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Safer Neighbourhood (10739_17)


  1. How many officers were allocated as members of safer neighbourhood policing teams as of (i) 1.4.16 and (ii) 1.4.17?
  2. How many PCSOs were allocated as members of safer neighbourhood policing teams as of (i) 1.4.16 and (ii) 1.4.17?
  3. How many, if any, patrol bases did you have for your safer neighbour policing teams as of (i) 1.4.16 and (ii) 1.4.17?
  4. How many officers were allocated as a Prevent Strategy officer as of (i) 1.4.16 and (ii) 1.4.17?


Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide an accurate meaningful response to question 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.


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 the searches on our HR system and provide a response to questions 1,2 & 4


Please note that any located information for question 4 might be subject to the application of exemptions under the Act (e.g. – S24(1) and S31(1).


To enable us to proceed with your request, I would be grateful if you could confirm whether you wish us to provide the information outlined above or failing this, you may wish to refine your request yourself if you have an alternative proposal. Please be advised that a request arising from a suggested alternative proposal will need to be assessed to ensure that it can be dealt with in its entirety without exceeding the appropriate limit. (Section 12 FOIA).


After receiving your reply, your request will be considered and you will receive a response within the statutory timescale of 20 working days, as defined by the Act, subject to the application of any statutory exemptions. If you choose not to respond then your request will remain unanswered.


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