Surrender Bins (9298_17)

Request

How many weapons have been handed into surrender bins since 01 January 2016

 

If I restrict my keyword queries to “knife” and “gun”, hopefully that will avoid the cost-limit problem. If theres another way, please do let me know

Response

We have been advised by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Midlands that Weapon surrender bins are due to be opened in the next few weeks.

 

Under section 22 of the Act, we are not required to provide information in response to a request if it is already scheduled to be released into the public domain. The information you requested is due to be made available on the following website.

 

http://www.westmidlands-pcc.gov.uk/key-issues/weapon-surrender-bins

 

REASON FOR DECISION

 

The Freedom of Information Act places two responsibilities on public authorities, the first of which is to confirm what information it holds and secondly to then disclose that information, unless exemptions apply.

 

In this case the information is exempt by virtue of the Section 22 (1) (Information intended for future publication)

 

This exemption and explanatory notes is shown here:

 

https://www.app.college.police.uk/app-content/information-management/freedom-of-information/#foia-section-22-information-intended-for-future-publication

 

 

While release of this information may enhance public knowledge of this area, to respond to this request at this time would require the information to be retrieved and collated, and would involve a disproportionate use of resources. In. addition uncoordinated release of this information, especially without proper consultation before the data are properly verified could result in the release of misleading data.

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