Police Officer Leavers (1059A/23)
How many police officers have left the service, resigning, retirement, redundancy or sacking, in the last year.
This information is exempt by virtue of Section 22(1) of the Freedom of Information Act (Information intended for future publication). Details of this exemption can be found here:
Under section 22 of the Act, we are not required to provide information in response to a request if it is already scheduled to be released into the public domain.
While release of this information may enhance public knowledge of this area, to respond to this request at this time would require the information to be retrieved and collated and would involve a disproportionate use of resources. In addition, uncoordinated release of this information before the data are properly verified could result in the release of misleading data.
All forces in England and Wales are required to submit workforce data to the Home Office. They in turn, analyse and publish the results on their website at both a national and force level. The information you requested is part of this publication and will be available in due course on the Home Office website at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/police-workforce-england-and-wales
Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 requires West Midlands Police, when refusing to provide information by way of exemption to give the applicant a notice which (a) states that fact, (b) specifies the exemption in question, and (c) states why the exemption applies. In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 this letter acts as a refusal notice for this request.