Firearms Incidents (4391_13)

Request

Could you provide information on the number of firearms incidents handled by West Midlands Police from April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2012 and from April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013, with particular reference to the four Black Country boroughs of Walsall, Sandwell, Wolverhampton and Dudley.

And could you provide details of continuing efforts to tackle gun crime in the force area and what particular incidents have resulted in perpetrators being brought to justice before the courts, listing examples.

Response

Please find attached (4391_attachment_01.pdf).

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.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

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