Please could you provide me with the following information:
- The number of individuals who have applied (whether successfully or unsuccessfully) to have their name removed from the Sex Offenders Register. Please provide the figures for 2016, 2017 and 2018. Please also provide a breakdown of the category of crime these individuals had committed (e.g. rape, child abuse).
- The number of individuals who have actually been removed from the Sex Offenders Register. Please provide the figures for 2016, 2017 and 2018. Please also provide a breakdown of the category of crime these individuals had committed (e.g. rape, child abuse).
Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information within the appropriate (cost) limit within the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act (see ‘Reason for Decision’ below).
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 (see attached). 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.
REASON FOR DECISION
Please note that researching each individual case would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12). Information in relation to offences are exempt under the FOI time limit, to answer that part of question 1 would take approximately 44 hours and for question 2 it would take approximately 35 hours.
The cost of compliance with the whole of 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(1) of the FOI 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.
Further information on section 12 of FOI is available here: