Screened Out (18328/19)

Request

I am writing to request information under Freedom of Information laws.

May you please provide the following:

  • The total number of crimes reported to the force within the following time periods – 1st Jan –  30th September 2019, Jan 1st – 31st Dec 2018 and Jan 1st – 31st Dec 2017
  • The total number of crimes that were “screened out”. Please provide the information for the following time periods – 1st Jan –  30th September 2019, Jan 1st – 31st Dec 2018 and Jan 1st – 31st Dec 2017
  • ie in the calandar year 2018 (Jan 1st – 31st Dec 2018), 429,000 incidents were reported and 2,000 incidents were screened out and no further action was taken
  • May you please provide a breakdown of the types of crimes “screened out” i.e sexual assault, burgulary. Please provide the information for the following time periods – 1st Jan –  30th September 2019, Jan 1st – 31st Dec 2018 and Jan 1st – 31st Dec 2017
  • e in the calandar year 2018 (Jan 1st – 31st Dec 2018), 429,000 incidents were reported and 2,000 incidents were screened out and no further action was taken. Of the 2,000 incidents, 700 related to burgluary, 300 related to fraud/ forgery, 200 related to criminal damage etc.

Definition for clarity

  • “Screened out” – Crimes reported but no further action taken. Officers will carry out an initial routine exercise to find out basic information. This may include establishing what type of crime is being reported, whether there are any victims, and whether CCTV might be able to identify the criminal. Police then make a decision whether or not  to launch a full investigation.
  • Screened out crimes are where there is no evidence at the time in order to take the investigation further therefore the crime is screened out and will not have any further investigation unless other evidence comes to light.

If you believe the contents of any such files are exempt from disclosure, please provide summaries of any such exempt files.

If this request is denied in whole or in part, I ask that you justify all deletions and exemptions by reference to specific exemptions under the Freedom of Information Act.

Response

Please find data attached.

In addition to the attached response West Midlands Police can neither confirm nor deny that it holds any other information relevant to this request as the duty in Section 1(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not apply by virtue of the following exemption:

Section 23(5) Information supplied by, or concerning, certain Security Bodies

Section 23 is a class based absolute exemption and there is no requirement to consider the public interest in this case.

Confirming or denying the existence of whether any other information is held would contravene the constrictions laid out within Section 23 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in that this stipulates a generic bar on disclosure of any information applied by, or concerning, certain Security Bodies.

This exemption and explanatory notes is shown here:

https://www.app.college.police.uk/app-content/information-management/freedom-of-information/#freedom-of-information-exemptions

No inference can be taken from this refusal that any further information relevant to your request does or does not exist.

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