Firearms Crimes (4769_15)

Request

1)In 2014 how many crimes recorded involved a firearm? Not including air rifles

2)How many crimes recorded this year so far (2015) have involved a firearm? Not including air rifles.

3)In 2014, how many murders involved a firearm?

4)How many murders this year (2015) in the West Midlands have involved a firearm?

5)In 2014, how many illegal firearms were confiscated by West Midlands police? With a break down of type of gun.

6)How many illegal firearms have been confiscated so far this year (2015) by West Midlands Police? With a break down of type of gun.

Response

Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information for question 5 and 6.

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..

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.

In relation to this information, every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data

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