Taser Use (4945_14)

Request

  1. In the last year to the date this FOI is processed, how many incidents have tasers been used on minors and how many minors in total have tasers been used on? (figures for the last five years, broken down year by year, please)
  2. In the last year to the date this FOI is processed, how many times have strip searches been used on minors? (figures for the last five years, broken down year by year, please).
  3. In the last year to the date this FOI is processed, how many times has reasonable force been used on minors? (figures for the last five years, broken down year by year, please)
  4. In the last year to the date this FOI is processed, how many minors have been detained in custody? (figures for the last five years, broken down year by year, please)

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 (see enclosed document 4945_attachment). 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.

Please note for the sake of consistency following your clarification of minors I have increased the age to include 18 and 19 year olds to coincide with previously released data. In addition under the terms set out within the Freedom of Information Act (2000) (in summary) we are to consider for release any data requested even if we believe it not be 100% accurate.

In respect to your second and third questions our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information. The only way to identify the requested information would be to undertake a manual search of each individual custody record. 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. The same applies for 2009 for your first question – we would have to do a manual search of the records to ascertain the persons age and the deployment used.

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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