Freedom of Information Log - April 2021 - March 2022

Please find below all Freedom of Information Act 2000 requests received by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire and the related responses. We are required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (The Act) to handle all requests in a manner that is blind to the identity of the requestor. Any information released in response to a request is regarded as being published and therefore, in the public domain without caveat.

April 2021 – March 2022

Reference No.

Date Received

Date of Response due

Date of Response sent

Freedom of Information Request details

Response to Freedom of Information Request

Open/ Closed

2021/000095

07/04/2021

05/05/2021

12/04/2021

Freedom of Information request into Out of Court Disposals Scrutiny Panels

Whether there is a scrutiny panel in existence in your area, and whether this is active

And if there is an active scrutiny panel in your area:

– Who attends the panel on a regular basis

– What the outcomes of the panel are, and how they are shared with the police and public.

We are required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (The Act) to handle all requests in a manner that is blind to the identity of the requestor.  Any information released in response to a request is regarded as being published and therefore, in the public domain without caveat.

With reference to your recent enquiry and in response to your question, Bedfordshire’s Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) does not have an active Out of Court Disposal Scrutiny Panel. However, the OPCC has contacted Bedfordshire Police and they have confirmed that they are currently looking to implement such a panel in the near future.

Closed

2021/000096

08/04/2021

07/05/2021

08/04/2021

Freedom of Information request regarding reported offences and solved crime rate throughout the previous 5 years in relation to Domestic Abuse, Domestic Burglary, Hate Crime, Robbery Personal, Robbery Commercial as well as rates of answer for 999/101 calls and other means of communication.

Information sourced from Beds Police Force and sent to requestor.

OPCC completed request in full – response too large to input into spreadsheet. Please contact PCC@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk if you require the full response which can be provided.

Closed

2021/000110

20/04/2021

19/05/2021

21/04/2021

Please could you let me know what the working shift pattern is for Police Constable of say 5 years’ service is. Do they work as an example, 12 hour shifts for 4 rolling days a week, then have 4 days off.

Thank you for your message, however the information that you require is not held by this office and should be requested from Bedfordshire Police at: foi@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk.

Closed

2021/000118

28/04/2021

27/05/2021

29/04/2021

What the force’s budget is this year? The outgoing PCC alludes to £2m of savings needing to be made, so I want to put that in context.

Another candidate talks about the force needing an extra 200-300 officers. Can you tell me the current number of officers, and maybe non-uniformed staff?

And could I have a figure for the number of officers you had say 5 or 10 years ago, for contrast?

Thank you for your email. I have contacted the Force who have informed me that they have provided you with a response to your information request.

Closed

2021/000132

21/05/2021

21/06/2021

21/05/2021

For the last financial year:

1)    Total revenue/income for Beds Police

2)    Amount of this from a) local precept and b) national funding formula c) other including one off grants

 

The 20/21 Budget was comprised of the following:

·         Budget – £120.485M

Funded by:

·         Police Grant – (£68.887M)

·         Council Tax Subsidy Grant – (£4.637M)

·         Precept – (£46.216M)

·         C Tax Collection Fund Surplus – (£0.745M)

This budget above didn’t include any one off grants (there are two ongoing grants however included that that we need to keep an eye on in future years to ensure they do continue, these being the Pension Grant and Uplift Grant).

During the year we have received one-off grants for Boson £2.9M, Costello £2.1M, Covid related grants £2.541M

Our overall outturn will show an underspend of £2.773M, which in the main relates to the granting of three late specific one-off grants for Costello (£2.1M) and Covid grants (£0.687M).

The budget for 21/22 is as follows:

·         Budget – £127.430M

Funded by:

·         Police Grant – (£73.229M)

·         Council Tax Subsidy Grant – (£4.637M)

·         Precept – (£49.211M)

·         Collection Fund Deficit – £0.490M

·         Tax Base Collection Fund – (£0.843M)

As above no one-off grants in this budget (but still need to keep an eye on the two grants mentioned above).

 

Closed

2021/000139

25/05/2021

23/06/2021

27/05/2021

Please could I request under the Freedom of Information Act a summary of the qualitative and quantitative research you have undertaken (surveys, focus groups, depth interviews) that have focused on public or victim perceptions of policing generally or your force specifically, covering 2019 and 2020 calendar years. Ideally, I would like to see the outputs of the research, but if that is not possible then a simple summary of what research has been undertaken would suffice.

 

We are required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (The Act) to handle all requests in a manner that is blind to the identity of the requestor.  Any information released in response to a request is regarded as being published and therefore, in the public domain without caveat.

With reference to your recent enquiry and in response to your question, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire recently completed a Victim Needs Analysis. Victims of crime and those affected by crimes impacts are a fundamental focus within policing and for the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC). Every OPCC must be a champion for victims as per their statutory obligations.

In order to further fulfil this commitment a Victim Needs Analysis (VNA) was carried out to help understand the needs and issues for individuals and communities across Bedfordshire. It has been five years since the last VNA was published in 2016. Given the duty to commission victim services that provide victims with the best support, it is absolutely vital that the OPCC has a well-rounded understanding of victims’ needs and the issues that they face locally in comparison to the national context, and any key changes since the last VNA was released.

I have attached a copy of the finalised Victim Needs Analysis document for your information and further information around this piece of work can be found on our website – https://www.bedfordshire.pcc.police.uk/support-for-victims/

Closed

2021/000141

25/05/2021

23/06/2021

25/05/2021

Can the OPCC tell me the policy of Bedfordshire Police with regard to the riding of electric scooters in public places and the number of prosecutions for doing so that have taken place in the last twelve months.

