Airport/Aircraft Offences (19409/18)

 

Request

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information.

1. The number of people arrested by your police force on suspicion of being drunk (or drunk and disorderly) on an aircraft.

2. Separate figures for the number of people arrested by your police force on suspicion of being drunk (or drunk and disorderly) in an airport.

Please provide details for the above for 2017 and for 2018 to date, with separate figures for each of the two years.

For both requests please include:

a) Date of the incident

b) Location of the incident

c) Summary of the incident

d) Gender and ages of the individual(s) arrested.

e) The outcome (that is charge, caution or no further action)

Response

We can confirm that relevant 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 to release all of the information requested. Please find attached a redacted document.

REASONS FOR DECISION

The redacted information is exempt by virtue of the following exemptions

Section 40(2) Personal Data

Section 30(1) Investigations and Proceedings Conducted by a Public Authority

These exemptions and explanatory notes are shown here:

https://www.app.college.police.uk/app-content/information-management/freedom-of-information/#freedom-of-information-exemptions

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

Section 40(2) is an absolute and class based exemption if to release the information exists would breach the third party’s data protection rights.  In this case to release this personal information would not constitute fair processing of the data. As this exemption is class based I am not required to identify the harm in disclosure and in this instance I believe that the right to privacy outweighs any public interest in release.

For the information that has been supplied it is important to note these data should be interpreted with caution.

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.

In addition to the attached response West Midlands Police can neither confirm nor deny that it holds any other information relevant to this request as the duty in Section 1(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not apply by virtue of the following exemption:

Section 23(5) Information supplied by, or concerning, certain Security Bodies

Section 23 is a class based absolute exemption and there is no requirement to consider the public interest in this case.

Confirming or denying the existence of whether any other information is held would contravene the constrictions laid out within Section 23 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in that this stipulates a generic bar on disclosure of any information applied by, or concerning, certain Security Bodies.

This exemption and explanatory notes is shown here:

https://www.app.college.police.uk/app-content/information-management/freedom-of-information/#freedom-of-information-exemptions

No inference can be taken from this refusal that any further information relevant to your request does or does not exist.

Attachments

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Aircraft summary

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