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FOI 0502.2018-19 How many people tried to hand themselves into police at your force in 2017?

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Request:

1)How many people tried to hand themselves into police at your force in 2017?

2)How many people weren’t able to hand themselves in after phoning police/walking into a police station (due to staff shortages etc).

 

Response:

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.

Our information retrieval process generally relies on a computer ran report which captures any information recorded upon the surface of a record or within specified fields. Where relevant information is held deeper in the record, or outside of a specified field, a manual assessment is usually required to retrieve that information.

This type of information is not categorised upon on system in a searchable manner. This type of information could be recorded in a number of ways and in a number of places upon our incident management system. It would involve a manual assessment of a considerably large amount of files in order to determine any relevant information. This process would take a time far exceeding the appropriate limit as stated within the FOIA regulations.

Pursuant to Section 16 of the Act I am required to offer you advice and assistance with regards to refining your request to within the ‘appropriate limit’ (time/cost limit). However, for the reasons explained above, I am unable to suggest how your request may be refined and still receive information for a reasonable period of time.

 

Last modified: October 3, 2018