S136 Mental Health Act (14024_17)

Request

  1. a) Over the last 12 months, how many hours have police officers spent with individuals detained under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act while waiting for the mental health trust to carry out an assessment?

 

  1. b) Please could you provide the five longest assessment delays where police officers were required to be present with an individual detained under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act; and the reasons for these delays (e.g. unavailability of doctors or AMHPs)?

 

  1. a) Over the last 12 months, how many times have arrested individuals been unlawfully detained in a police station while waiting for the mental health trust to take responsibility for the person concerned?

 

  1. b) What were the five longest detention periods in the police station while waiting for the mental health trust to take responsibility for the arrested person concerned; and the reasons for these delays (e.g. assessment delays, admissions delays due to bed unavailability or ambulance delays)?

 

  1. a) Over the last 12 months, how many times have police officers had to wait with a person in need of medical attention whilst waiting for an ambulance to arrive?

 

  1. b) What were the five longest periods of time police officers spent waiting with a person in need of medical attention whilst waiting for an ambulance to arrive?

 

  1. Over the last 12 months, how many times have people been conveyed to hospital in a police vehicle due to the unavailability of an ambulance?

Response

Unfortunately, our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information without researching each individual case which would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12 (1)).

 

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

 

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.

 

However rather than refusing your request outright at this stage, I would like to explore with you how West Midlands Police may best assist you to request relevant information which we hold. Within the cost limit we could the conduct searches for

 

The number of arrests, where the custody record disposal is mental health act.

 

The number of times a police vehicle has been used, in the last 12 months, to transport someone under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act, to Accident and Emergency

 

Please note that any located information might be subject to the application of exemptions under the Act

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