Phone/Video Evidence (5221_16)


Information requested
1) Where a victim or witness has photo or video footage of an incident or crime on their smartphone,
does your force enable them to supply it
a) by email, in which case please:
i) provide the email address
ii) give a web-link to where the facility is promoted on the force’s site
b) by smartphone App, in which case please:
i) list the names of the Apps (e.g. Self Evident)
ii) give a web-link to where the facility is promoted on the force’s site
c) by uploading it via other IT application or portal, in which case please
i) name the application or portal
ii) give a web-link to where the facility is promoted on the force’s site.
2) Whether or not any of the above facilities are provided, please
a) detail any other way your force obtains from victims and witnesses evidence of an incident or
crime they have captured on their camera or phone,
b) explain what the process involves, and
c) give a web-link to where the process is promoted on the force’s site.
3) Please detail or estimate how many times in the last twelve months your force received photo or
video footage from members of the public
a) Over 1,000
b) 500-1,000
c) 100-499
d) 20-99
e) Less than 20


Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information. In answer to question 3, we do not count the number of submissions that we receive.

Please note that researching each individual case would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12 (1)).

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 locating and retrieving the information 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.

Although excess cost removes the force’s obligations under the Freedom of Information Act, as a gesture of goodwill I have supplied information, relative to your request, retrieved before it was realised that the fees limit would be exceeded (please see attached). I trust this is helpful, but it does not affect our legal right to rely on the fees regulations for the remainder of the request.



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