Please disclose the details of all EU arrest warrants requested/issued by your force during the following periods:
1. the whole of 2015
2. 2016 up until the present date
3. the financial year 2014-15 (i.e. Apr 2014 – Mar 2015 inclusive)
4. the financial year 2015-16
Note: I am aware that some of these periods overlap but this is intended and is not an error
Please include the nationality of the offender, the offence for which the warrant was issued, as well as the type of domestic warrant (needed to facilitate the EU warrant) that was issued.
Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information. We would need to conduct a manual search in order to locate and extract 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.