West Bromwich Albion (8662/17)

Request

Under the Freedom of Information Act I request the following information about the  West Bromwich, West Midlands, area:

1)The average number of police officers in attendance inside The Hawthorns Stadium  during football games over the  past three seasons – per season and in a match day.

2)The number of arrests per game in the West Bromwich, West Midlands, area in the past three football seasons .

  1. The number of times police has been called in the area of The Hawthorns Stadium during a match day.

4)The average cost per game and per season for policing both inside The Hawthorns Stadium and outside the ground over the past three seasons overall and during a match day.

CLARIFICATION

For question 2:  Instead of “area” please consider West Bromwich in full but if possible only football related incidents.  If this is also too vague then consider only arrests that took place in Hawthorns Stadium during football games.

When I say police have been called I want the number of incidents.

Response

Please find attached our response.

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of incidents/crimes can be misleading and does not necessarily indicate the likelihood of someone being a victim of crime. In addition, the number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time can be influenced by a number of factors. Consequently statistics on incidents/crimes for one period may not necessarily be a good indicator of future incidents in that area.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

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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