I would like to request a copy of West Midlands Police’s “Serious and Organised Crime Local Profile.
We can confirm that the requested document is held by West Midlands Police. However, whilst the document is attached to this email, I am afraid that I am not required by statute to release all of the information contained within it. This e-mail serves as a Refusal Notice under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI Act) for the parts of the document that have been redacted.
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 relation to the information that has been redacted, it is exempt from disclosure by virtue of the following exemptions:
- Section 23 (1) Information supplied by or relating to security bodies
- Section 30 (1) (a) Investigations and proceedings conducted by public authorities
- Section 31 (1) (a) & (b) Law enforcement
These exemptions and explanatory notes are shown here:
We have exempted some information from disclosure in this document to prevent contravening the constrictions laid out within Section 23 of the FOI Act. This statutory exemption stipulates a generic bar on disclosure of any information applied by, or concerning, certain Security Bodies. Section 23 is a class based absolute exemption and there is no requirement to consider the public interest in this case.
Sections 30 and 31
For the information that is exempt from disclosure by virtue of Sections 30 and 31 of the FOI Act, I am required to complete a Prejudice Test/Public Interest Test (PIT) on disclosure. Please find this PIT attached.