Police Vehicles (2958/15)

Request

The number of emergency service vehicles (including police cars, fire engines, paramedics) that were caught speeding when they were not attending an incident (i.e. caught speeding whilst patrolling/ caught speeding when they were not attending an incident or transferring a patient to hospital).

I would like this information for the past three years.

Response

Please find below our response. The below figures relate to police vehicles only, for details regarding fire engines and paramedics you would need to contact the fire service / ambulance service for this information.

January – December 2013 – 9 January – December 2014 – 12 January – June 2015 – 11

These officers were dealt with by one of the following outcomes: court appearance, courses or fines.

We expect the highest standards of our officers and where behaviour does not meet these expectations West Midlands Police will investigate the matter thoroughly and impartially with a view to establishing whether there has been any breach of the code of conduct and further action will be taken as necessary. Please see our Professional Standards policy and Driver Policies:

http://foi.west-midlands.police.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Professional-Standards-of-Behaviour-Policy.pdf

http://foi.west-midlands.police.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Driver-Policy.pdf

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of crimes can be misleading and does not necessarily indicate the likelihood of someone being a victim of crime. In addition, the number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time can be influenced by a number of factors. Consequently statistics on incidents/crimes for one period may not necessarily be a good indicator of future incidents in that area.

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.

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