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S136 MHA (13867/19)


a.       How many people were arrested by your force and put under a “Place of Safety” under the Mental Health Act [Section 136]?

 b.       How many of these people were eventually sectioned under the Mental Health Act by a doctor or social worker?

 c.       I would like these figures from the 1st January to the 31st December for 2018 and 1st January 2019 to the 31st July 2019.

 d.       I would like these figures broken down into

 i         age groups [e.g. 0-10; 11-20; 21-30 etc]

 ii.       ethnic groups [Asian, African, African-Caribbean, Chinese, white etc]

 e.       What training, if any, do officers receive in dealing with people who have mental illnesses?


Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information within the appropriate (cost) limit within the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act (see ‘Reason for Decision’ below).

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.


Please note that researching each individual case would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12).  This information is not electronically recorded, therefore we would need to conduct a manual search which would exceed the FOI time limit.

The cost of compliance with the whole of 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(1) of the FOI 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.

Further information on section 12 of FOI is available here: