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Coronavirus – Calls Reporting Breaches (17A/20)

Request

Between March 23, 2020 and today, how many calls were made to 999, 101 or another police number to report a person/people breaching the Government’s lockdown rules due to the coronavirus.

If possible, could you provide the location (town, city, area) of each call and any further details (such as what the people breaching the rules were doing).

Could you also confirm which number was called (999, 101, another) in each case.

Response

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

REASON FOR DECISION

This information is not centrally collated. Therefore in order for us to identify calls related to this subject, we would need to manually review every single call log. Such a search however would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12).

This means that 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:

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

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