Medical Retirements (714_15)

Request

Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I would like to make a request for information relating to police officer medical retirements.

I should be grateful if you could provide the following information:

1. How many police officers retired on medical grounds in the years:

2014 (April 2013 to March 2014)

2013 (April 2012 to March 2013)

2012 (April 2011 to March 2012)

2. How many police officers retired on medical grounds due to a physical injury or mental trauma sustained on duty in the years:

2014 (April 2013 to March 2014)

2013 (April 2012 to March 2013)

2012 (April 2011 to March 2012)

3. Of these officers (in 2 above), how many received an Injury Award (per year, as above)

Response

Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information.

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.

To enable us to proceed with your request I would be grateful if you could confirm whether you wish us to provide the information outlined above. After receiving your reply, your request will be considered and you will receive a response within the statutory timescale of 20 working days, as defined by the Act, subject to the application of any statutory exemptions. If you chose not to respond then your request will remain unanswered.

Although excess cost removes the force’s obligations under the Freedom of Information Act, as a gesture of goodwill I have supplied information, relative to your request, retrieved before it was realised that the fees limit would be exceeded (please see attached). I trust this is helpful, but it does not affect our legal right to rely on the fees regulations for the remainder of the request.

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