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False Alarms (370_18)


  1. How many alarm response emergency calls did West Midlands Police receive in the following 12 month periods, or whatever measurable 12 month period the force uses to record such data;
  1. January 2017 – December 2017
  2. January 2016 – December 2016
  3. January 2015 – December 2015
  1. How many of these calls were false alarms, or required no police action, for each period of data given?
  1. What is the cost to West Midlands Police to respond to an alarm response emergency call?


Please find attached (370_18_attachment_01.pdf).

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