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Children Arrested (1264/20)

Request

1) Under your police force, how many children (under the age of 18) in 2018/19 following offences were recorded with:

1a) No Further Action

1b) Cautioned (formally or informally)

1c) Arrested

Response

Please find our response below.

1) Under your police force, how many children (under the age of 18) in 2018/19 following offences were recorded with:

1a) No Further Action

2,001

1b) Cautioned (formally or informally)

228

1c) Arrested

4,209

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 exemptions:

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

Section 24(2) National security

Section 31(3) Law enforcement

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

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

Sections 24 and 31 are prejudice based qualified exemptions and there is a requirement to articulate the harm that would be caused in confirming or nor that the information is held, as well as carrying out a public interest test. Please find this PIT attached.

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

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.

Attachments

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