1. How many homicide investigations were launched in each of the calendar years from 2008 to 2018?
2. What was the total number of homicide investigations that were being actively investigated in each of those calendar years (2008 to 2018?)
3. In each of those calendar years (2008-2018) how many detectives were actively working in the murder investigation teams? If possible, can you list by rank?
4. In each of those calendar years how many Crime SIOs did you have working in the force on a specialist murder team? If possible, can you also break down by rank?
Please be advised that the information that you have requested is not available in a readily retrievable format. We would have to manually review every individual investigation in order for us to identify the number of detectives actively working in murder investigation teams. 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 1 and 4 as this was retrieved during our initial research. Please see attached document. This should not be taken as a precedent that additional information would be supplied outside of the time/fees legislation for any subsequent requests.
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