I would like to know, since 2006 how many West Midlands Police dogs have died while with the force.
I would like to know the cause of each dog’s death and the circumstances in which it died. I would also like to know the name, age and breed of each dog as well as its role – how specifically it aided police – and date of death.
If possible, I would also like to know if anyone was held accountable for each death and any disciplinary action that was taken and who against.
I would like each case set out individually.
I was looking to find out the details of all dogs that had died, so that would include illness/natural causes. I would also want details of dogs put to sleep by advice of a vet or by order of the police along with dogs which died by any other means, such as during police operations.
Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information.
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.