Drug Arrests (4520_14)

Request

– The number of Under-18s arrested on drug offences within your jurisdiction per year, for each of the past four years (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013). If not all data is available for 2013 please clarify the date range of the figures given. For each year, please also specify the number of these arrests that resulted in convictions. 
-Please could you categorize the above data by age, specifying how many arrests and convictions were made per year for each exact age. Please could you also specify how many arrests and convictions per year concerned to offences involving Class A drugs. 
– The total number of arrests for drug offences (across all age ranges) within your jurisdiction per year, for each of the past four years (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013). If data for 2013 is incomplete, please clarify again. Please specify the number of convictions per year arising from these arrests (across all age groups), and the number of arrests and convictions concerning Class A drug offences.

Response

The cost of providing all of the requested information, and therefore compliance with your request, is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond. Although excess cost removes the force’s obligations under the Freedom of Information Act, as a gesture of goodwill I have supplied information, relative to your request, retrieved before it was realised that the fees limit would be exceeded (see attached file 4520/14). I trust this is helpful, but it does not affect our legal right to rely on the fees regulations for the remainder of the request.

We are unable to provide conviction data as this will mean a manual search of all of those charges with drug offences.  Therefore, such a search would exceed the appropriate limit. This means that 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. In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a refusal notice.

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.

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