Freedom of information request reference no: 01.FOI.19.011630

I note you seek access to the following information:

Can you tell me what equipment a standard IRV police car will carry and is this different to what equipment an area car will carry.

Additionally, do officers carry and individual equipment that is mandatory e.g personal Hi vis Gear.

Can you provide photos of this equipment.

Decision

I have today decided to disclose some of the requested information. Some data has been withheld as it is exempt from disclosure and therefore this response serves as a Refusal Notice under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act).

Reasons for decision

You have asked for information in relation to the equipment carried in both an IRV vehicle and an area car. It is believed that if the full range of equipment was disclosed then this could reveal our capabilities and therefore compromise our operational effectiveness.

Some of the information you have requested is therefore exempt under Sec 31 (1)(a)(b) of the Act.

Section 31(1)(a)(b) - Law Enforcement

Section 31 relates to information that, if disclosed, would be likely to prejudice our ability to prevent or detect crime, or apprehend and prosecute those responsible for it. You have requested information that relates to details of the equipment carried in police vehicles which could reveal our capabilities and compromise our operational effectiveness, therefore, section 31 is engaged in relation to the disclosure of specific equipment carried in these vehicles.

Disclosure of the exempt information would be likely to put enough detail into the public domain to allow an individual with criminal intent to break into a police vehicle to obtain objects that are being carried in said vehicle. Therefore compromising the effectiveness of the officers using the vehicle should they be called to attend an incident.

Our priority is the safety and protection of officers in accordance with our statutory duties and with protecting members of the public.

I have determined that the disclosure of the above information would not be in the public interest. I consider that the benefit that would result from the information being disclosed does not outweigh the considerations favouring non-disclosure.

Disclosure 

Firstly, I can confirm that we do not hold stock photos in relation to equipment carried.

Please see below the information that we can disclose.

IRV
Life Hammer
1kg fire extinguisher
First Aid bag
Acid Kit
Major Incident box
Defibrillator (optional)
Throw line (optional)
Area Car (fast road equipped)
Life Hammer
1kg fire extinguisher
First Aid bag
Acid Kit
Major Incident box
Defibrillator (optional)
Throw line (optional)
3kg fire extinguisher
Sequential blue lights
Broom
Shovel
Road cones
Rolled signs
Sign stands
With regards to officers carrying mandatory equipment, this will vary depending to the officer’s role.