1) The amounts of cash seized for the last 5 years, provided from our central database
2) The amounts of cash seized in each year which have had to be returned to those from whom they were seized
Please find attached our response. Attachment 1 provides the amounts of cash seized as recorded on our central database and attachment 2 provides the amount of cash detained that was subsequently not the subject of cash forfeiture and returned
Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.
The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used
In addition to the attached, West Midlands Police can neither confirm nor deny that it holds any other information with regard to an exempt body as the duty in Section 1(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not apply by virtue of the following exemption:
Section 23(5) Information Supplied by, or concerning, certain Security Bodies
Section 23 and is a class based absolute exemption and there is no requirement to consider the public interest in this case.