PNC Statistics (658A/22)
1a. How many people are currently wanted by your force on PNC?
1b. Please provide details on the offence/crime category.
2. How many people are currently listed as missing by your force on PNC?
3a. How many people are currently listed as ‘locate’ by your force on PNC?
3b. Please separate this data by the reason why the police would like to locate the individual.
4. If your force holds any nation-wide data for the above questions, please also provide national data for Q1-3.
Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide all of this information within the appropriate (cost) limit of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act (see ‘Reason for Decision’ below).
However, 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 658A_22_attachment.pdf*). 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.
*Please note, with regard to the information that we have been able to locate and retrieve, although the majority of this is attached, I am withholding some of that information since it is exempt by virtue of the following:
Section 31(1)(a)(b) (Law enforcement)
This exemption and explanatory notes are shown here:
In line with the above, I am required to complete a Prejudice Test/Public Interest Test (PIT) on disclosure. Please find this PIT attached.
Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.
The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.
If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.
REASON FOR DECISION
With regard to question 3b (reason why the police would like to locate the individual), the only way to determine this information is by manually reviewing every single report. Such a search however would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12).
This means that the cost of compliance with the whole of 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(1) of the FOI 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.
Further information on section 12 of FOI is available here: