Police Dog Unit (12076_17)

Request

1)  Please state the number of police dogs in the service of your police force at the end of each of the following financial years

i) 2012/13
ii) 2013/14
iii) 2014/15
iv) 2015/16
v) 2016/17
vi) 2017/18 (providing the figure at 01/10/17)

2) Please state the total spent by your force on your police dog department for each of the following financial years: all spending by the dogs department. So that would be the police of keeping and training dogs, and any associated costs with maintaining the police dog unit (vehicles, staff etc.).

i) 2012/13
ii) 2013/14
iii) 2014/15
iv) 2015/16
v) 2016/17
vi) 2017/18 (providing the figure at 01/10/17)

 

Response

Please find attached our response.

 

 

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

 

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

 

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

 

As recommended as good practice by the Information Commissioner’s Office a version of this response may be published on the West Midlands Police website.

 

For further information and data on West Midlands Police see our publication scheme and disclosure log:

 

http://foi.west-midlands.police.uk/

 

Your attention is drawn to your right to request a re-examination of your case under West Midlands Police review procedure, which can be found at:

 

http://foi.west-midlands.police.uk/reviews-and-appeals/

 

Please note that such an appeal must be received within 20 working days of the date of this correspondence. Any such request received after this time will only be considered at the discretion of the FOI Unit.

 

If you require any further information, then please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

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