We wish to make the following requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000:
a) How many crimes were committed in your police jurisdiction involving firearms/ shotguns in 2017-2018 & 2018/2019? This includes numbers arrested, charged and/ or criminally Prosecuted.
b) What was the status of the weapons involved (i.e. licenced, unlicensed or unknown)?
c) How many fresh applications for firearm/ shotgun licences were made in 2017-2018 & 2018/2019? How many were refused?
d) How many applications for renewals for pre-existing firearm/ shotgun licences were made in the year 2017-2018 & 2018-2019?
How many were refused?
e) How many revocations of firearm/ shotgun licences were made by the police force in 2017-2018 & 2018-2019? How many were successfully appealed by the applicant?
f) How many firearms/ shotguns were seized by police in 2017-2018 & 2018-2019? How many of these were subsequently returned to their owners? How many of these were destroyed?
g) Any local policies or guidance regarding systems for firearm and shotgun control and monitoring.
Please be advised that the information that you have requested is not available in a readily retrievable format. In relation question a) We are unable to provide information in relation to prosecutions as this data is held by the courts, therefore we have provide the outcome as recorded within our CRIMES system and in relation to question b) we would need to review each crime as we do not have a recording category within this database that highlights if the firearm was licensed etc.. Part of question e) and Question f).
The cost of compliance with the whole of 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(1) of the FOI 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.
Therefore the cost of providing you with the information is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information exceeds the ‘appropriate level’ as stated in the Freedom of Information (Fees and Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004.
In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a Refusal Notice for this part of the request and if one part of a request exceeds the fees limit then S12 of the Act applies to the whole request
However, In accordance with Section 16 of the Act I have a duty to provide advice and assistance in relation to your request and can provide the information requested for questions a) we provided crimes by outcome c) question d) part of question e) and g) as this was retrieved during our initial research. This should not be taken as a precedent that additional information would be supplied outside of the time/fees legislation for any subsequent requests