Medical Treatment for Spitting (10277_16)

Request

How many officers have received medical treatment as a result of being spat on/at so far this year (2016) and in 2015?
Please provide a breakdown for me giving the month and year of each incident, and if possible the gender of the officer.

Response

Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information. Our Occupational Health Department do receive numerous sharp/splash injuries of which include incidents where officers have been spat upon. Unfortunately these incidents are not separately recorded on our system, therefore to obtain the requested data would require a manual search.

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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