Human Trafficking (2168/16)

Request

1. Budgets/funding or any other resources directly allocated by the Force towards anti-trafficking activities and/or activities to combat `modern slavery’ in 2014/15 and 2015/16 financial years (i.e. dedicated projects, anti-trafficking operations, members of staff, information campaigns etc.) and what these activities are.
2. If available, a copy of the organisational strategy or any other document which sets out what actions are to be taken by the Force to combat trafficking in human beings and/or `modern slavery¿ as mandated by the UK Government Human trafficking Strategy (2011), Modern Slavery Act (2015) and Modern slavery strategy (2014)

Response

We can confirm that some relevant information is held by West Midlands Police. However, while the majority of the information is attached to this email I am afraid that I am not required by statute to release all of the information requested. Please find attached a redacted document. This letter serves as a Refusal Notice under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) for the parts of the document that have not been released.

REASONS FOR DECISION

The Freedom of Information Act places two responsibilities on public authorities, the first of which is to confirm what information it holds and secondly to then disclose that information, unless exemptions apply.

In this case, this letter represents a Refusal Notice for the redacted parts of the attached document. The information is exempt by virtue of the following exemptions

Section 23 (1) Information supplied by, or concerning, certain security bodies
Section 30 (1) (a) Investigations and proceedings conducted by public authorities
Section 31 (1) (a) (b) Law enforcement
Section 40 (2) Personal Information

These exemptions and explanatory notes are shown here:

http://www.west-midlands.police.uk/docs/advice-centre/foi/exemptions.pdf

In addition to the attached response West Midlands Police can neither confirm nor deny that it holds any other information relevant to this request as the duty in Section 1(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not apply by virtue of the following exemption:

Section 23(5) Information supplied by, or concerning, certain Security Bodies

Section 23 is a class based absolute exemption and there is no requirement to consider the public interest in this case.

Confirming or denying the existence of whether any other information is held would contravene the constrictions laid out within Section 23 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in that this stipulates a generic bar on disclosure of any information applied by, or concerning, certain Security Bodies.

This exemption and explanatory notes is shown here:

http://www.west-midlands.police.uk/docs/advice-centre/foi/exemptions.pdf

No inference can be taken from this refusal that any further information relevant to your request does or does not exist.

Attachments

2168_ATTACHMENT
2168_ATTACHMENT_DELIVERY_PLAN
2168_PUBLIC_INTEREST_TEST

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