Firearms Officers (6257/19)

Request

Please could you supply the following information in relation to armed officers?

By armed officers, I refer to all officers authorised to use firearms, including operationally deployed armed officers and those training others in the use of firearms.

1. How many armed police officers did you have on 31 March 2014 (or nearest available date)?
2. Of those referred to in question 1, how many were female?
3. How many armed police officers did you have on 31 March 2019 (or nearest available date)?
4. Of those referred to in question 3, how many were female?

Response

Under section 21 of the Act, we are not required to provide information in response to a request if it is already reasonably accessible to you. The information you requested in relation to question 1 is available on the following website:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/police-use-of-firearms-statistics-england-and-wales-financial-year-ending-31-march-2014-data-tables

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/police-use-of-firearms-statistics-england-and-wales-april-2017-to-march-2018

Under section 22 of the Act, we are not required to provide information in response to a request if it is already scheduled to be released into the public domain. The information you requested for question 3 is due to be made available on the following website:

https://www.gov.uk/

REASON FOR DECISION

The information is exempt by virtue of the Section 22 (1) (Information intended for future publication)

This exemption and explanatory notes is shown here:

https://www.app.college.police.uk/app-content/information-management/freedom-of-information/#foia-section-22-information-intended-for-future-publication

In line with the above, I am required to complete a Prejudice Test/Public Interest Test (PIT) on disclosure.

While release of this information may enhance public knowledge of this area, to respond to this request at this time would require the information to be retrieved and collated, and would involve a disproportionate use of resources. In. addition uncoordinated release of this information, especially without proper consultation with those involved is likely to cause mental anguish to the people involved and their families AND/OR before the data are properly verified could result in the release of misleading data.

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