This is a Freedom of Information request about homicides reported to your service.
Please can you tell me the number of homicides reported to your Police service that have been recorded as mental health related for each of the last six years 2013-2018 inclusive.”
If you do not hold this information – can you tell me please:
- a) if your service used to record this information, and if so,
- b) when you stopped recording it?
Please be advised that the specific information that you have requested is not held in a readily retrievable format. There is no marker for ‘mental health’ on our Crimes database, therefore, we would have to manually review every homicide record for the last 6 years to identify whether mental health was mentioned anywhere within the case file.
This means that 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 contacted our homicide team who have searched their records for recorded homicides they investigated that were related to mental health issues. The figures for these are below.
2013 – 5
2014 – 5
2015 – 0
2016 – 1
2017 – 4
2018 – 2
For questions a) and b), there is no recorded information held. However, I have sought advice from our subject matter experts and they cannot recall the Force having historically used a mental health related marker on our Crimes database.
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: