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Cyber Security Training (77A/22)


Please provide me with the total number of staff within you organisation who have been on cyber security training courses, broken down by year over the last 3 calendar years (2021, 2020, 2019)



  • 1,400 staff attended e-security training
  • 4x staff went on an advanced cyber away day
  • 100 staff were sent on a email phishing course

If possible, please provide details of the cost of the course.


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).  The cost of these courses form part of larger training budgets and are delivered in conjunction with the National college of policing.  To separate the costs out would require a manual review 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.