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Australia Trip (4512/18)


I would appreciate it if you could confirm whether the recent trip that Chief Constable Dave Thompson made to Australia in relation to the Commonwealth Games was paid for by West Midlands Police?

If the costs were met by West Midlands Police can you provide the following details:

1) The dates of which Chief Constable Dave Thompson travelled from/to the United Kingdom to Australia

2) The total costs of flights for Chief Constable Dave Thompson and accompanying guest(s) (if applicable) outbound and inbound

3) The name of the hotel/residence whereby the Chief Constable resided during the stay

4) The total cost of the hotel/residence in relation to the above question

5) The total cost of transport utilised by Chief Constable Dave Thompson during the stay

Point 2, in relation to guest(s) – my understanding that there were five West Midlands Police Officers in attendance with Chief Constable Thompson.

On the basis that I now believe up to 5 WM police officers went on the trip to Australia, please amend my entire FOI request so that all reference to the Chief Constable( dates, costs, and hotels) include the corresponding information for the entire police team attending so that the taxpayer can review the complete outlay.

I would also like to post an additional question to establish the compliance of the outing in relation to the Equality Act, namely FOI Q6, Please confirm the Rank and corresponding ethnic and Gender status of all the Officers who were chosen to attend the Games in Australia.


Please find attached our response.

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.

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