Thank you for your email, however the information that you require is not held by this office and should be requested from Bedfordshire Police at: foi@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk

 

Closed

2021/000155

02/06/2021

30/06/2021

10/06/2021

Do PCC staff have access to police systems (e.g Connect)?

When obtaining information do you ask specific questions of the police, have a data dump of the material in question, or free access?

What level of access do you currently have?

What protocols/guidance do you have between PCC and the force for using the software and the subsequent handling of data?

Where and how is data accessed? E.g. police building or from your own accommodation and is this from stand-alone machines or your laptop?

We are required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (The Act) to handle all requests in a manner that is blind to the identity of the requestor.  Any information released in response to a request is regarded as being published and therefore, in the public domain without caveat.

With reference to your recent enquiry and in response to your above questions, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire does not have access to the Athena or CONNECT system that is used by Bedfordshire Police.

Closed

2021/000195

18/06/2021

16/07/2021

28/06/2021

Could you please provide the following information:

·         Who is your Commissioning Manager in your PCC office and what are their contact details?

·         Who is your Restorative Justice commissioned provider and what are their contact details?

If you need any further information regarding my request, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

We are required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (The Act) to handle all requests in a manner that is blind to the identity of the requestor.  Any information released in response to a request is regarded as being published and therefore, in the public domain without caveat.

With reference to your recent enquiry and in response to your question,

  • Who is your Commissioning Manager in your PCC office and what are their contact details?

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) for Bedfordshire does not have a Commissioning Manager, however the OPCC does have a Commissioning Officer, Antonina Belcheva. Antonina is contactable via email at Antonina.Belcheva@beds.police.uk.

  • Who is your Restorative Justice commissioned provider and what are their contact details?

The Signpost Service manage a caseload for the Restorative Justice process, please visit their website for further information – https://www.signpostforbedfordshire.com/  

Simon Powell (Head of Victim Care) is the contact for Signpost. He is contactable via email at Simon.Powell2@beds.police.uk.

Closed

2021/000192

18/06/2021

16/07/2021

28/06/2021

Congratulations on your recent election. Could you please advise me how much of the £423K available through your Safer Streets Fund has been allocated to Neighbourhood Watch. They are an invaluable addition to the regular police force and merit your support.

Thank you for the below email and for your congratulations to PCC Akinbusoye. I have been informed that none of the Safer Streets Fund has been allocated to Neighbourhood Watch.

Closed

2021/000242

13/07/2021

10/08/2021

16/07/2021

Can you please provide the following information?

ATT10TIVE Social Enterprise

1. Can you please confirm the legal status of the above organisation, as it does not appear on the Companies Register or register of charities?

2. In 2020 – 21 the PCC funding log for this organisation states “£0 ( funded via other avenue)”, can you please confirm whether the OPCC or Force funded this organisation and if so the amount?

Signpost

3. Can you please clarify how much funding has been allocated to Signpost for 2021-22 as the Funding log only states TBC?

We are required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (The Act) to handle all requests in a manner that is blind to the identity of the requestor.  Any information released in response to a request is regarded as being published and therefore, in the public domain without caveat.

With reference to your recent enquiry and in response to your question,

ATT10TIVE Social Enterprise

1.         Can you please confirm the legal status of the above organisation, as it does not appear on the Companies Register or register of charities?

ATT10TIVE Social Enterprise is an unincorporated association.

2.         In 2020 – 21 the PCC funding log for this organisation states “£0 (funded via other avenue)”, can you please confirm whether the OPCC or Force funded this organisation and if so the amount?

In 2020-21, ATT10TIVE were funded £5800 which was for videos and BYC (Bedford Youth Council). The information on the website states £0 which is correct in regards to the project, as the project was carried forward. The project ran from 2019-21 but funds were paid in 2019-20.

Signpost

3.         Can you please clarify how much funding has been allocated to Signpost for 2021-22 as the Funding log only states TBC?

£585,000 has been allocated to Signpost for 2021-22.

 

Closed

2021/000272

30/07/2021

27/08/2021

30/07/2021

What is the total establishment of police officers in your force?

In terms of police officers, what percentage of your force is (BAME) men/women?

What is your percentage split on male/female officers + staff?

What is your percentage split on ethnic diversity in your force?

What is your percentage split of diversity among women?

What is your percentage split of diversity among men?

How many police officers are the force intending to recruit in the next 3 years (2021,22,23)?

Please provide any evidence of positive action initiatives that your force may currently have in place.

Has your force made any commitment to recruiting certain numbers from BAME communities?

Thank you for your email, however the information that you require is not held by this office and should be requested from Bedfordshire Police at: foi@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk

Closed

2021/000279

31/07/2021

27/08/2021

02/08/2021

I would like to make a freedom of information request to know how many riders of e-scooters have been stopped by the police in Bedford and whether they have been warned, fined or had their scooters confiscated.  

Thank you for your email, however the information that you require is not held by this office and should be requested from Bedfordshire Police at: foi@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk

Closed

2021/000294

30/07/2021

27/08/2021

09/08/2021

1. Can you please provide a copy of this decision with the person’s name redacted?

2. Can you please provide or direct me to the PCC/OPCC funding process/procedure?

3. Where is the log of funding allocated by VERU since it started?

4. How much is VERU costing to run its 11-member team and other costs?

5. Where are the independent objectives and verifiable measures of any success?

We are required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (The Act) to handle all requests in a manner that is blind to the identity of the requestor. Any information released in response to a request is regarded as being published and therefore, in the public domain without caveat.

With reference to your recent enquiry and in response to your questions, we can confirm the following:

Attachments were sent to requestor within FOI response – please contact PCC@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk if you would like to receive a copy of the documents.

