1. In the past 3 years, how many sex offenders have changed their name since being placed on the sex offenders register?
2. How many offenders committed further crimes under their new identity?
If you are unable to source the figures for question 2, please answer question 1.
Please break down the figures by calendar year for 2016, 2015, 2014.
Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information. Our search does not enable us to break down into the separate groups as given as examples above. To identify which nominals have changed their name and then to further identify how many have gone on to commit further crimes would involve going into each individual record, of which there in excess of 2000. We would then need to complete a corresponding PNC check to establish whether the nominal has committed a further criminal offence post changing their name.
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.
I am unable to suggest any practical way in which your request may be modified in order to satisfy your query or bring it within the 18 hours stipulated by the Regulations. I am however willing to consider any refinements that you are able to make to your request.