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Wrongful Arrest (3727/19)


How much money has been paid out in compensation by your force for wrongful arrests from January 1, 2015 to February 15, 2019?


Can I get those figures broken down by calendar year.


What were the offences the arrested people were suspected of committing?


How many people were paid compensation by your force in each of those years?


What was the total budget for your force in each of those years?


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).


I am unable to suggest any practical way in which your request may be modified in order to satisfy your query or bring it within the 18 hours stipulated by the Regulations. I am however willing to consider any refinements that you are able to make to your request, in accordance with Section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act.  If you would like to look into refining your request please contact me.




Please note that researching each individual case would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12). We do not separately record claims that are solely for wrongful arrests.


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:


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