1. We have attached the decision paper PCC.D.004, however all third party information has been redacted. ICO Guidance states, if the requested information is the personal data of an individual other than the requestor, the OPCC should consider whether disclosing it would contravene the UK GDPR data protection principles. Information should not be disclosed if it would contravene any of the principles. Processing and releasing the third party information is unlawful (or unfair) and disclosure would contravene GDPR principles. When information has been redacted you will see a black line.

2. The process is formally logged in a decision paper each year and these have been sent to you within this email.

3. VERU is managed by Bedfordshire Police, the OPCC does not hold this information and request must be made to foi@Bedfordshire.pnn.Police.uk

4. VERU is managed by Bedfordshire Police, the OPCC does not hold this information and request must be made to foi@Bedfordshire.pnn.Police.uk

5. VERU is managed by Bedfordshire Police, the OPCC does not hold this information and request must be made to foi@Bedfordshire.pnn.Police.uk

 

Closed

2021/000299

12/08/2021

09/09/2021

13/08/2021

Did the OPCC/PCC apply for funding from to the £11.3m for domestic abuse intervention programmes (the 25 winning bids were announced yesterday)?

We are required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (The Act) to handle all requests in a manner that is blind to the identity of the requestor.  Any information released in response to a request is regarded as being published and therefore, in the public domain without caveat.

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) for Bedfordshire bid into the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) fund. There was a fund of £2.8 million for Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence services, of which the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire won £115,800 as well as an additional fund of £1.3 million for Male Rape services of which the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire won £49,631.

The total amount won by Bedfordshire Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner was £165,431.

 

Closed

2021/000300

13/08/2021

10/09/2021

18/08/2021

  • Are you planning face to face physical meetings for public surgeries in the future and if so, approx. how many a year?
  • Are you planning online public surgeries with video teams call and if so, approx. how many a year?
  • Are you planning surgeries with booked appointment times where a member of the public can have direct 1on1 telephone call with the PCC, and if so, approx. how many a year?
  • Are you planning Live events (online or in physical face to face) with the public as a Q&A session, and if so, approx. how many a year?
  • Do you have any other tried and tested methods that have worked especially well?

 

We are required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (The Act) to handle all requests in a manner that is blind to the identity of the requestor.  Any information released in response to a request is regarded as being published and therefore, in the public domain without caveat.

With reference to your recent enquiry and in response to your question, I have received the following responses from the Community Engagement Officer at Bedfordshire OPCC.

  • Are you planning face to face physical meetings for public surgeries in the future and if so, approx. how many a year?

Yes – 10

  • Are you planning online public surgeries with video teams call and if so, approx. how many a year?

Yes – 15

  • Are you planning surgeries with booked appointment times where a member of the public can have direct 1on1 telephone call with the PCC, and if so, approx. how many a year?

Not this year, maybe next year.

  • Are you planning Live events (online or in physical face to face) with the public as a Q&A session, and if so, approx. how many a year?

Yes – 3

  • Do you have any other tried and tested methods that have worked especially well?

Bedfordshire OPCC do not have any other tried and tested methods.

Closed

2021/000304

18/08/2021

15/09/2021

24/08/2021

I would like to obtain any information you can provide me about the consultation you done online on your website for the Police and Crime Plan.

We are required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (The Act) to handle all requests in a manner that is blind to the identity of the requestor.  Any information released in response to a request is regarded as being published and therefore, in the public domain without caveat.

Attachments were sent to requestor within FOI response – please contact PCC@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk if you would like to receive a copy of the documents.

With reference to your recent enquiry and in response to your question, attached are the results of the responses to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Plan Public Consultation, completed and published via SurveyMonkey. I have also attached the Communications and Engagement Schedule for the Public Consultation Survey.

We hope this information proves useful. Please come back to us if you require further assistance on this matter.

Closed

2021/000326

03/09/2021

01/10/2021

03/09/2021

I am conducting research for my master’s degree around policing during the pandemic, specifically around the police’s use of technology during this time. The aim of this research is to understand how the pandemic affected policing in the UK, by researching the police’s use of digital technology and the public’s opinion on the police during this time.

I was hoping, if possible, to get your thoughts on the subject. I thought the best way to reach out and ask would be through a Freedom of Information request. Below are 6 questions on the subject:

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?

Thank you for your email, however the information that you require is not held by this office and should be requested from Bedfordshire Police at: foi@Bedfordshire.pnn.Police.uk

Closed

2021/000339

07/09/2021

05/10/2021

08/09/2021

According to your records, please could you provide stats from 12 August 2020 to 12 August 2021 to the following within the age group 12 – 17 years:

How many children were recorded as runaway/ disappeared?

How many were girls?

How many were boys?

What is the break down on ethnicity for both groups?

How many of these children were reported as missing to Missing People the country’s National Database?

How many children have been found by Bedfordshire Missing People during this period?

Forwarded to Bedfordshire Police Freedom of Information department (already copied into the FOI request).

Closed

2021/000349

17/09/2021

15/10/2021

17/09/2021

Wonder if you would be good enough to provide the ICO/ DPA Registration number.

The one we had on file Z3369495 isn’t showing as active.

 

On 1 April 2019 an exemption from the requirement to pay a fee to the ICO to register a data controller’s details for an elected member was introduced. A police and crime commissioner would not be required to pay a fee to remain registered with the ICO, if they were only processing personal data in connection with the functions of their role. A prospective representative who is seeking to become an elected representative would also be able to be covered by this exemption if they are only processing personal data that would be covered by the exemption.

