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How many missing person reports have been made for people suffering with Alzheimer's disease? (FOI 0012.2019-20)

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Request:

For the calendar years 2016, 2017 and 2018, could you please tell me  

1) How many missing person reports have been made for people suffering with Alzheimer’s disease  

2) My research involves finding out how much time cash-strapped police forces have to spend searching for people with Alzheimer’s. Would it be possible for you to provide me with the average amount of TIME and COST dedicated to a missing-person report of this type so that I can multiply through by number of missing person reports?  

3) For the year 2018, could you please provide me with details of the first 3 missing-person cases in Jaunary for people with dementia? I accept that of course the reports will need to be redacted in order to protect private details.

Response:

Extent of Searches to Locate Information

Following receipt of your request searches were conducted within North Yorkshire Police to locate relevant information.

Decision

I am not obliged to provide you with a response to your request pursuant to Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act). Please note that when one part of your request falls under Section 12, we are not obliged to review the rest of the questions and the whole request is therefore exempt.

Section 12(1) applies to your request as the cost of complying with your request is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond i.e. the cost of identifying and retrieving any relevant information exceeds the ‘appropriate level’ as stated in the Freedom of Information (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004.

Due to the nature of our recording systems the information requested, if held, is not in an easily retrievable format.

To provide figures on the number of missing person reports we had had for people suffering with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia in 2018, it would be necessary to manually review each record to see whether it was recorded that the individual had Alzheimer / dementia and that that was the reason they individual had gone missing.

This would involve reading through thousands of reports over the 3 years, which would exceed the time limit allowed under the Act.

In addition, we do not record the average amount of TIME and COST dedicated to a missing-person report, as this is just part of everyday policing.

Pursuant to Section 17(5) of the Freedom of Information Act this letter acts as a Refusal Notice.

 

Pursuant to Section 16 of the Act I am required to offer you advice and assistance with regarding to refining your request to within the ‘appropriate limit’ (time/cost limit). The total number of missing persons for the 3 years. If you wish to discuss this please do not hesitate to contact me.

Please note that systems used for recording information are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data. It should be noted therefore that this force’s response to your questions should not be used for comparison purposes with any other responses you may receive.

Last modified: August 13, 2019