Firework Incidents (12264_17)

Request

1) The number of firework related incidents reported between 00.01 1st January 2016 to 00.59 31st December 2016.

2) The number of incidents where fireworks were used to attack emergency personnel i.e. paramedics, firemen, police between 1st January 2015 to 31st October 2017.

3) How incidents involving fireworks are logged, classified and dealt with.

Response

Unfortunately our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information, there is no ‘firework’ special interest marker on our incident system and it would involve using a keyword search for ‘firework’ and researching the MO notes of every log to determine its relevance. The word ‘Firework’ can relate to a shop or an expression when referring to a heated argument i.e. ‘there will be fireworks when he finds out’ etc .

There are 1,353 logs that contain ‘firework’ between 00.01 1st January 2016 to 00.59 31st December 2016 and 3,847 logs between 1st January 2015 to 31st October 2017. 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.

I am unable to suggest any practical way in which your request may be modified in order to satisfy your query or bring it within the 18 hours stipulated by the Regulations. I am however willing to consider any refinements that you are able to make to your request.

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