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Staff Roles (13715_17)


I would like to submit the following Freedom of Information requests, which should cover the calendar years. 2015, 2016 and 2017 up to the 1st December, even if this is just a predicted figure.

 Q1.How many employees does your organisation employ (full time equivalent) where their primary function covers the following disciplines:

 a)    Public Relations

b)    Human Resources

c)     Communications

d)    Security (I am looking for security guards or similar who are not police officers or PCSOs). This should also include those contracted in by your force from other organisations such G4S.


We can confirm that information of relevance to your request is held by West Midlands Police. However, whilst the majority of information is attached to this e-mail, I am afraid that I am not required by statute to release all of the information requested, namely the number of security guards, externally contracted or otherwise. For the information that is not being disclosed, this e-mail serves as a Refusal Notice under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.


The Freedom of Information Act places two responsibilities on public authorities, the first of which is to confirm what information it holds and secondly to then disclose that information, unless exemptions apply.

In this case, the information that has not been disclosed is exempt by virtue of the following exemptions

  • Section 31 (1) (a) (Law enforcement)
  • Section 38 (1) (a) (b) (Health and safety)

These exemptions and explanatory notes are shown here:

In line with the above, I am required to complete a Prejudice Test/Public Interest Test (PIT) on disclosure. Please find this PIT attached.