Recruitment Vetting (4577_19)

Request

1) I want to find out the number of applicants who have applied to join your force in each of the last three years (1 April ¿ 31 March), and then the success rates by gender. I also want to find out what stage of the process they failed at by gender, please.

FORCE NAME 1.4.15 to 31.3.16 1.4.16 to 31.3.17 1.4.17 to 31.3.18
Male Female Male Female Male Female
Number of applicants for regular officer posts
Number failing application
Number failing assessment centre
Number failing fitness test
Number failing vetting
Final number passing selection
Final number recruited

2) Please can you supply the data to show how many officers, broken down by gender, have applied for promotion boards, passed any workplace assessments, and have then subsequently commenced temporary or substantive promotions in the given periods. The data should include any `detective¿ promotions too, if they are held separately please.

FORCE NAME 1.4.15 to 31.3.16 1.4.16 to 31.3.17 1.4.17 to 31.3.18
SGTS PROMOTION PROCESS Male Female Male Female Male Female
Number of applicants to apply to sit national Sgt exam
Number of applicants to withdraw from sitting national Sgt exam
Number of officers to pass national Sgt exam
Number of officers to apply for force promotion to Sgt
Number of officers to pass force selection for promotion to Sgt
Number of officers temporarily promoted to Sgt
Number of officers substantively promoted to Sgt

FORCE NAME 1.4.15 to 31.3.16 1.4.16 to 31.3.17 1.4.17 to 31.3.18
INSP PROMOTION PROCESS Male Female Male Female Male Female
Number of applicants to apply to sit national Insp exam
Number of applicants to withdraw from national Insp exam
Number of officers to pass national Insp exam
Number of officers to apply for force promotion to Insp
Number of officers to pass force selection for promotion to Insp
Number of officers temporarily promoted to Insp
Number of officers substantively promoted to Insp

FORCE NAME 1.4.15 to 31.3.16 1.4.16 to 31.3.17 1.4.17 to 31.3.18
CH INSP TO CH SUPTS PROMOTION PROCESSES Male Female Male Female Male Female
Number of applicants for promotion to Ch. Insp
Number of officers temporarily promoted to Ch. Insp
Number of officers substantively promoted to Ch Insp
Number of applicants for promotion to Supt
Number of officers temporarily promoted to Supt
Number of officers substantively promoted to Supt
Number of applicants for promotion to Ch.Supt
Number of officers temporarily promoted to Ch.Supt
Number of officers substantively promoted to Ch.Supt

3) Please include number by gender of both internal and external applicants if your force held any promotions for ACC/DCC/CC posts in the named periods. (If more than one process in any one rank in the same year, please add results together for that one rank and supply one number to each question)

FORCE NAME 1.4.15 to 31.3.16 1.4.16 to 31.3.17 1.4.17 to 31.3.18
CHIEF OFFICER PROMOTION PROCESSES Male Female Male Female Male Female
Number of applicants for ACC posts
Number of temporary ACC appointments commenced
Number of new substantive ACC appointments commenced
Number of applicants for DCC posts
Number of temporary DCC appointments commenced
Number of new substantive DCC appointments commenced
Number of applicants for CC posts
Number of temporary CC appointments commenced
Number of new substantive CC appointments commenced

4) Finally, I am interested in the gender of those serving in specific departments. If you are unable to supply in the format below, please supply in whatever format will allow me to understand the dedicated departments your force has, and the break-down of resources by gender please.

FORCE NAME As at 01.04.18
(or if not possible to supply for that date, please give the most recent data available and provide date)
Male Female
Number of regular officers on secondments outside of the force (all ranks)
Number of officers in firearms posts (all ranks)
Number of officers posted in dedicated traffic/roads policing units (all ranks)
Number of officers in dedicated public protection units (all ranks)
Number of officers in dedicated neighbourhood teams (all ranks)
Number of officers in response teams (all ranks)
Number of officers in serious & organised crime units (all ranks)
Number of officers in Professional Standards Departments (all ranks)
Number of officers in dedicated surveillance units(all ranks)

ACCEPTANCE OF COST OFFER

However rather than refusing your request outright at this stage, I would like to explore with you how West Midlands Police may best assist you to request relevant information which we hold. Within the cost limit we could conduct searches to provide Q1. Q2 with the exception to failing fitness and passing selection process Q3 and Q4 as recorded on our HR central systems.

Please note that any located information for Q4 might be subject to the application of exemptions under the Act (e.g. – Section 31 law enforcement)

Response

We can confirm that some relevant information is held by West Midlands Police. However, while the majority of the information is attached to this email I am afraid that I am not required to release all of the information requested. Please find attached a redacted document

REASONS FOR DECISION

The redacted information is exempt by virtue of the following exemptions

Section 31 (1) (a) (b) (c) (Law enforcement)

These exemptions 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.

Evidence of Harm

West Midlands Police (WMP) are charged with enforcing the law, preventing and detecting crime and protecting the communities we serve. To release the requested information causes a significant risk to future law enforcement capability of the force and place members of the public at risk or harm. To disclose this information could lead to deliberate and malicious actions to divert police resources in areas where officer numbers are lower in number.

Officer numbers is a highly contentious and emotive subject and it is important that disclosures under the Freedom of Information Act do nothing to endanger our frontline colleagues. Although this request may superficially seem to cause no problems, disclosures on officer numbers can have a cumulative effect, enabling reasonably accurate mapping to be produced over a period of time. As this request was submitted nationally every forces information would be different, as would the local issues affecting disclosure resulting in various degrees of harm.

WMP has a duty to prevent crime, apprehend and prosecute offenders and carry out the administration of justice. By disclosing the requested information would impact on the force’s operational and tactical capabilities and any potential vulnerability.

It has to be remembered that the threat from terrorism cannot be ignored. It should be recognised that the international security landscape is increasingly complex and unpredictable. The UK faces a sustained threat from violent terrorists and extremists and the current national threat level to the UK is ‘severe’.

The security of the country is of paramount importance and we will not divulge information if to do so would place the safety of an individual at risk or undermine national security.

Public Interest Test

Factors favouring disclosure for Section 31

WMP are accountable to the public for the efficient resourcing, training and budgeting of specialist units and departments, so that the public can be content that our force is fulfilling its responsibility to protect and serve our communities. It is in the public interest to know that the force have sufficient resources.

Factors favouring non-disclosure for Section 31

Disclosing the requested information would be to disclose the force’s capabilities and any vulnerability which would compromise law enforcement and place members of the public at risk. The disclosure of this information could lead to deliberate and malicious attacks to divert police resources in areas where officer numbers are lower or may expose a weakness which could be taken advantage of by the criminal fraternity. By revealing any tactical or operational information would prejudice law enforcement which would endanger the safety of both members of the public and officers concerned.

Release of the information would provide the criminal fraternity with valuable information that would assist them with their activities, allowing them the opportunity to alter their behaviour to avoid detection.

Balance test

The most persuasive reason for disclosure, which is accountability, needs to be weighed against the most persuasive reason for non-disclosure, which in this case is that law enforcement capabilities and national security could be compromised placing members of the public at risk.

WMP is accountable for the spending of public money. However, we must protect any information that would negatively impact on any operation or reveal our tactical capabilities. Public safety and effective law enforcement is of paramount importance to Staffordshire Police and we will not divulge any information if to do so would place the safety of an individual at risk or undermine the prevention or detection of crime, thereby assisting those persons intent on committing crime.

Therefore, the decision has been made to not disclose the information not provided.

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