Bedfordshire office of the Police and Crime Commissioner falls under this exemption. Organisations only appear on the public register if you pay the fee. The ICO do not keep a register of organisations that are exempt.

Closed

2021/000353

21/09/2021

19/10/2021

22/09/2021

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

Please respond within 20 working days.

 

We are required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (The Act) to handle all requests in a manner that is blind to the identity of the requestor. Any information released in response to a request is regarded as being published and therefore, in the public domain without caveat.

With reference to your recent enquiry and in response to your question,

1. The OPCC have employed two members of staff since May 2021 which filled vacant posts.

•           Personal Assistant for the PCC and Chief Executive

•           Project Manager for Policing and Contact

Information regarding staff including salary banding for Bedfordshire OPCC can be found on our website – https://www.bedfordshire.pcc.police.uk/meet-the-team/  

2. There have been three members of staff who have resigned and no members of staff have been made redundant, retired or received severance payments since May 2021.

Closed

2021/000363

01/10/2021

29/10/2021

04/10/2021

1, How many people are living in the area described as Leighton Buzzard and Rural area at present.

2, Do you have any estimates of the increase of people in this area on completion of the larger housing developments currently being worked on in the Leighton Buzzard and Rural area?

3, How many people live in the Dunstable and Rural area?

4, Do you have any projected population figures for the future of this area also?

Thank you for your email, however the information that you require is not held by this office and should be requested from Central Bedfordshire Council at Information Governance | Central Bedfordshire Council

 

Closed

2021/000377

13/10/2021

10/11/2021

13/10/2021

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?

Thank you for your email, however the information that you require is not held by this office and should be requested from Bedfordshire Police at: foi@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk

 

Closed

2021/000384

19/10/2021

16/11/2021

19/10/2021

Telephony and UC/ Collaboration

Please confirm the manufacturer of your telephony system(s) that are currently in place

When was the installation date of your telephony equipment?

When is your contract renewal date?

Who maintains your telephony system(s)?

Please confirm the value of the initial project

Please confirm the total ongoing annual spend on telephony

Please confirm the annual support cost for your telephony system

Do you use Unified Communications or Collaboration tools, if so which ones?

Contact Centre

Please confirm the manufacturer of your contact centre system(s) that are currently in place?

When was the installation date of your contact centre infrastructure?

When is your contract renewal date?

Who maintains your contact centre system(s)?

Please confirm value of the initial project?

Please confirm the value of annual support/maintenance services (in £)? And overall annual spend for the contact centre

How many contact centre agents do you have?

Do agents work from home? Or just your offices?

CRM 

Do you use a CRM platform within your organisation?  

What CRM platform is used (e.g. Microsoft Dynamics, salesforce, Firmstep/ Granicus)? 

Do you use a CRM in the contact centre? 

What platform is used (e.g. Microsoft Dynamics, salesforce, Firmstep/ Granicus)?

Do you use a knowledge base / knowledge management platform? What platform is used?

Connectivity and Network Services

Who provides your WAN and internet connectivity and the annual spend on each

Have you , or do you plan to deploy SD Wan services

Have you got SIP trunks, if so who from and confirm annual spend

Please confirm who provides your LAN, WIFI and Security infrastructure

Please confirm your annual spend on each

Please confirm your data centre switching and security infrastructure and have you deployed cloud based security and threat management

Organisation

How many employees do you have overall within your organisation?

Can you provide contact details for your procurement lead / category manager for these services?

Can you provide names and contact details for the following people within your organisation?

• CIO / IT Director

• Head of IT

• Head of Digital Transformation

• Head of Customer services

Telephony and UC/ Collaboration

This information is not held by this office and should be requested from Bedfordshire Police Force at: foi@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk

Contact Centre

This information is not held by this office and should be requested from Bedfordshire Police Force at: foi@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk

CRM

This information is not held by this office and should be requested from Bedfordshire Police Force at: foi@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk

Connectivity and Network Services

This information is not held by this office and should be requested from Bedfordshire Police Force at: foi@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk

Organisation

How many employees do you have overall within your organisation?

Bedfordshire Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner have 13 employees.

Can you provide contact details for your procurement lead / category manager for these services?

Bedfordshire Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner does not have a Procurement Lead and or Category Manager.

Can you provide names and contact details for the following people within your organisation?

• CIO / IT Director

Bedfordshire Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner does not have a CIO/IT Director.

• Head of IT

Bedfordshire Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner does not have a Head of IT.

• Head of Digital Transformation

Bedfordshire Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner does not have a Head of Digital Transformation.

• Head of Customer services

Bedfordshire Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner does not have a Head of Customer Services.

We have a dedicated page on our website regarding staff facts and figures within the office – https://www.bedfordshire.pcc.police.uk/meet-the-team/

 

Closed – Force and OPCC

2021/000388

15/10/2021

12/11/2021

20/10/2021

1. What plans for the Force to get accredited in digital forensics as mandated by the Forensic Science Regulator. information available here on the specifics: Cell phone and computer quality standards ISO/17025

2. What are the current backlogs in examinations for digital devices

3. Please supply performance data on the Force’s record for meeting Service Level Agreements on examination of digital devices. Please confirm which crimes require immediate, medium and standard SLAs and number of days for each category.

 

 

Thank you for your request however please be advised that our office does not hold the information that you have requested. I have forwarded your request for information to Bedfordshire Police Force freedom of information department who are contactable at foi@Bedfordshire.pnn.Police.uk

 

Closed

2021/000422

10/11/2021

08/12/2021

10/11/2021

I am writing in regard to a number of crimes reported to the police in the past month that do not appear to have been recorded.

I would like to make a Freedom of Information Request regarding crime reporting, and ask how many calls are taken by the 999 service that are not logged as crimes.

