Drink Spiking (13106/19)

Request

Please may I have:

  • The number of incidents where an individual has telephoned the police advising them that they believed the drink to have been spiked.
  • The gender of the alleged victim.
  • The outcomes of those calls -if possible.

Broken down by calendar year from 2009 please.

I just wanted to check whether you hold info that would indicate when police are responding to a call in which someone claims their drink has been spiked?

Response

Please find enclosed our response.

 

Please be advised that the information that you have requested is not available in a readily retrievable format. There are 2500 logs where spike/ spiked is mentioned , to review each log to see if this was relevant to your request would take 2500 x 1 min = 2,500 mins / 60 mins,  this would total 41.6 hours to complete . We are also unable to provide Gender of the caller, to do this would take 2500 x 1 min = 2,500 mins / 60 mins this would total 41.6 hours to complete.

 

This means to complete the whole of your request would take 83.2 hours in total.

 

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.

 

Therefore the cost of providing you with the information is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information exceeds the ‘appropriate level’ as stated in the Freedom of Information (Fees and Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004.

 

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a Refusal Notice for this part of the request and if one part of a request exceeds the fees limit then S12 of the Act applies to the whole request

 

However, In accordance with Section 16 of the Act I have a duty to provide advice and assistance in relation to your request and have provided the total of calls received from 2016 – July 2019 by final classification. This should not be taken as a precedent that additional information would be supplied outside of the time/fees legislation for any subsequent requests

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