Response Deployments (5341_14)

Request

Q1 (a) I am requesting the total number of deployments/incidents attended by the force’s armed response teams in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 (separate breakdown by year please). (b) How many armed response teams did the force have in each of the years.

 

Q2 I would like the figures for each year to be broken further down into:

 

  1. a) The number of deployments which occurred because armed officers, specifically, was considered necessary (i.e. because officers might have to protect themselves from an armed person, or they are required as an operational contingency in a specific operation due to the threat assessment)
  2. b) The remaining deployments/incidents attended in which armed officers were not specifically needed, but the response teams were sent anyway for reasons of proximity etc.

Response

Q1 (a) I am requesting the total number of deployments/incidents attended by the force’s armed response teams in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 (separate breakdown by year please).

 

We are interpreting ‘armed response team’ to be asking for information where authorised firearms officers are deployed in an armed response vehicle and have attended deployments and incidents whilst deployed in these vehicles, including firearms operations, as well as routine deployments and incidents attended by these officers as part of their everyday frontline duties.

 

 

 

The number of operations where firearms were authorised is published on the Home Office website, see below link:

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/298435/Police_use_of_firearms_Commons.pdf

 

 

(b) How many armed response teams did the force have in each of the years.

 

West Midlands Police do not have ‘armed response teams’ as detailed above, authorised firearms officers are deployed to armed response vehicles, therefore there is no relevant information held.

 

Q2 I would like the figures for each year to be broken further down into:

 

  1. a) The number of deployments which occurred because armed officers, specifically, was considered necessary (i.e. because officers might have to protect themselves from an armed person, or they are required as an operational contingency in a specific operation due to the threat assessment)

 

Period Deployments
2010-2011 1,116
2011-2012 1,309
2012-2013 1,373
Year 2013-2014 1,193

 

 

 

  1. b) The remaining deployments/incidents attended in which armed officers were not specifically needed, but the response teams were sent anyway for reasons of proximity etc

 

Period Deployments
2010-2011 298
 2011-2012 126
2012-2013 114
2013-2014 85

 

 

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.

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