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S60 Orders (820A/22)


I am writing to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Please can you provide the following information for every month between April 2017 and March 2022 – broken down on a monthly basis:

 The number of Section 60 orders that were put in place

Of these – How many were extended to the maximum time of 39 hours?

  • How many were in place for longer than 39 hours?
  • The number of people who were stopped and searched under Section 60 orders

Of these – How many resulted in an arrest?

  • How many stop and searches fell into the following ethnicities: White, Black (or Black British), Asian (or Asian British), Other Ethnic Group, Mixed, Not stated / Unknown


Please find attached our response in relation to the second part of your request – the number of people who were stopped and searched under S60 orders.  In relation to the first part of your request – the number of S60 orders that were put in place, under section 21 of the Act, we are not required to provide information in response to a request if it is already reasonably accessible to you. The information you requested is available on the following website:

Section 60 Authorisations – West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner (

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.