RTC Deployment (3330_13)

Request

1. I am looking for the total amount of collisions reported in your force area over the period
1st January 2012 to 31st December 2012. These would include all fatal, serious , minor injury and damage only collisions if you record those details. Accuracy over exact numbers is not necessary as I am looking for a good idea how your force deals with crashes and the volume it creates for you. If you do not record detail such as damage only collisions then I accept this is a force decision.

Q2. Do you have a police officer attend every reported collision or is there some sort of force
matrix which essentially says “we will not deal with this kind of crash”

Q3. I appreciate that obtaining NFA details may require a manual search and this would exceed the hours allowed for a search before charges and could lead to refusal. If you can indicate how many crashes were reported to your force but not dealt with because of management/force decisions that would cover it. If however you do not record this detail and it would again mean searching each crash record then please omit question 3.

Response

Please see attached –

The cost of providing all of the requested information, and therefore compliance with your request, is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond. 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. 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.

Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information.

The only way to identify the requested information would be to undertake a manual search of each individual report. 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. In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a refusal notice.

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.

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:

www.west-midlands.police.uk/advice-centre/accessing-information/freedom-of-information/review-and-appeals/index.aspx

Please note that such an appeal must be received within 40 working days of the date of this correspondence.

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

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