The complainant requested a copy of a Crime Reduction Report from Humberside Police (“HP”). HP initially advised the complainant that it was exempt from disclosure under section 22 (information intended for future publication) of the FOIA. Following internal review it advised her that it was exempt from disclosure under section 21 (information reasonably accessible by other means) of the FOIA.
During the Commissioner’s investigation it became apparent that HP had directed the complainant to the wrong report. It subsequently provided the correct Crime Reduction Report to the complainant, with some redactions which were not contested. The complainant remained dissatisfied with the handling of her request and the timeliness of the response.
The Commissioner’s decision is that HP breached section 10(1) of the FOIA by failing to provide the requested information within the statutory time limit. No steps are required.
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