We are currently working on a research project related to the Community Remedy (Part 6 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act, 2014) and would like to submit the following freedom of information request. We are conscious of issues around the costs to your organisation of gathering and supplying information to researchers, and so we would appreciate it if you could provide us with information in relation to Q1 and Q2 as a priority, and then latterly with information in relation to Q3, Q4, and Q5 costs permitting:
Q1. Has your police force used the Community Remedy?
Q2. How many times was the Community Remedy used between 20 October 2014 and 20 April 2017?
Q3. How many times was a reparative action chosen by the victim?
Q4. How many times was a punitive action chosen by the victim?
Q5. How many times was a rehabilitative action chosen by the victim?
Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information. The Community Remedy options are incorporated into the Community Resolution paperwork so that the four main options of the Community Remedy are laid out to help guide choice.
Unfortunately, to respond to the request would entail gathering all the Community Resolution forms for the requested time period and conduct a manual search in order to locate and retrieve the requested information.
Please note that researching each individual case would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12 (1)).
Therefore, the cost of compliance with your request is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond, i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information would exceed the appropriate costs limit under section 12 of the Freedom of information Act 2000. For West Midlands Police, the appropriate limit is set at £450, as prescribed by the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004, S.I. 3244.
A public authority which, in relation to any request for information, is relying on a claim that section 12 or section 14 applies must, within the time for complying with Section 1(1), give the applicant a notice stating that fact. In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a refusal notice.
I am unable to suggest any practical way in which your request may be modified in order to satisfy your query or bring it within the 18 hours stipulated by the Regulations. I am however willing to consider any refinements that you are able to make to your request.