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2016 PEEL Police Legitimacy Report

Question

Under the Freedom of Information Act I would like to ask for information on the activity your force has undertaken related to ethical and lawful behaviour, as regards the 2016 PEEL Police Legitimacy report.

I am looking for data on activity undertaken between November 1st 2016 and April 7th 2017 (inclusive).

If possible, could you share the following: -

1• Does your force have a plan to ensure it has the capability and capacity required to seek intelligence on potential abuse of authority by officers?

2• Has this plan been put into effect?

3• Does this plan include monitoring IT systems actively to ensure they are not being accessed or used for unethical purposes?

4• Does any monitoring use technology to assist with the process and make it easier to identify and act upon potential abuses?

5• (If possible) How much has been invested in these plans and the associated resources and technology?

6• (If possible) How many potential cases of application/system misuse by personnel have you detected since January 1 2017 (NOTE: these could include false alarms or incidents where no abuse of power was found to take place)

7• (If possible) How many potential cases of application/system misuse by personnel did you detect in 2016? I would be very grateful for any information you could provide. I appreciate there might not be the resources to answer all of these questions – in which case if you could answer any possible (starting with the first and working down), that would be fantastic.”

What we are looking for are incidents of computer misuse, i.e. the number of cases where people have been found to be accessing data that they should not have been able to access.

Answer

1. The force has 6 strategic corruption priorities behind each sits a plan tackling Prevention, Intelligence, Enforcement, and Engagement.

2. All the plans have been put into effect and are continuous.

3. The plan does include monitoring IT Systems to ensure that they are not being accessed or used for unethical purposes.

4. We do use technology to assist with the process and make it easier to identify and act upon potential abuses.

5. The implementation of the plans form part of the daily business of the Professional Standards Unit and therefore quantifying the specific resource investment is not possible.

6. From 1st January 2017 to 11th April 2017 we investigated 20 potential cases of application/system misuse. These include false alarms or incidents where no abuse of power was found to have taken place. Note: for the word “detect” we have interpreted it as investigated where a potential incident has been identified.

7. From 1st January 2016 to 31st December 2016 we investigated 55 potential cases of application/system misuse. These include false alarms or incidents where no abuse of power was found to taken place. Note: for the word “detect” we have interpreted it as investigated where a potential incident has been identified.

FOI reference: 499/17.

Date of request: 10.04.17.