Drugs in Schools (631_15)

Request

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I seek the following information relating to the calendar years: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014:

 

  1. The number of drug offences recorded at education establishments for each year listed above.

 

  1. Please provide a breakdown of these offences by type of education establishment: primary school, secondary school, nursery or any other types (Please breakdown these as well if possible).

 

  1. A breakdown of the offences by the class of drug involved, and if possible the type of drug.

 

  1. The outcome of each offence (charge, caution, community resolution, warning etc).

 

  1. The age of the youngest child arrested, detained, cautioned or recorded as committing an offence for drugs at schools and details of their offence.

 

If this request will exceed the cost limit in its current form please notify me immediately, rather than after 20 working days, or carry out the request for as many years as would fall within the cost limit.

 

I would like to receive this information electronically, preferably as a data set, eg. in Excel, NOT as a PDF.

 

If some parts of this request are easier to answer than others, I would ask that you release the available data as soon as possible.

 

If you need any clarification then please do not hesitate to contact me. Under Section 16 it is your duty to provide advice and assistance and so

I would expect you to contact me if you find this request unmanageable in any way.

 

I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request and I look forward to hearing from you within the 20-working day statutory time period.

 

Response

Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide a breakdown of the type of establishment and age of child without researching each individual school address which 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.

 

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 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.

 

  1. The number of drug offences recorded at education establishments for each year listed above.
Date Recorded Year Total
2011 35
2012 29
2013 39
2014 40
Grand Total 143

 

 

  1. Please provide a breakdown of these offences by type of education establishment: primary school, secondary school, nursery or any other types (Please breakdown these as well if possible).

 

This would exceed the appropriate costs limit under section 12 of the Freedom of information Act 2000.

 

  1. A breakdown of the offences by the class of drug involved, and if possible the type of drug.
Offence 2011 2012 2013 2014 Grand Total
POSSESS CONTROL DRUG-CLASS A-COCAINE 1 3 4
POSSESS CONTROL DRUG-CLASS A-CRACK 1 1
POSSESS CONTROL DRUG-CLASS A-ECSTASY 2 2
POSSESS CONTROL DRUG-CLASS B-AMPHETAMINE 1 1
POSSESS CONTROL DRUG-CLASS B-CANNABIS 31 24 33 34 122
POSSESS DRUG W/I SUPPLY-CLASS A-COCAINE 1 1
POSSESS DRUG W/I SUPPLY-CLASS B-CANNABIS 2 4 1 7
PRODUCE CONTROLLED DRUG-CLASS B-CANNABIS 1 1
SUPPLY CONTROLLED DRUG-CLASS B-CANNABIS 3 1 4
Grand Total 35 29 39 40 143

 

 

  1. The outcome of each offence (charge, caution, community resolution, warning etc).

 

See attached

 

  1. The age of the youngest child arrested, detained, cautioned or recorded as committing an offence for drugs at schools and details of their offence.

 

This would exceed the appropriate costs limit under section 12 of the Freedom of information Act 2000.

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