Stalking Protection Orders ( 851A/21 and 969A/21 )
Please can you breakdown this information for the following time period: 20 January 2020 to 31 April 2021.
1) On how many (unique) occasions did your force apply for a Stalking Protection Order or interim Stalking Protection Order over this period?
Please can you breakdown this information in terms of the total number of Stalking Protection orders applied for; the total number of interim Stalking Protection orders applied for; how many of these orders were exclusive to cases of so called ‘stranger stalking’ and how many were related to a domestic abuse, or ‘other’ context.
Can you also breakdown the information by the age and gender of the person the order was intended to protect (i.e. the stalking ‘victim’) and the age/gender of the ‘stalker’.
Over this time period, how many Stalking Protection Orders were breached?
How many interim Stalking Protection Orders were breached?
What was the average length of time (in days) it took for your force- upon notification of a breach occurring- to arrest a person who, without reasonable excuse, breached a Stalking Protection Order on an interim Stalking Protection Order?
What was the longest length of time (in days) it took for your force- upon notification of a breach occurring- to arrest a person who, without reasonable excuse, breached a Stalking Protection Order on an interim Stalking Protection Order?
In relation to my request sent on 29 May regarding stalking protection orders, could you also please confirm how many of the identified stalking protection orders/interim orders your force applied for over the requested period were granted?
We can confirm that some relevant information is held by West Midlands Police. However, we are withholding that information since it is exempt by virtue of the following exemptions
Section 31 (1) (a) (b) – Law enforcement
Section 30 (1) (a) – Investigations
Section 40(2) – Personal Information
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 within the attached.
Section 40 (2) allows for personal data to be withheld where release would breach the third party’s data protection rights. It would be unfair to release this information where any person could be identified from the data and in this case the right to privacy outweighs any public interest in release