The Independent Police Complaints Commission is in breach of the FOI law
It is a dangerous State when the police start to think of themselves as above the law. This is happening in the UK. It’s not uniform, of course, and we still have many vocational officers who serve the public that pays them; as well as many whose uniform would be better depicted as brownshirt. But attitudes flow from the top down, and that’s where things have to change. You already know what I think of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO): ACPO: a Gentleman’s Club that has to go.
Now I am saddened to see that the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has been breaking the law. Ironic, isn’t it. The organization there to police the police needs to be policed: the Information Commissioner’s Office has been forced to issue an enforcement notice:
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has taken enforcement action against the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). The ICO’s enforcement notice, published today, indicates that 69 freedom of information requests were not resolved within the necessary legal timeframe. The action will help ensure requests for information are resolved within the appropriate timescales in future.
It’s not a seriously illegal illegality: but it’s just a further indication that bureaucracy in the UK believes it is above the people and not subject to the people of the UK: we make sure you obey the law; we don’t have to.