Threats to WMP (333_14)

Request

Please provide details of any threats received by West Midlands Police against its officers and/or staff and/or police property/properties which have subsequently been investigated by the force’s Counter-terrorism Unit (CTU).

This includes threats to kill, assault or otherwise harm/damage aforesaid personnel and/or force assets.

Please provide, as far as the act permits, details of the threat, ie against whom or what the threat was directed. If a threat concerns a specific individual, please advise as to their rank/position in cases where their identity cannot be revealed.

Please also provide details of any arrests made as a result, and details of any resultant criminal charges or orders made.

Please provide this information for the period from January 1 2014 to December 11 2014.

Response

Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information.

Please note that researching each individual case would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12 (1)).

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.  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.

To research our systems to identify West Midlands Police reported offences together with the cross matching against CTU investigations, along with looking into the specifics of each offence in order to identify intended victims would exceed the cost limit.

I am unable to suggest any practical way in which your request may be modified in order to satisfy your query or bring it within the 18 hours stipulated by the Regulations. I am however willing to consider any refinements that you are able to make to your request.

 

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