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Assaults On Police Officers (15354/19)


This request concerns details of attacks on police officers.


Please state the number on assaults on police officers of your force recorded in each of the following calendar years:

  1. i) 2014
  2. ii) 2015

iii) 2016

  1. iv) 2017
  2. v) 2018
  3. vi) 2019 to 05.09.19


Please state the number of assaults on police officers of your force recorded that led to:

  1. a) The police officer’s death
  2. b) The police officer’s hospitalisation
  3. c) The police officer’s discharge from the force due to injuries sustained

In each of the following calendar years:

  1. i) 2014
  2. ii) 2015

iii) 2016

  1. iv) 2017
  2. v) 2018
  3. vi) 2019 to 05.09.19


For incidents that occurred between 1st January 2019 and 5th September 2019, please provide all disclosable fields in your recording database, including the anonymised free text description of the incident, and any details recorded of the injuries suffered by the officer, if held.


For each assault recorded in question 1, please state whether this case led to a charge. If multiple assailants were charged in response to an incident, please provide the number.


Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information within the appropriate (cost) limit within the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act (see ‘Reason for Decision’ below).

Although excess cost removes the force’s obligations under the Freedom of Information Act, as a gesture of goodwill I have supplied information, relative to your request, retrieved before it was realised that the fees limit would be exceeded (see attached). I trust this is helpful, but it does not affect our legal right to rely on the fees regulations for the remainder of the request.


Please note that researching each individual case would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12).  In relation to question 2 we only record Death in Service and Ill Health Retirement details but none of that has any detail behind it that would give information about assaults. In terms of hospitalisation, due to restraints in our recording system we are unable to provide this information.  In relation to question 3, we are unable to provide an anonymised free text description of the incident (MO). This is due to the fact that there are in excess of 1000 records in the search period. Not all MO descriptions return in the search, which means that the crime records would have to be individually accessed and read which would exceed the FOI time limit.

The cost of compliance with the whole of 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(1) of the FOI 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.

Further information on section 12 of FOI is available here:

Freedom of information