Cuckooing (11400_18)

Request

  1. How do you collect data on the number of suspected or proven incidents of cuckooing in your area? Do you use markers or only collect when a crime is reported or prosecuted? When did you begin collecting this information?

 

  1. How many incidents of ‘cuckooing’ in your force area have you recorded in 2018, 2017, 2016?

 

  1. What are the `cuckooing’ related offences people can be arrested for? I understand a number of orders can be made including Property Closures , Full or partial Criminal Behaviour Orders, Exclude the Offender Injunctions and Community Protection Notices.

 

  1. Have you worked with any housing association or local authority to issue Closure Orders, or Injunction orders, or criminal behaviour orders related to ‘cuckooing’?

 

If these questions fail to get an answer with any data, would it be possible for you to search the term `cuckooing’ to see how many drug offences are related to the issue?

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

Please note that researching each individual case would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12 (1)). There is no Cuckooing marker on our system and would potentially be classed as another crime if discovered.  We utilise many civil powers to address gang activity, but again don’t record that data in terms of cuckooing.

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 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.

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