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Digital Forensics (996/20)

Request

We would like to know how much was spent on the Digital Forensic Unit and as detailed breakdown as possible of the costs of training officers in the different fields of this unit in 2019.

Response

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.

REASON FOR DECISION

Please note that researching each individual case would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12).  The spend against the Central Training Budget is not separately recorded and therefore it is not possible to provide this information as it would require a manual search that would exceed the FOI time limit.

Attachments

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