- How many missing children cases were reported from April 1st 2013 – March 31st 2014
- How many missing children cases have been reported from 1st April 2013 – September 30th 2014
- How many outstanding missing children cases are there currently?
- How many of the missing children cases (in all three questions above) are suspected/known to be related to ‘Child Sexual Exploitation’?
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 (see attached file). 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.
Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information for question 4. To find out how many of the attached missing children reports are related to reports of Child Sexual Exploitation would require a search of each individual case. 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.