1. For the period 1st July 2018 to 31st December 2018: the number of incidents that contain either of the words ‘drone’ or ‘UAV’ in the Brief Incident Details field, broken down by Month, ‘Final Classification’ and ‘Incident Result’.
2. Is there any possibility that WMP may as other forces have done and introduce a dedicated drone recording category?
Please find attached our response.
In addition to the attached, West Midlands Police will neither confirm nor deny that we hold any further information relevant to your request. This email serves as a Refusal Notice under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act).
REASONS FOR DECISION
The Freedom of Information Act places two responsibilities on public authorities, the first of which is to confirm what information it holds and secondly to then disclose that information, unless exemptions apply.
In this case West Midlands Police will neither confirm nor deny the existence of any further relevant incidents by virtue of:
Section 30(3) Investigations and proceedings conducted by the public authority
These exemptions and explanatory notes are shown here:
In line with the above, I am required to complete a Prejudice Test/Public Interest Test (PIT) on disclosure. Please find this PIT attached (3737_PIT).
No inference can be taken from this refusal that the information you have requested does or does not exist.
Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.
The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.
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