Injured Police Dogs (12620_16)

Request

Can I find out the below information under the FoI Act please?

How many of your force’s police dogs were injured in the line of duty in 2012? 2013? 2014? 2015? So far in 2016?

How many of your force’s police dogs were killed or had to be put down as a result of injuries sustained in the line of duty in 2012? 2013? 2014? 2015? So far in 2016?

How many of your force’s police horses were injured in the line of duty in 2012? 2013? 2014? 2015? So far in 2016?

How many of your force’s police horses were killed or had to be put down as a result of injuries sustained in the line of duty in 2012? 2013? 2014? 2015? So far in 2016?

Response

Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information. In order to ascertain the required information, would require a manual search of every individual record for each dog, in relation to vets visits and treatments etc. This would involve a search of over 1000 records.
West Midlands Police do not currently have any police horses.

Please note that researching each individual case 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 letter acts as a refusal notice.

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.

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