 

Thank you for your email, however the information that you require is not held by this office and should be requested from Bedfordshire Police at: foi@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk

 

Closed

2021/000445

22/11/2021

20/12/2021

22/11/2021

  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? 

 

We are required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (The Act) to handle all requests in a manner that is blind to the identity of the requestor.  Any information released in response to a request is regarded as being published and therefore, in the public domain without caveat.

With reference to your recent enquiry and in response to your question,

  1. Is heritage crime an issue in your county?  

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire does not hold this information. Please request this from Bedfordshire Police Force Freedom of Information department at foi@Bedfordshire.pnn.Police.uk

  1. Is heritage crime an important issue for your county? 

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire does not hold this information. Please request this from Bedfordshire Police Force Freedom of Information department at foi@Bedfordshire.pnn.Police.uk

  1. What are the levels of recorded heritage crime in your county over the last 5 years?  

 The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire does not hold this information. Please request this from Bedfordshire Police Force Freedom of Information department at foi@Bedfordshire.pnn.Police.uk

  1. What categories of heritage crime have been recorded in your county over the last 5 years?   

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire does not hold this information. Please request this from Bedfordshire Police Force Freedom of Information department at foi@Bedfordshire.pnn.Police.uk

  1. Is heritage crime considered as a priority for the Police & Crime Commissioner e.g. is it included in your Police and Crime Plan 

Heritage crime is not mentioned within the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan for Bedfordshire.

  1. Does your service partake in and/or encourage partnership working with outside bodies with regards to heritage crime working, for example Historic England?  

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire does not hold this information. Please request this from Bedfordshire Police Force Freedom of Information department at foi@Bedfordshire.pnn.Police.uk

  1. Are situational crime prevention techniques used by the service you are responsible for preventing heritage crimes? 

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire does not hold this information. Please request this from Bedfordshire Police Force Freedom of Information department at foi@Bedfordshire.pnn.Police.uk

We hope this information proves useful. Please come back to us if you require further assistance on this matter.

 

 

 

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2021/000446

22/11/2021

20/12/2021

22/11/2021

I am contacting you regarding policing infrastructure in Bedford in this appeal for information. In particular, I am seeking information under three main themes, as below.

  1. What is the baseline position?
    1. What is the current provision of policing infrastructure?
    2. What is the current demand for policing infrastructure?
    3. Are there any gaps between supply and demand of policing infrastructure?
  1. Forward look
    1. What will demand to 2040 be, based on planned housing and economic growth?
    2. What are the policing infrastructure requirements to 2040 taking into account projected additional population and economic growth?
    3. What are the planned projects to support growth?
    4. Are there any potential demand/supply gaps?
    5. Are there any constraints to growth (i.e. provision dependent on development), especially pre-2030?
  1. Costs, funding and delivery
    1. What are the anticipated policing infrastructure costs to 2040?
    2. What funding/planned investment is expected (including status, e.g. committed)?
    3. Are there any funding gaps anticipated?
    4. What are the delivery mechanisms and roles involved?

 

Thank you for your email, however the information that you require is not held by this office and should be requested from Bedfordshire Police at: foi@Bedfordshire.pnn.Police.uk

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2021/000448

12/11/2021

10/12/2021

02/12/2021

The total cost of OPCCs in each year from 2016/17 to 2021/22, the total remuneration bill over each period and a particular ask on numeration with respect to Deputy Police and Crime Commissioners.

 

We are required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (The Act) to handle all requests in a manner that is blind to the identity of the requestor.  Any information released in response to a request is regarded as being published and therefore, in the public domain without caveat.

With reference to your recent enquiry and in response to your question, due to a change of Finance system the detail requested for 16/17 is unavailable but certain information can be obtained from the 2016/17 Statement of Accounts for the PCC. The total amounts are shown for each year requested.

Cost of the OPCC administration (this excludes community safety grants issued to partners and voluntary sector and excludes the Victim Services Grant expenditure)

•       2017/18 – £0.763M

•       2018/19 – £0.809M

•       2019/20 – £0.812M

•       2020/21 – £0.771M

Cost of Salary bill for same period including on-costs (i.e. National Insurance and Employers pension contributions) are as follows:

•       2017/18 – £0.587M

•       2018/19 – £0.635M

•       2019/20 – £0.542M

•       2020/21 – £0.535M

A Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner was not appointed for the full period for which information has been requested but when a DPCC was in place it was on a pure voluntary basis, so no remuneration.

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2021/000460

29/11/2021

29/12/2021

07/12/2021

1. Do you have information relating to the Community Trigger on your website?

2. Does this information include any statistics pertaining to the community trigger?

3. If yes to question 2, what statistics are detailed and is this for all the local authority areas you cover?

4. In making and revising the review procedures, the relevant bodies in a local government area must consult the local policing body for the relevant police area. Please could you advise when these reviews last occurred in all of your local authority areas?

5. Are you involved in the Community Trigger appeals process in any of your local authority areas? If so, can you explain the extent of your involvement? and the grounds on which someone can make an appeal?

 

Thank you for your request however the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire does not hold the information you have requested. This must be requested from Bedfordshire Police Force who can be contacted via email at foi@Bedfordshire.pnn.Police.uk

 

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2021/000463

30/11/2021

30/12/2021

01/12/2021

I briefly tuned into the Delivery and Beating Crime Meeting 25/11/2021

Can I please have the data set the officer referring to when he speaks about increase in positive outcomes for stop search and decrease in disproportionality? 12:00

We are required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (The Act) to handle all requests in a manner that is blind to the identity of the requestor.  Any information released in response to a request is regarded as being published and therefore, in the public domain without caveat.

