Sexual assault and sexual harassment (13700/19)

Request

For the last five years, please provide the following information.

Please provide the answers separately for each year.

How many reports of sexual assault and sexual harassment were there?

Of these how many of the victims were students?

What were the outcomes of the report?

Response

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).We do not have a specific offence for Sexual Harassment, therefore to review each offence of a sexual nature to see if harassment was mentioned would exceed the cost threshold.

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.

Therefore the cost of providing you with the information is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information exceeds the ‘appropriate level’ as stated in the Freedom of Information (Fees and Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a Refusal Notice for this part of the request and if one part of a request exceeds the fees limit then S12 of the Act applies to the whole request

However, In accordance with Section 16 of the Act I have a duty to provide advice and assistance in relation to your request and can provide a response in relation to offences of assault (where the offence is of sexual nature) and offences that specify sexual assault within the title as this was retrieved during our initial research, a total of these offences has been provided ( all occupations including students ) and a separate table where the victim occupation is shown as a student .  This should not be taken as a precedent that additional information would be supplied outside of the time/fees legislation for any subsequent requests

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