1.Could you please tell me how many sexual assaults were recorded in hospitals in your area in each year since 2014?
2.Could you also please specify how many in each year were recorded as rape
3.If possible, could you also please tell me the types of wards or hospitals in which the assaults took place? Whether for instance they were in psychiatric hospitals, or children’s’ hospitals, etc.
Please be advised that the information that you have requested is not available in a readily retrievable format. In relation Question 3 – the type of Hospital the offences were recorded at as this is not a recording category within our systems.
The cost of compliance with the whole of 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(1) of the FOI 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.
Therefore the cost of providing you with the information is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information exceeds the ‘appropriate level’ as stated in the Freedom of Information (Fees and Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004.
In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a Refusal Notice for this part of the request and if one part of a request exceeds the fees limit then S12 of the Act applies to the whole request
However, In accordance with Section 16 of the Act I have a duty to provide advice and assistance in relation to your request and can provide information in relation to Question 1 and Question 2 where Hospital is recorded within the location category.as this was retrieved during our initial search. This should not be taken as a precedent that additional information would be supplied outside of the time/fees legislation for any subsequent requests
Further information on section 12 of FOI is available here: