Diplomatic Status Arrests (3919_16)

Request

The number of diplomats and relatives with diplomatic status arrested by West Midlands Police in 2014, 2015, and 2016 so far. Please specify what each person was arrested for, and what country they represented.

Below is a mocked-up example of what I am looking for:

2014

Oman:
Assault – 2
Robbery – 1

France:
Robbery – 1
Drink driving – 3

2015

Sweden:
ABH – 1

South Africa:
Drunk and disorderly – 1
Sexual assault – 2

If it is not possible to provide the information requested due to the information exceeding the cost of compliance limits identified in Section 12, please provide advice and assistance, under your Section 16 obligations, as to how I can refine my request to be included in the scope of the Act.

In any case, if you can identify ways that my request could be refined please provide further advice and assistance to indicate this.

Response

Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information. West Midlands Police have no specific markers to identify people with diplomatic immunity, therefore we would need to undertake a manual search of all custody records to locate this 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.

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