With reference to your recent enquiry and in response to your question, the information that you have requested is available via the Police.uk website using the following link https://www.police.uk/pu/your-area/bedfordshire-police/performance/stop-and-search/

We hope this information proves useful. Please come back to us if you require further assistance on this matter.

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2021/000464

02/12/2021

04/01/2022

06/12/2021

I wish to make a FOI request for data on:

Total number of Police complaint reviews by Office of Bedfordshire PCC from 1/2/2020 to 19/11/2021

Total number of police complaints upheld by Office of Bedfordshire PCC from 1/2/2020 to 19/11/2021

 

We are required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (The Act) to handle all requests in a manner that is blind to the identity of the requestor.  Any information released in response to a request is regarded as being published and therefore, in the public domain without caveat.

With reference to your recent enquiry and in response to your question, the information that you have requested is available on our website using the following link – https://www.bedfordshire.pcc.police.uk/complaints-handling/ under heading ‘Reviews Information’.

We hope this information proves useful. Please come back to us if you require further assistance on this matter.

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2021/000487

20/12/2021

20/01/2022

21/12/2021

I therefore require your budgets and staff numbers over the last 12 years.

Thank you for your email to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) for Bedfordshire. The information that you require regarding budget and staff numbers from the previous 12 years within Bedfordshire Police Force is not held by this office and should be requested from Bedfordshire Police at: foi@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk

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2021/000494

24/12/2021

26/01/2022

29/12/2021

I’m writing to you to make a request under the freedom of information act relating to 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? 

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? 

 

Thank you for your email, however the information that you require is not held by this office and should be requested from Bedfordshire Police at: foi@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk

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2021/000500

30/12/2021

28/01/2022

25/01/2022

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.

We are required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (The Act) to handle all requests in a manner that is blind to the identity of the requestor.  Any information released in response to a request is regarded as being published and therefore, in the public domain without caveat.

With reference to your recent enquiry and in response to your question,

Response:

  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).

Bedfordshire Police Force have at this point in time not entered into a S22 agreement with the FCN.

  1. 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.

N/A – see answer to Q1

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

N/A – see answer to Q1

  1. 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?

Yes – Bedfordshire Police Force have agreed that the next round of forensic procurement will be delivered through this route.

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

N/A – see answer to Q4

We hope this information proves useful. Please come back to us if you require further assistance on this matter.

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2022/000001

04/01/2022

01/02/2022

04/01/2022

Please can you provide me with details (locations and dates) where Bedfordshire Police have deployed mobile speed camera equipment in each of the past 3 years (2019 – 2021 inclusive), and the locations (dates not required for obvious reasons) where such equipment s planned to be deployed during the forthcoming year (2022).

 

Thank you for your email, however the information that you require is not held by this office and should be requested from Bedfordshire Police at: foi@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk

 

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2022/000007

05/01/2022

02/02/2022

06/01/2022

Breakdown of statistics on the number and dates of police attendance to Rutland Road. It would also be helpful to know the number of reports to the Police about antisocial behaviour on Rutland Road in the last 12 months.

The information that you require is not held by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and should be requested from Bedfordshire Police Force at: foi@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk

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2022/000028

18/01/2022

15/02/2022

18/01/2022

The Elected Local Policing Bodies (Specified Information Order 2011) places a duty on

Police & Crime Commissioners to publish a Register of Gifts and Hospitality (Part 1 Clause 2(e) of the Schedule). 

Clause 1(d) of the Schedule also requires the publication of allowances paid to each relevant office holder in respect of expenses incurred by the office holder in the exercise of the body’s functions; this information is to be published quarterly.

Please explain why the current PCC has failed to publish:

a) his Register of Gifts and Hospitality;

b) quarterly reports on his expenses; and

b) the date on when the information in a) and b) will be available on the following webpages:

https://www.bedfordshire.pcc.police.uk/lists-registers/  

https://www.bedfordshire.pcc.police.uk/meet-the-team/

We are required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (The Act) to handle all requests in a manner that is blind to the identity of the requestor.  Any information released in response to a request is regarded as being published and therefore, in the public domain without caveat.

With reference to your recent enquiry and in response to your question,

Response:

A) The Bedfordshire PCC’s Register of Gifts and Hospitality is located on the expenses page of the website which was last updated in December 2021 – https://www.bedfordshire.pcc.police.uk/expenses/

B) The Bedfordshire PCC’s expenses log is located on the expenses page of the website which was last updated in December 2021 – https://www.bedfordshire.pcc.police.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/PCC-Expenses-Claims-15.12.21.pdf

This information is updated quarterly and will be next updated in March 2022.

We hope this information proves useful. Please come back to us if you require further assistance on this matter.

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2022/000031

19/01/2022

16/02/2022

26/01/2022

I was wondering if you could let me know the figures for the last 10 years for money received by Bedfordshire Police through the Asset Recovery Incentivisation Scheme (ARIS) from operations conducted in the area.

 

We are required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (The Act) to handle all requests in a manner that is blind to the identity of the requestor.  Any information released in response to a request is regarded as being published and therefore, in the public domain without caveat.

With reference to your recent enquiry and in response to your question,

Response:

Please see below table for a breakdown of funds received by Bedfordshire Police Force through the Asset Recovery Incentivisation Scheme (ARIS). Unfortunately, we are only able to retrieve data from the previous 5 years. The current year (2021-22) is £82,000 at the half year stage, previous years as follows.

Year

Funds Received

2020-21

£112,000

2019-20

£223,200

2018-19

£188,000

2017-18

£230,900

2016-17

£221,400

 

We hope this information proves useful. Please come back to us if you require further assistance on this matter.

