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ABE Interviews (13811/16)


Please disclose the management/ oversight procedure for ABE interviews at West Bromwich Police Station and the standard audit of resulting storage media (DVD Discs), until their submission to the CPS.

Please disclose the standard number of media (DVD Disc count) produced, for an ABE; where the full duration of the interview is less than 60 minutes.

Also, for any ABE that is started and not completed (or is suspended), how is that recorded in the police investigation log; are start, duration, end times recorded and other than the interviewer, is there an independent management sign-off requirement.

Lastly, are visitors entry, exit logs kept (with times), for non-police visitors to police stations? How long are these records kept?



Please find attached our response.  I apologise for the delay in responding.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.