Slavery / Trafficking Prevention and Risk Orders 9707/19

Request

Please can you tell me how many Slavery and Trafficking Prevention Orders (STPOs) and Slavery and Trafficking Risk Orders (STROs) West Midlands Police has successfully applied for in the last 3 years?

I would like the information to be provided in an Excel spreadsheet showing figures for June 2018 to May 2019, June 2017 to May 2018, June 2016 to May 2017and for figures to be broken down by local council area i.e. Dudley, Sandwell etc. (with town, not street address, of defendant if possible).

Response

Please be advised that the information that you have requested is not available in a readily retrievable format In relation to the Neighbourhood Policing Unit (Council Area) of the defendant. To research this information within our records would involve a manual search of all crimes of this nature and to create data, which under FOI we do not have an obligation to do so .

Some data is only available until September 2018 for the total of orders this is due to the fact  we do  not routinely collate this data, this is provided to us in a return from the Courts and is only supplied to us at intervals throughout the year. / at intervals.

 

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 the information requested for questions xxx as this was retrieved during our initial research. This should not be taken as a precedent that additional information would be supplied outside of the time/fees legislation for any subsequent requests

 If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

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