Released under Investigation (20882/19)

Request

How many people did your force release on pre-charge police bail between 3rd April 2017 and 2nd April 2018 broken down by type of offence and, if possible, by those a) aged 17 and under and b) over 18. 18 and over         

 How many people did your force release on pre-charge police bail between 3rd April 2018 and 2nd April 2019, broken down by type of offence and, if possible, by those a) aged 17 and under and b) over 18. 18 and over. If possible, please can you state the average length of time these people were on pre-charge police bail for?           

 How many people did your force “release under investigation” between 3rd April 2017 and 2nd April 2018, broken down by type of offence, and if possible, by those a) aged 17 and under and b) over 18. 18 and over        

 How many people did your force “release under investigation” between 3rd April 2018 and 2nd April 2019, broken down by type of offence, and if possible, by those a) aged 17 and under and b) over 18. 18 and over. If possible, please can you also state the average length of time these people were “released under investigation” for

Response

Please see attached

 In addition to the attached response West Midlands Police can neither confirm nor deny that it holds any other information relevant to this request as the duty in Section 1(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not apply by virtue of the following exemptions:

Section 23(5) Information supplied by, or concerning, certain Security Bodies

Section 24(2) National Security

Section 31(3) Law Enforcement

These exemptions and explanatory notes are shown here:

https://www.app.college.police.uk/app-content/information-management/freedom-of-information/#freedom-of-information-exemptions

Section 23 is a class based absolute exemption and there is no requirement to consider the public interest.

Sections 24 and 31 are prejudice based qualified exemptions and there is a requirement to articulate the harm that would be caused in confirming or nor that the information is held, as well as carrying out a public interest test.

This should not be taken as a precedent that additional information would be supplied outside of the time/fees legislation for any subsequent requests

Further information on section 12 of FOI is available here:

https://www.app.college.police.uk/app-content/information-management/freedom-of-information/#fees-and-charges

Attachments

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