FOI helps the Police police themselves
South Yorkshire Police is prosecuting South Yorkshire Police because South Yorkshire Police can't tell South Yorkshire Police which South Yorkshire Police officer was driving a speeding vehicle being used by South Yorkshire Police.
This follows BBC reporter Martin Shankleman's determined use of freedom of information in pursuit of cases where Police vehicles are caught speeding by speed cameras, but no driver is prosecuted - because the Police can't establish which one of their officers was doing the driving at the time. His revelations of such cases have featured on Newsnight, firstly in September and then again last night.
Last night South Yorkshire's Chief Constable Meredydd Hughes told Newsnight that 'since Mr Shankleman brought this matter to my attention, we've reiterated the rules, issued national guidance, brought the disciplinary mattes to the attention of the officers concerned and for the first time prosecuted ourselves.'
So in other words BBC reporter uses freedom of information to find out and tell Chief Constable what's going on within his own organisation.
Chief Constable Hughes is the traffic safety spokesman for the Association of Chief Police Officers. This is the list of instances where his force was unable to identify the Police officer driving a speeding vehicle.
The case against South Yorkshire Police will be heard at Rotherham Magistrates Court on 28 December.