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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Race Relations 2

Subject: FOIA: Reject – S21 Accessible by other means
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2015 11:43:54 +0100

Dear Mr Lynch

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2015060001060

I write in connection with your request for information which was received by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 13/06/2015. I note you seek access to the following information:

· 1. The Metropolitan Police Race Relations Policy.
2. The latest Metropolitan Police report on how the Race Relations Policy has been performing to date.
3. Details of how the Metropolitan Police manages and monitors Race Relations.
Following receipt of your request searches were conducted within the MPS to locate information relevant to your request. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by the MPS.


To locate the information relevant to your request searches were conducted at the Directorate of Business Change and Diversity


The searches located records relevant to your request.


Pursuant to the provisions of Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) I have decided to provide access to the information you have requested.


The MPS does not have a Race Relations Policy, race is included within the MPS Equality Policy. Please see the link below to the External Webpage for the published document:

The MPS does not produce a Race Relations report, but race as a protected characteristic is monitored through various means (including community engagement events/recruitment/monitoring data/Staff Support Association meetings/Race IAG etc). Please see the MOPAC Webpage link below for further information and performance data:


Your attention is drawn to the attached sheet which details your right of complaint.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in the MPS.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please write quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Audeeba Ali
Quality and Assurance Advisor

Section 17 of the Act provides:

(1) A public authority which, in relation to any request for information, is to any extent relying on a claim that any provision in part II relating to the duty to confirm or deny is relevant to the request or on a claim that information is exempt information must, within the time for complying with section 1(1), give the applicant a notice which-

(a) states the fact,
(b) specifies the exemption in question, and
(c) states (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption applies.

Section 21 of the Act provides:

(1) Information which is reasonably accessible to the application otherwise than under section 1 is exempt information…

(3) For the purposes of subsection (1), information which is held by a public authority and does not fall within subsection (2)(b) is not to be regarded as reasonably accessible to the applicant merely because the information is available from the public authority itself on request, unless the information is made available in accordance with the authority’s publication scheme and any payment required is specified in, or determined in accordance with, the scheme.


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