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2022/000032

19/01/2022

16/02/2022

20/01/2022

Please provide the following information, which I have divided into three separate requests:

Mobile Fingerprint Scanners

1. The number of Mobile Fingerprint Scanners owned by your force in each year from 2015 to 2021 (inclusive).

2. The number of times Mobile Fingerprint Scanners were used by officers in your force in each year from 2015 to 2021.

3. The number of people who were scanned using mobile fingerprint scanners in each year from 2015 to 2021 (inclusive). If you record the data, please break this down by age, gender and ethnicity.

4. Please list the databases against which your Mobile Fingerprint Scanners check for matches and (if you hold the data) the number of matches against each database recorded in each year from 2015 to 2021 (inclusive).

Knife Arches

1. The number of (i) Knife Arches and (ii) Knife Wands owned by your force in each year from 2015 to 2021 (inclusive).

2. The number of times Knife Arches were used by officers in your force in each year from 2015 to 2021.

3. The number of people who were scanned using (i) Knife Arches and (ii) Knife Wands in each year from 2015 to 2021 (inclusive). If you record the data, please break this down by age, gender and ethnicity.

4. The number of offensive weapons discovered through the use of (i) Knife Arches and (ii) Knife Wands in each year from 2015 to 2021 (inclusive)

Mobile Phone Data Extraction

1. The number of Mobile Phone Data Extraction devices owned by your force in each year from 2015 to 2021 (inclusive).

2. The number of times Mobile Phone Data Extraction devices were used by officers in your force in each year from 2015 to 2021.

3. The number of people whose phones were subject to Mobile Phone Data Extraction devices in each year from 2015 to 2021 (inclusive). If you record the data, please break this down by age, gender and ethnicity.

 

Thank you for your email, however the information that you require is not held by this office and should be requested from Bedfordshire Police at: foi@beds.police.uk

 

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2022/000041

24/01/2022

21/02/2022

24/01/2022

Could I have the current vacancies numbers for Bedfordshire Police in PSPO and Community Policing throughout the Borough.

 

The OPCC publish an information document which is produced by Bedfordshire Police Force for the Delivery and Beating Crime Board and is available to view on our website – https://www.bedfordshire.pcc.police.uk/holding-force-to-account/  

The most recently produced document is from December 2021 and it includes officer numbers and community policing numbers specifically for Bedfordshire Police Force on pages 9, 10 and 11.

The website link to the December 2021 document is – https://www.bedfordshire.pcc.police.uk/wp-contet/uploads/2022/01/Information-document-for-Publication-December.pdf. This page is updated on a monthly basis to include up to date figures from Bedfordshire Police Force.

If you would like further information on vacancy numbers for Police Officers, please make contact with the Freedom of Information team at FOI@beds.police.uk

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PCC/Feb/2022/03

02/02/2022

02/03/2022

11/02/2022

Is it possible to give information concerning which were the successful bids under the Roads Fund part 2 (autumn launch) 2021/2022.

 

The Roads Fund Part 2 decision log which includes information regarding which applicants were successful is now available on the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner website using the following link: https://www.bedfordshire.pcc.police.uk/download/pcc-d-035-pdf/?wpdmdl=9113&refresh=6206903b662c91644597307

Please do contact us if you have any further enquiries.

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PCC/Feb/2022/06

03/02/2022

03/03/2022

28/02/2022

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

 

We are required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (The Act) to handle all requests in a manner that is blind to the identity of the requestor.  Any information released in response to a request is regarded as being published and therefore, in the public domain without caveat.

With reference to your recent enquiry and in response to your question,

As of 28th February 2022, for information regarding how many members of staff are employed at the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire, please visit our website – https://www.bedfordshire.pcc.police.uk/meet-the-team/

Please see below for the number of employees who visited the main office on the dates you have requested.

a. Monday 6th September 2021 – 9 employees of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner visited the office on the specified date.

b. Monday 13th December 2021 – 7 employees of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner visited the office on the specified date.

c. Monday 24th January 2022 – 1 employee of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner visited the office on the specified date.

For further information about the staff employed at the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire, please visit our website – https://www.bedfordshire.pcc.police.uk/meet-the-team/

We hope this information proves useful. Please come back to us if you require further assistance on this matter.

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PCC/Feb/2022/08

04/02/2022

04/03/2022

04/02/2022

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.

Thank you for your email, however the information you require is not held by this office. Please contact Bedfordshire Police Force at: foi@beds.police.uk

 

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PCC/Feb/2022/09

04/02/2022

04/03/2022

07/02/2022

Please could you answer the below questions for the following calendar years: 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021. 

1) How many complaints or conduct matters (please distinguish between the two) against your Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) were recorded by your crime panel over the requested period?

Please can you break down Q1 into: the date (DD/MM/YYYY) the complaint or conduct matter was first recorded, the nature of the complaint or conduct matter, the name of the PCC that the complaint or conduct matter was directed at, the outcome/local resolution of the complaint (ones not referred to the IOPC for further investigation).

2) How many complaints or conduct matters against your PCC were deemed serious enough to transfer to the IOPC?

Please break down this question into the nature of the complaint or conduct matter, the name of the PCC it related to and the length of time in days it took for your panel to refer the allegation(s) to the IOPC from the day it was first brought to your attention. 

3) Please tell me how many complaints or conduct matters were ‘referred’ back to the panel, stating why it was referred back and what resolution you subsequently agreed as a panel to deal with the misconduct allegation internally. 

Thank you for your email. I have been advised that the Police and Crime Panel will be responding to your request, as they have the duty to record and respond to complaints against the Police and Crime Commissioner.

