Roads Policing Officers (2483/17)

Request

I am writing to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act for information about the number of roads policing officers and fixed penalty notices being issued to speeding drivers.

 1) How many traffic police officers or roads policing officers has the force employed for each of the following years:

  1. i) 2014
  2. ii) 2015

iii) 2016

  1. iv) 2017 to date

2) How many volunteers are there in the force area who are trained to operate speed guns as part of residents¿ groups or `Community Speedwatch’ groups?

Please provide the figure for each of the following calendar years:

  1. i) 2014
  2. ii) 2015

iii) 2016

  1. iv) 2017 to date

3) Please state the number of warning letters that have been sent to drivers by your force warning them that they have been recorded as speeding, based on speed readings taken by a volunteer or member of a community speed watch group.

Please provide the figure for each of the following calendar years:

  1. i) 2014
  2. ii) 2015

iii) 2016

  1. iv) 2017 to date

4) Please provide a breakdown of how many fixed penalty notices or `speeding tickets¿, have been issued to motorists caught exceeding the legal speed limit by:

A – static speed cameras

B – hand-held speed guns

C – mobile police safety camera vans

Please provide these figures for each of the following calendar years:

  1. i) 2014
  2. ii) 2015

iii) 2016

  1. iv) 2017 to date

If my request is denied in whole or in part, I ask that you justify all deletions to specific exemptions of the act.

Response

Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information. We do not have a central database that records what is being asked in questions 2 or 3.

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.

Although excess cost removes the force’s obligations under the Freedom of Information Act, as a gesture of goodwill I have supplied information, relative to your request, retrieved before it was realised that the fees limit would be exceeded (see attached). I trust this is helpful, but it does not affect our legal right to rely on the fees regulations for the remainder of the request.

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