Staff Absence (3986/18)

Request

  1. How many police staff / police officers have taken absence / sick leave due to mental health issues or psychological disorders
  2. The number of police staff / police officers who have had contact with the occupational health department as a result of mental health issues or psychological disorders
  3. The number of police staff / police officers referred to counselling
  4. The number of police staff / police officers medically retired due to mental health issues or psychological disorders

I request that the information is provided as a breakdown per calendar year for the last 5 full years, namely 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Response

Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information within the appropriate (cost) limit within the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act (see ‘Reason for Decision’ below).

Although excess cost removes the force’s obligations under the Freedom of Information Act, as a gesture of goodwill I have supplied information, relative to your request, retrieved before it was realised that the fees limit would be exceeded (please see attached). I trust this is helpful, but it does not affect our legal right to rely on the fees regulations for the remainder of the request.

REASON FOR DECISION

Please note that researching each individual case would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12 (1)).

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 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.

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