Missing Persons Policy (2326_16)

Request

1. A copy of the forces recent missing persons/ absent persons policy.

2. A copy of the forces missing persons policy 2012.

Response

I apologise for the delay in responding. In relation to question 1, please see the following link:

Policies and Procedures

We have located the Force policy on Missing People for 2012. 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 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 31 (1) (a) (b) (Law enforcement)

These exemptions and explanatory notes are shown here:

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

In line with the above, I am required to complete a Public Interest Test (PIT) on disclosure. Please find this PIT attached (2326_Public_Interest_Test).

Attachments

Public Interest Test – 2326_16~

MISSING PERSONS POLICY V1.1_ REDACTED

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