Suspicious Activity Reports (8782/17)

Request

In your force area, how many Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) have been received in each of the last three calendar years (2014, 2015 and 2016)?

Of these, how many were ‘Consent SARs’ in each of those years?

If known, and can be provided within cost, how many investigations were launched as a result of these SARs, how many arrests were made and how many prosecutions were brought in each of these three years?

Response

West Midlands Police can neither confirm nor deny that it holds any information relevant to this request as the duty in Section 1(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not apply by virtue of the following exemption:

Section 23(5) Information supplied by, or concerning, certain Security Bodies

Section 23 is a class based absolute exemption and there is no requirement to consider the public interest in this case.

Confirming or denying the existence of whether any information is held would contravene the constrictions laid out within Section 23 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in that this stipulates a generic bar on disclosure of any information applied by, or concerning, certain Security Bodies.

This exemption and explanatory notes is shown here:

https://www.app.college.police.uk/app-content/information-management/freedom-of-information/#freedom-of-information-exemptions
No inference can be taken from this refusal that any further information relevant to your request does or does not exist.

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