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Police Buildings (1103A/20)

Request

1a) What buildings are currently occupied by West Midlands Police officers?

1b) What buildings are currently occupied by West Midlands Police staff?

1c) Which of these buildings are owned, which are leased and which are rented by West Midlands Police?

2a) Which police stations have been closed, operationally, over the last ten years

2b) When were each of these police stations closed?

3a) Which buildings have been sold by West Midlands Police since 2010, or since records began (whichever is the most recent)?

3b) For how much were they sold in each instance?

4a) What unoccupied buildings does West Midlands Police have within its portfolio?

4b) Which of them are for sale?

Requests 2-3 should cover the time period 2010 to 2020 (now); requests 1 and 4 should cover the point in time as close to your response as is reasonably possible.

In addition can you please also include

5) The team occupying each building

As per this previous FOI:

https://foi.west-midlands.police.uk/wmp-estate-2634_18/

And again covering the point in time as close to your response as is reasonably possible.

Response

Please find attached our response.

With reference to the information attached, it is important to note the following:

    • The term Police Station is defined by the Home Office and describes it as a police building which has a counter open to the public for at least part of the day.
    • Our Property Services does not control or determine when public facilities are made available at any police property.
    • The spreadsheet has been collated from returns produced at the end of each financial year for Accountancy, so the indicator advising of a public counter in operation is ‘as at 31 March’ for each year.
    • Sale values for certain properties have not been recorded, but are part of public record.

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.

In addition to the attached response, West Midlands Police will neither confirm nor deny that we hold any other information relevant to your request by virtue of the following exemption:

Section 31(3) – Law enforcement

This exemption and explanatory notes are shown here:

https://www.app.college.police.uk/app-content/information-management/freedom-of-information/#freedom-of-information-exemptions

In line with the above, I am required to complete a Prejudice Test/Public Interest Test (PIT) on disclosure. Please find this PIT attached (1103A_PIT).

Attachments

1103A_Attachment

1103A_PIT