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PCC/Feb/2022/40

08/02/2022

08/03/2022

08/02/2022

This is an information request relating to the seizure of dogs under the provisions of the Dangerous Dogs Act (1991).

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

Thank you for your email, however the information you require is not held by this office. Please contact Bedfordshire Police Force for this information at: foi@beds.police.uk

 

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PCC/Feb/2022/47

14/02/2022

14/03/2022

15/02/2022

This is a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I would like to request the following information:

  • A copy of this police force’s protocol for exchanging information about a service users mental health condition with NHS trusts and the CPS.
  • Is there a specific protocol for the forces triage scheme? If so, a copy or outline of this.

Moreover:

  • An outline of, or document describing what training is given to officers surrounding data protection laws? 
  • How is information about a person’s mental health condition stored by this force, what is the protocol surrounding this and for how long can it be retained?

Thank you for your email, however the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner does not hold the information that you have requested. This information can be requested from Bedfordshire Police Force at FOI@beds.police.uk

 

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PCC/Mar/2022/37

15/03/2022

12/04/2022

17/03/2022

From police recorded data, I can see that the force recorded the following offence:

Intentional destruction of a viable unborn child:

– 2018/19: 1

For this recorded crime, could you please tell me if the suspect was the pregnant woman or a third party performing an act against a pregnant woman.

Thank you for your request, however the information that you require is not held by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire. Please contact Bedfordshire Police Force Freedom of Information department at FOI@beds.police.uk to request for this information.

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PCC/Mar/2022/43

22/03/2022

20/04/2022

22/03/2022

I wish to request, under the Freedom of Information Act (2000), the following from your Constabulary, Commissioner, or Panel:

1)    a copy of the Constabulary’s policy or procedure for the verification of the legitimate possession and use of prescribed medical cannabis/cannabis-based prescription medicine (CBPM);

2)    if the Constabulary does not have a local policy regarding this, could you please confirm that the Home Office guidance is adhered to by the Constabulary – namely that someone claiming the legitimate possession and use of medical cannabis will be expected to produce: the original medication container complete with the pharmacy dispensing label bearing the name of the patient; with either a copy of their FP10 prescription or a letter from the prescribing clinician; and a form of recognised photo ID (such as a passport, driving licence, or a PASS accredited photocard) bearing the same name as displayed on the dispensing label and the copy of the FP10 or clinician’s letter;

3)    if your Constabulary does not have a policy relating to this, could you please provide the Constabulary’s policy regarding compliance with the PSED (Public Sector Equality Duty), especially with regards to the avoidance of discrimination against disabled people for the legitimate possession and use of a prescribed medication;

4)    4) a copy of any internal briefing documents provided to police officers regarding the existence of – and the process for the verification of – prescribed medical cannabis flower or other CBPM’s following the Home Office Circular 2018: ‘Rescheduling of cannabis-based products for medicinal use in humans’ and The Misuse of Drugs (Amendments) (Cannabis and Licence Fees) (England, Wales and Scotland) Regulations 2018 which allowed the prescribing of medical cannabis (CBPM);

5)    the named lead for the Constabulary for matters pertaining to the verification of medical cannabis (CBPM);

6)     the Constabulary’s policy or position relating to the recognition of unaccredited card schemes such as Cancard or MedCannID, if such a policy exists.

The above information will be invaluable to patients in receipt of medical cannabis and will ensure a wider understanding and subsequent compliance with the expectations of your Constabulary. It is clearly in the public interest to ensure that medical cannabis patients are aware of local policies and procedures and can comply accordingly, so that finite police resources are not spent on the avoidable and potentially unlawful arrest of patients in receipt of legitimately prescribed medical cannabis medication (CBPM’s).

Thank you for your request to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire, however the information that you require is not held by this office. Please contact Bedfordshire Police Force at FOI@beds.police.uk to request for this information.

 

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PCC/Mar/2022/53

25/03/2022

25/04/2022

29/03/2022

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please provide the following information.:

The lawful authorisation to commandeer/annex public areas of Bedford Police Station for the exclusive use of parking of private vehicles owned by police officers, thus prohibiting public access.

Whether HMRC have been notified and or updated of this ‘Benefit in Kind, which as I am sure you are aware is taxable.

Is wear and tare associated with the use of this portion of the property as a private car park funded by the public.

We are required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (The Act) to handle all requests in a manner that is blind to the identity of the requestor.  Any information released in response to a request is regarded as being published and therefore, in the public domain without caveat.

Whilst the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is responsible for the Estate, the parking arrangements are managed by Bedfordshire Police Force. However, I have contacted Bedfordshire Police Force and they have confirmed that the building and site remains under the ownership of the PCC and, whilst we are seeking planning permission to dispose of the site, the car parking remains available to whoever chooses to park there on a first come first serve basis.

We hope this information proves useful. Please come back to us if you require further assistance on this matter.

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PCC/Mar/2022/55

29/03/2022

27/04/2022

01/04/2022

Can you please share the latest contract end date of Yousha Ltd.

 

Thank you for your request to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire.

We are required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (The Act) to handle all requests in a manner that is blind to the identity of the requestor.  Any information released in response to a request is regarded as being published and therefore, in the public domain without caveat.

With reference to your recent enquiry and in response to your question, we have been provided with the following information from Bedfordshire Police Force:

“Following enquiries within the Procurement Department of the Force please see our response below:

The contract term has expired, and the services will either be formally extended via a single tender action, in order to carry out a formal procurement process, or an alternative contract available to the force will be used.”

We hope this information proves useful. Please come back to us if you require further assistance on this matter.

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