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Search Warrants (624_18)


I would like to know how many search warrants, West Midlands Police have executed for the following dates:

November 28th 2013 –
November 27th 2014

November 28th 2014 –
November 27th 2015

November 28th 2015 –
November 27th 2016

November 28th 2016 –
November 27th 2017


Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information. Data for search warrants is not centrally collated.  Therefore to find the number would require a manual search to see what data is held. Please note that researching each individual case in this way would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12 (1)).


This means that 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.


Unfortunately, due to the volume of data involved I am unable to suggest a way in which you can refine your request so that meaningful data can be extracted within the 18 hour time frame allowed for location and retrieval of information.


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