I am writing a request under the Freedom of Information Act for information on the use of “diversity” training courses offered by the West Midlands Police.
a) For 2016, could you please provide information relating to the following three questions:
How many “diversity” training courses have been provided in the period 2008-2016.
How many officers underwent this training.
What ranks and positions were held by the officers who were trained.
What was the duration of the courses.
Copies of any relevant training materials.
b) The same for the years 2008-2015
I would also like to put a request for the number of racial discrimination complaints against West Midlands Police from 2008 – 2016 on the basis of the nine protected characteristics as set out in the Equality Act (2010).
Please provide explanations, where necessary to understand the context of the information provided.
Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information. In relation to Question 4 – We are unable to provide this information as it is included in all relevant training material and would exceed the cost limit to locate and retrieve it.
Please note that researching each individual case 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 (please 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.