1) How many people in total have been arrested per month since April 2011 by West Midlands police?
2) How many non-english-speaking people were arrested and how many of those were interviewed by police following their arrest?
3) What was the monthly cost of interpreting services associated with interviewing non-english-speaking detainees and witnesses at police stations?
4) Which provider(s) of interpreting services were used in each month?
5) Has the force made any change to interpreter procurement in this time, and if so, how? Have you changed, or do you have any plans to change your provider of interpreters since April 2011 and if so, why?
The cost of providing all of the requested information, and therefore compliance with your request, is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond. Although excess cost removes the force’s obligations under the Freedom of Information Act, as a gesture of goodwill I have supplied information, relative to your request, retrieved before it was realised that the fees limit would be exceeded. I trust this is helpful, but it does not affect our legal right to rely on the fees regulations for the remainder of the request.
In order to ascertain how many non-English-speaking people were arrested and how many of those were interviewed by police following their arrest would mean a manual search of all records in order to gain an accurate figure. Such a search would exceed the appropriate limit. This means that 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. In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a refusal notice.
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.