Violence Against the Person (1337_16)

Request

I am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act. In order to assist you with this request, I am outlining my query as specifically as possible.
I would like you to provide a response to the following questions:
1. How many cases involving violence against a person in 2014 have not been pursued because the victim was under the influence of alcohol?
a. Is this higher or lower than in 2013 and by how much?
2. How many cases involving sexual offences have not been pursued in 2014 on the ground that or which included the ground that the victim was under the influence of alcohol?
a. Is this higher or lower than in 2013 and by how much?

Response

Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information. We would need to manually read in excess of 3000 records per year to enable us to provide this information.

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

Therefore, 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.

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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