Request / Response
1. How many reports has West Midlands Police received from members of the public relating to ghosts, UFOs/aliens, werewolves and witches, respectively, since January 1, 2013?
18 reports have been received where ‘ghosts’ ‘UFOs/aliens’ ‘werewolves’ and ‘witches’ were mentioned in the MO notes
2. How many times have officers been sent out to deal with such matters during that period?
3. If officers have been sent out on these types of calls, how much time has been spent dealing with them?
There is no recorded information held
4. What is the standard protocol for dealing with any report of supernatural phenomena such as these?
We would assess the facts of the case, the vulnerability of the caller and would deploy a policing resource in line with the threat or risk to the caller, in line with our grading policy.
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