I request that a copy of the following documents [or documents containing the following information] be provided to me via electronic copies:
– details of the ten most expensive police investigations between January 2015 and June 2016, including the total cost, number of police involved in the case, the crime, date of the incident, equipment used (i.e. two tasers), whether it has been solved or a suspect caught, the result of any court action.
Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information. Our financial system does not hold the information of when an investigation / operation started. Unless specific investigation / operation names can be supplied then the costs would come under the business as usual heading and would not be separately identifiable.
Please note that researching each individual case would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12 (1)).
Therefore, 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.
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.
I am unable to suggest any practical way in which your request may be modified in order to satisfy your query or bring it within the 18 hours stipulated by the Regulations. I am however willing to consider any refinements that you are able to make to your request.