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U18 Victims (98A/20)

Request

  1. How many reports of crime were received between 01-01-18 and 01-01-19 where U18s were the victim?
  2. How many of these reports were committed at the workplace?

Response

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

However, 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 (see as follows). 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.

Total number of offences recorded during the period 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018 where Victim Age was under 18 = 21,224

REASON FOR DECISION

We do not have a marker or field on our crime recording system that allows us to identify whether an offence occurred in a workplace. Therefore in order to try and determine the information for question 2, we would need to manually review each of the 21,224 cases where a Victim was recorded as being under 18 years of age. Please note that researching each individual case would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12).

This means that 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.

Further information on section 12 of FOI is available here:

https://www.app.college.police.uk/app-content/information-management/freedom-of-information/#fees-and-charges

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