I am writing to you to request some information under the Freedom of Information Act:
1) How many Police Officers (FTE) has your Police Force employed for patrol in each of the last 7 full financial years?
2) How much time, in hours, do your patrol FTE Police Officers spend on:
a. foot patrol;
b. car patrol (in a police car patrolling the beat); in each of the past 7 full financial years.
Officer hours are not recorded as belonging to individual tasks / dedicated to patrolling either by foot or vehicle patrol. This task would form part of the” normal policing duties” the officer would complete on a daily basis. Officer duties are not separately recorded therefore the information you have requested is not held by West Midlands Police.