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Police Officers, Volunteers and staff assaulted (720A/22)


The number of West Midlands Police Officers, Volunteers and staff that were assaulted in the year 2020 – 2021 and during 2021 – 2022.


Please be advised that the information that you have requested is not available in a readily retrievable format. In relation to whether the individual was an officer, volunteer or police staff, each crime would need to be located and retrieved and manually read to see if the summary contained the role of the individual.

Therefore, the cost of providing you with the information is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information exceeds the ‘appropriate level’ as stated in the Freedom of Information (Fees and Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a Refusal Notice for this part of the request and if one part of a request exceeds the fees limit then S12 of the Act applies to the whole request

However, in accordance with Section 16 of the Act I have a duty to provide advice and assistance in relation to your request and can provide information the total of violence against the person (police) crimes by year, please see below.


Years Total
2020-2021 1941
2021-2022 2324
Grand Total 4265


This should not be taken as a precedent that additional information would be supplied outside of the time/fees legislation for any subsequent requests

Further information on section 12 of FOI is available here: