Officer Assaults (18898/19)

Request

The number of physical and verbal assaults targeted at your police officers in 2009 (calendar year)

Response

Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information within the appropriate (cost) limit within the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act (see ‘Reason for Decision’ below).This information is not centrally held in a retrievable format in respect verbal assaults targeted at our police officers there is not a specific offence for verbal assault directed to a police officer. These may be dealt with in formerly by the officer at the time, it may be contained within the pocket note book of the officer, a reference may be recorded within an incident log or as part of a crime report, however to locate and retrieve any information / relevant to this part of your request would exceed the cost threshold under FOI.

The cost of compliance with the whole of 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(1) of the FOI 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.

Therefore the cost of providing you with the information is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information exceeds the ‘appropriate level’ as stated in the Freedom of Information (Fees and Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a Refusal Notice for this part of the request and if one part of a request exceeds the fees limit then S12 of the Act applies to the whole request

However, In accordance with Section 16 of the Act I have a duty to provide advice and assistance in relation to your request and can advise that the number of physical assaults targeted at our police officers in 2009 (calendar year) was 1256.

This should not be taken as a precedent that additional information would be supplied outside of the time/fees legislation for any subsequent requests.

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