Taser Use (3514_13)

Request

1 a) On how many occasions in 2012 was a Taser deployed against a person under the age of 20.   Please provide a breakdown of both the ages of the individuals as well as the method of Taser   deployment (for example, but not limited to, drive-stun mode, firings and incidents where the Taser was drawn and aimed, etc.)

1b) Please also provide a summary for each incident.

Please could you also provide:

2) The same for 2011
3) The same for 2010

Response

The cost of providing all of the requested information, and therefore compliance with your request, is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond. 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. 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.

I have been able to provide the number of times a Taser has been deployed against someone under the age of 20 (broken down by age and method of deployment)

The only way to identify the requested information would be to undertake a manual search of each individual case. Therefore, such a search would exceed the appropriate limit. This means that the cost of compliance with 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 of the Freedom of information 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. In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a refusal notice.

A public authority which, in relation to any request for information, is relying on a claim that section 12 or section 14 applies must, within the time for complying with Section 1(1), give the applicant a notice stating that fact. In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a refusal notice.

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