Professional Standards Department (181A/23)
(1) How many police officers currently work within your force’s Professional Standards Department (PSD)?
(2) How many police officers currently working within your PSD have had disciplinary proceedings against them upheld while working for the PSD? If so, please provide a brief summary about each case, including the reason(s) for the proceedings, the outcome and when this happened. I understand that personal information may need to be redacted.
(3) Between 01/01/22 and the day this request is processed, how many police officers have been dismissed from your PSD? Please state when this happened and the reason(s) why.
Q1 – 52
Q2 & Q3 – West Midlands Police will neither confirm nor deny the existence of any relevant information by virtue of Section 40(5B) (Personal information). This exemption is shown here: https://www.college.police.uk/app/information-management/freedom-information#foia-section-40-personal-information
Section 40(5B) is an absolute and class-based exemption if to confirm or deny that the information exists would breach the third party’s data protection rights. In this case to confirm or deny the existence of personal information would not constitute fair processing of the data. As this exemption is class based, I am not required to identify the harm in disclosure and in this instance, I believe that the right to privacy outweighs any public interest in release.
No inference can be taken from this refusal that the information you have requested does or does not exist.