1. How many child sexual exploitation (CSE) crimes were recorded by your force in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014?
2. How many recorded child sexual exploitation (CSE) were “no-crimes” in your force in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014? “No-crimes” are incidents that have been recorded as crimes but have then been “no crimed” where it is judged by the police that no crime actually took place.
If providing the above information would exceed the cost limit then please provide the data for as many years as possible, working back from 2014.
If the force does not categorise crimes as CSE then please provide figures for the most appropriate category, e.g. child sexual offences.
Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information. The CSE marker was not extensively used in this force prior to September 2012, therefore I have provided data for the years 2013 and 2014. Anything prior to that date would involve a manual search of our records which would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12 (1)).
Therefore, the cost of compliance with 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 of the Freedom of information 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.
A public authority which, in relation to any request for information, is relying on a claim that section 12 or section 14 applies must, within the time for complying with Section 1(1), give the applicant a notice stating that fact. In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a refusal notice.
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. 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.