Disclosure Details

Roof Codes - 339/12

Dated: 31 Jul 2015

Date of request:   04/04/2012

Date of response:   24/04/2012

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated 4 April  2012 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

"I am a very interested citizen in your Police force and have a big list of some of your current and past cars and vans.  But i am missing a few from my list which is really getting me annoyed haha!

Anyways could i have the roof codes BEFORE they became pool cars for the following..

Ford Transits - 
V259 ECN 
NK54 FZE (These are all Public Order Vans) 
These roof codes would be a 'P' Followed by two numbers, instead of the 'W' roof codes which pool cars carried. 
Also could i have.. 
NK03 HXP - Ford focus - IRV 
NK03 SZF - ford focus - IRV 
NK51 WWU - Ford Transit - CCTV 
NK55 BTU - Ford Transit - Dog Section.- This will be 'D' followed by two numbers. 
NL02 VKS - Ford Transit - Dog Section. - This will be 'D' followed by two numbers. 
May i stress could i PLEASE have these roof codes BEFORE they became pool cars with a 'W' roof code."

In response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Fleet Management Department of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held in part by Northumbria Police.

I have today decided to disclose the located information to you in as follows.

The codes given below are the codes that are in use now, or the code that applied at the time of withdrawal.  Our records only show the current roof code, so historic codes/changes aren't recorded, hence I can only supply the current code or code at date of withdrawal.

NA52 AHL W12
NA52 AMO P31
NA52 AJX W14
NA52 AJY W63
NA52 AKZ W54
NK04 VHY P45
NK03 HYF P32
V259 ECN W39
NK56 FDJ P22
NK04 RAZ We have no record of such a vehicle
NK54 FZE W40
NK03 HXP W36
NK03 SZF U26
NK55 BTU D39
NL02 VKS D26

Please note that Northumbria Police have recently received a number of requests on this subject. Whilst it is not at first apparent that these requestors are acting in concert, it is noted that they have all come in via the same web-site over a short period of time.

Whilst it is the duty to provide advice and assistance where possible, a public authority is not obliged to respond to requests that can be classed as repetitive or vexatious in nature as explained in section 14 of the Act:-

Section 14 (1) does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the request is vexatious.

Section 14 (2) Where a public authority has previously complied with a request for information which was made by any person, it is not obliged to comply with a subsequent identical or substantially similar request from that person unless a reasonable interval has elapsed between compliance with the previous request and the making of the current request. It is not in the spirit of the Act to use it as a method to repetitively interrogate police systems for updated data.

I must advise you that further requests on this subject either from you or from other parties believed to be acting as part of a group are likely to fall into this category and the exemption in section 14 of the Act is likely to be engaged.

You may be interested to know that Northumbria Police routinely publish information that has been disclosed by Northumbria Police in response to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 via the Disclosure Log.  The aim of the Disclosure Log is to promote openness and transparency by voluntarily placing information into the public arena.

Whilst it is not possible to publish all responses we will endeavour to publish those where we feel that the information disclosed is in the public interest.  The Disclosure Log will be updated once responses have been sent to the requester.  I have provided the relevant link below:-


The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.

How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us underour complaints procedure which can be found at:http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act. 


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