15 May 2015 – 1052.2014-15 – Freedom of information request – civil claim in respect of harassment
Re – ongoing civil claim in respect of harassment
My key question and that for many residents is how a figure of £400k for work entailed by the Police Authority re any harassment has been arrived at.
Extent and Result of Searches to Locate Information
To locate the information relevant to your request searches were conducted within the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire and I can confirm that the information you have requested is held.
As it is already in the public domain that this civil case is ongoing, I am able to provide you with the information requested.
Breakdown of Costs
The Police Authority was abolished in November 2012. The cost breakdown provided was prepared by Joint Corporate Legal Services, on behalf of the Police and Crime Commissioner (who replaced The Police Authority) and North Yorkshire Police.
As at 16 March 2015 the cost breakdown was as outlined below, but you should note an important caveat. The figure was arrived at following a manual estimate by the departments involved. This is the best estimate of costs that can be provided, and is the recorded information held in answer to your query.
- Police officer time from December 2011 to September 2014; 94.6 months – £386,347
- Legal services work from October 2010 to June 2014; 243.1 hours – £7,424.73
- Civil disclosure work from September 2011 to October 2014; 352 hours – £5,181.44
- Related complaints matters; 82 hours – £1,708.88
- Chief Officer time; 259.08 – £9,308.85
In relation to this matter, you should note that both the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, and North Yorkshire Police considered the situation very carefully before making the decision to initiate civil proceedings.
Dealing with the actions of those involved in the civil case has tied up police resources to a significant extent, and it seemed reasonable to expect that further time and expense would be incurred if no action were taken.
The civil action is therefore an attempt to bring this situation to an end, in the best interest of the public purse.