Unsolved Crimes (4292_13)

Request / Response

1. What is the total number of police officers (full-time equivalents) by police officer function you had in a. Calendar year 2013 (so far) b. calendar year 2012 c. calendar year 2011, d. calendar year 2010 e. calendar year 2009.

2. What is the number of unsolved crimes, broken down by type of crime in your police force
area for the calendar years 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 (thus far)?

DECISION UNDER THE TERMS OF THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT

We can confirm that the information is held by West Midlands Police. However, while the majority of the information is attached to this email I am afraid that I am not required by statute to release all of the information requested. Please find attached a redacted document. This letter serves as a Refusal Notice under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) the number of Police Officers in certain departments.

REASONS 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, this letter represents a Refusal Notice for the redacted parts of the attached document. The information is exempt by virtue of the following exemptions

  • Section 31 (1) (a) (b) (Law enforcement)

These exemptions and explanatory notes are shown here:

www.west-midlands.police.uk/docs/advice-centre/foi/exemptions.pdf

In line with the above, I am required to complete a Prejudice Test/Public Interest Test (PIT) on disclosure. Please find this PIT attached 4292_PIT.

I note that your original question asks for the figures by calendar year.  Please note that our staffing levels are calculated on a financial yearly basis.   Rather than contacting you to see if this will be sufficient and the time that has passed for the reasons stated earlier I have enclosed these data.

As explained above and in the attached (4292_PIT) I am unable to provide numbers for specific departments.  I have therefore combined these departments to give you more of a picture of staffing levels with West Midlands Police.

As recommended as good practice by the Information Commissioner’s Office a version of this response may be published on the West Midlands Police website.

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