Compensation Paid (4015_19)

Request

  1. How much money has been paid out in compensation police have broken doors and locks during a raid on a house in the last three years / What is the cost of repair work after police have broken doors and locks during a raid on a house in the last three years?

 

  1. How many households have received compensation or repair work paid for by the police to fix doors broken in raids by officers during the last three years?

 

3a. How many applications have been made for police funded repairs or compensation after officers have damaged doors during a raid in the last three years?

 

3b. How many of these applications have been successful in the last three years?

 

Please provide the information for the last three years by year (2016, 2017 and 2018)

Response

Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information within the appropriate (cost) limit within the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act (see ‘Reason for Decision’ below).

 

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, in accordance with Section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act.  If you would like to look into refining your request please contact me.

 

REASON FOR DECISION

 

The small claims system does not include a comprehensive reporting tool. Small claims are not recorded by type of incident, i.e. they are not recorded by “broken door”, “broken lock”. Therefore the only way to identify these claims is to manually search every claim during the three year period.

 

There are 526 claims within the period specified. The contents of each claim will have to be read to, a) determine if the claim relates to that specified in the request, b) to determine if a compensation was paid and c) record the amount paid.

 

Please note that researching each individual case would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12).

 

The cost of compliance with the whole of 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(1) of the FOI 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.

 

 

Further information on section 12 of FOI is available here:

 

https://www.app.college.police.uk/app-content/information-management/freedom-of-information/#fees-and-charges

 

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