Q1. How many reported undetected homicide cases are there within your jurisdiction currently?
Q2. Do you currently have a team solely responsible for the review of undetected homicides?
Q3. What is the current standard undetected homicide case review frequency within your jurisdiction?
Q4. During the year’s 2011 – 2014 (inclusive), how many undetected homicide cases were reviewed within your jurisdiction?
Q5. During the year’s 2011 -2014 (inclusive), how many undetected homicide cases were detected within your jurisdiction?
Q6. Does your jurisdiction currently have a Forensic Archaeologist to be called upon as required?
Q7. During the year’s 2011 -2014 (inclusive), how many undetected homicide case reviews utilised Forensic Archaeology?
Q8. During the year’s 2011 – 2014 (inclusive), how many undetected homicide cases were detected as a result of Forensic Archaeology?
Please be advised that the information that you have requested is not available in a readily retrievable format. In relation Question 7 and 8. Would require us to re-visit every single case to see if information contained within the case file showed that we had utilised Forensic Archaeology, to complete such a task would exceed the cost threshold under the Freedom of Information Act.
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 information in relation to Question 1/2/3/6/. In relation to Question 4 and 5, we are only able to provide information for murders which have been detected as a result of the review.
This should not be taken as a precedent that additional information would be supplied outside of the time/fees legislation for any subsequent requests
Further information on section 12 of FOI is available here: