects/perpetrators?

If the total time of interviews is not possible to obtain, can I ask for the length of ten police interviews of alleged rape victims' interviews? Can I ask then for the length of ten police interviews of rape suspects? "

Disclosure: No information held


Disclosure Date: 11/10/21

Request: "Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please provide me with full details of staffing changes within the OPCC since the election in May.

Please include:

1. Number of staff hired, including job titles and salaries

2. Number of staff made redundant or who have resigned or retired, including severance payments"

Disclosure: Response


Disclosure Date: 20/09/21

Request: Please confirm the deputy pcc and mayors stautory duties with regards to malfeasance of chief constable and chief inspectors of west yorkshire police

Please confirm what actions can be taken against these officers refusing to act on cases of malfeasance

Please confirm what prosecution powers does the pcc have over west yorkshire police.

Disclosure: You can access the Statutary Duties of the Mayor here: https://www.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/policing-and-crime/ 

Please find the attached Enquiries & Complaints Procedure


Disclosure Date: 17/09/21

Request: There is a statutory requirement for the police to have the personal details of any complainant before any alleged crime is investigated, unless that crime is reported through the ""CrimeStoppers"" service. Can you please direct me to the legislation which sets out this requirement? You can treat this question as a Freedom of Information request.

Disclosure: No information held


Disclosure Date: 16/09/21

Request: 1. In what ways has your police force tried to still engage with the public despite the pandemic?

2. What are your opinions on the use of technology to report crimes?

3. Do you believe the police should wider their use of technology? For example, taking statements online or by phone?

4. Has your police force used technology to interact more with the public during the pandemic? If so, how?

5. With restrictions and more police powers, how do you believe the public’s confidence has changed during the pandemic?

6. What lessons do you believe policing can learn from the past year?

Disclosure: No information held


Disclosure Date: 24/08/21

Request: Are able to supply any information relating to recent statistics regarding the prevalence of violence against women and girls in the Kirklees district; specifically those taking place in public areas. Do you have any information collected on this matter and could you provide a breakdown in terms of numbers, types of offences and place of occurrence (generally)?

Disclosure: No information held


Disclosure Date: 05/08/21

Request: Please could I have copies of any Police Crime Commissioner (PCC) reports AND/OR Tactical Assessments produced relating to your force’s use of mobile phone data extraction technology between 01/01/2019 and the present day (15/06/2021).

Disclosure: No information held


Disclosure Date: 05/08/21

Request: Provide me with all recorded information by email. Recorded information includes printed documents, computer files, letters, emails, photographs, and recordings from Jan 2017 to the present day between West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioners Office and the company Interserve Group Limited Company number 11830440 or any of its subsidiaries, such as REALISE/INTERSERVE LEARNING AND EMPLOYMENT LIMITED Company number 07703720. This includes INTERSERVE PLC Company number 00088456.

Disclosure: No information held


Disclosure Date: 25/06/21

Request: Share all the emails, letters and text/social media messages sent between the Deputy PCC and PCC for West Yorkshire, between 01/01/19 and 01/03/20, which related to the storage device containing indecent images of children which belonged to ex-Lord Mayor of Leeds Neil Taggart.

Disclosure: Response


Disclosure Date: 03/06/21

Request: "According to bidstats, a contract award notice worth £1.5m was published by the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire on 17 May. The contract, which has been awarded to Clarkes Environmental, was to ""remove asbestos from sites on a call off basis based on a basket of rates."" Can you please give me the name, address and type of establishment for each of these ""sites"". Can you share the data/reports with me that alerted you to the asbestos which you thought necessary to submit a contract to remove. Can you quantify the ""basket of rates"" mentioned in the above quote and tell me the amount/level of asbestos you found in each site."

Disclosure: No information held