Missing RSO’s (515_15)

Request

  1. How many registered sex offenders were known to be `missing’ from your force area as of 12/02/2015?
  2. How long has each one of them been missing for?
  3. How many of these sex offenders have been missing for one year or more?
  4. What offences were they convicted of that resulted in them being placed on the sex offenders’ register?
  5. Have any of these missing sex offenders ever been publicly named by your force in a bid to locate them? If so, please provide details of what was released to the public at the time.
  6. Of those missing sex offenders, how many are believed to be outside of the UK?
  7. Can you provide me with names and details of any of these missing registered sex offenders?
  8. What is the total number of registered sex offenders in your force area currently?

Response

  1. How many registered sex offenders were known to be `missing’ from your force area as of 12/02/2015?

 

This information is available on the following website.

https://foi.west-midlands.police.uk/missing-rsos-281_15/

 

 

  1. How long has each one of them been missing for?

As above

 

  1. How many of these sex offenders have been missing for one year or more?

 

= 22

 

  1. What offences were they convicted of that resulted in them being placed on the sex offenders’ register?

I am unable to provide this information as this could lead to the identification of an individual which would be a breach of the Sexual Offences Act 1992 which extends the anonymity that was once given only to victims of rape, to victims of most other sexual offences. Therefore this is exempt under Section 44(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act.

This letter constitutes a refusal notice under Section 17 (1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 with Section 44(1)(a) of the act being applied.

 

  1. – (1) Information is exempt information if its disclosure (otherwise than under this Act) by the public authority holding it –
  2. a) is prohibited by or under any enactment
  3. b) is incompatible with any Community obligation, or
  4. c) would constitute or be punishable as a contempt of court.

 

  1. Have any of these missing sex offenders ever been publicly named by your force in a bid to locate them? If so, please provide details of what was released to the public at the time.

            No

 

  1. Of those missing sex offenders, how many are believed to be outside of the UK?

 

This information is available on the following website.

https://foi.west-midlands.police.uk/missing-rsos-281_15/

 

  1. Can you provide me with names and details of any of these missing registered sex offenders?

The names of these individuals constitute personal information therefore the information is exempt. The exemption applicable to this is Section 40(2), third party personal information. This is an Absolute exemption so therefore there is no requirement to conduct a harm or public interest test. Any information is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act if it relates to or is supplied by another individual and disclosure of that information would contravene any of the principles of the 1998 Data Protection Act, in this particular case, disclosure of this information would contravene Principles 1 and 2 of the Act, whereby personal data shall be processed fairly and lawfully and only obtained for one or more specified purpose or purposes.

 

  1. What is the total number of registered sex offenders in your force area currently?

 

= 3,642

 

As recommended as good practice by the Information Commissioner’s Office a version of this response may be published on the West Midlands Police website.

 

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