Could you please tell me how many gang injunctions have been issued for the following years:
Unfortunately our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information. This is because there is no central department or database that collates this information. Therefore in order to establish the number of injunctions served each year, would require searches of multiple systems and files for each recognised gang nominal/individual across all recorded gangs between the dates requested. Such a search 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 email acts as a refusal notice.
Due to the reason outlined above, 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. It should be noted though that even to provide one year’s worth of data would similarly involve a search that would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12 (1)).