Force Management Statement (12580/19)

Request

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please send me a full copy of your Force Management Statement for 2019.

Response

Please accept our apologies for the delay in responding in addition to the extension of time allowed for considering exemptions.

 Please be advised that your request has been considered and I am not obliged to supply all the information you have requested.

Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 requires West Midlands Police, when refusing to provide such information (because the information is exempt) to provide you the applicant with a notice which:   (a) states that fact, (b) specifies the exemption in question and (c) states (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption applies.

Some of the information you have requested is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and this has been redacted.  The exemptions applicable in this case are as follows:

Section 31 (1) (a)(b) (Law enforcement)

Section 40 (2) Personal Information

Section 24 (1) National Security

Section 23 (1) Information Relating to Security Bodies

These exemptions and explanatory notes are shown here:

https://www.app.college.police.uk/app-content/information-management/freedom-of-information/#freedom-of-information-exemptions

Section 23(1) is an absolute class-based exemption and therefore there is no requirement to conduct a harm or public interest test

Section 40(2) is an absolute and class based exemption and therefore there is no requirement to conduct a harm or public interest test

Sections 24, and 31 are prejudice based qualified exemptions and there is a requirement to articulate the harm that would be caused in confirming or not that the information is held as well as carrying out a public interest test.

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

 In addition, please be advised that some of the information is dynamic therefore some of the figures quoted may have changed since the document was drafted for example the information in relation to the below sections has changed, and the updated information is as follows:

2a

The workforce data. These have already changed and reduced to 871 FTE since April, this is only ever a snapshot and a moment in time for abstractions and vacancy numbers

11G is now as follows:

Cadets

Initiated in 2017 and based on the National Voluntary Police Cadets (VPC) model, the focus of the scheme is to promote a practical understanding of policing amongst all young people; to encourage the spirit of adventure and good citizenship; to support local policing priorities through volunteering and give young people a chance to be heard and to inspire young people to participate positively in their communities.

There are 157 cadets engaged with the scheme and WMP now have eight Cadet Units open (previously 5) ensuring coverage for every NPU, with the clear ambition of having 10 units and increasing the number of cadet to 500 by March 2020.

Current status of the workforce and other assets

Volunteers

There are approximately 472 volunteers within WMP, ranging from formal roles such as Specials through to puppy walkers, volunteer chaplains, forensics and museum volunteers.

 The CiP team’s focus will be to support departments to increase the number of volunteers in line with the force’s ambitions. The CiP team aim to provide volunteers with CPD opportunities to develop the skills they need and to increase their utilisation and integration across the force. A volunteer vison and strategy focusing on recruitment recognition and retention is being developed and progress will be monitored through the

 The information has been provided as a scanned copy as this was the format required to prevent redactions being removed.

Attachments

FMS 2018-19PUBLIC_INTEREST_TEST_S24 PUBLIC_INTEREST_TEST_SYSTEMS_S31_ PUBLIC_INTEREST_TEST_OFFICER_S31

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