Osman Warnings (974_15)

Request

I would like to know the following:

The number of Osman warnings issued by the force in each of the past five complete calendar years (i.e. 2010 to 2014 inclusive) broken down by year.

Of this number – and again for each year – the number that were issued to women.

Response

Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information.

Please note that researching each individual case would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12 (1)).  It has been estimated that we have in excess of 2000 records on our Intelligence Management System which would each require a manual search.

Therefore, the cost of compliance with your request is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond, i.e. the cost of confirming or denying that the information is held would exceed the appropriate costs limit under section 12 of the Freedom of information 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.

A public authority which, in relation to any request for information, is relying on a claim that section 12 or section 14 applies must, within the time for complying with Section 1(1), give the applicant a notice stating that fact. In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a refusal notice.

I am unable to suggest any practical way in which your request may be modified in order to satisfy your query or bring it within the 18 hours stipulated by the Regulations. I am however willing to consider a

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