Firearms Crime Statistics for Cheshire

Dominic Davis-Foster made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Cheshire Constabulary

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Dominic Davis-Foster

Dear Cheshire Constabulary,

I am writing to make a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Please could you tell me, for your force area and for each of the last 10 years that you are able to, the following:
• Number of deaths due to .22” bullets
• Number of injuries due to .22” bullets
• Number of other incidents involving legally held .22” firearms
• Number of arrests relating to .22” firearms (legally and illegally held)
• Number of convictions arising from offences involving .22” firearms (legally and illegally held)
• Number of unsolved cases involving .22” firearms
• Number of air weapons seized that use a self-contained gas cartridge, also called “tandem air cartridge” (TAC) or “Brocock”
• Number of .22” firearms held on firearm certificates

Please could you also tell me the calibres and brands of ammunition used by the force’s AFOs, both while training and while on duty.

If this request is too wide or unclear, I would be grateful if you could contact me as I understand that under the Act, you are required to advise and assist requesters. If any of this information is already in the public domain, please can you direct me to it, with page references and URLs if necessary.

I understand that you are required to respond to my request within the 20 working days after you receive this request. I would be grateful if you could confirm that you have received this request.

Yours faithfully,

Dominic Davis-Foster

Freedom of Information, Cheshire Constabulary

Dear Sir/Madam

I acknowledge receipt of your correspondence received 29/09/2017 which is
being dealt with as a request for information in accordance with the
Freedom of Informaiton Act 2000.
I am in the process of dealing with your request and will respond in due
course and in any case by 27/10/2017.

Please contact us by email
at [1][email address] if you have any
further enquiries.

Regards

Freedom of Information Officer
Information Compliance
Cheshire Constabulary HQ
Clemonds Hey
Oakmere Road
Winsford
Cheshire
CW7 2UA

Tel :: 01606 366556

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Dear Mr Davis-Foster

 

REQUEST

Please could you tell me, for your force area and for each of the last 10
years that you are able to, the following:

    1• Number of deaths due to .22" bullets

    2• Number of injuries due to .22" bullets

    3• Number of other incidents involving legally held .22" firearms

    4• Number of arrests relating to .22" firearms (legally and illegally
held)

    5• Number of convictions arising from offences involving .22" firearms
(legally and illegally held)

    6• Number of unsolved cases involving .22" firearms

    7• Number of air weapons seized that use a self-contained gas
cartridge, also called "tandem air cartridge" (TAC) or "Brocock"

    8• Number of .22" firearms held on firearm certificates

 Please could you also tell me the calibres and brands of ammunition used
by the force's AFOs, both while training and while on duty.

RESPONSE

 

From our preliminary assessment we are unable to provide this as it would
exceed the appropriate costs limit under section 12 of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. This is currently £450. The basis for this
calculation is the cost of retrieving and locating the data to answer your
questions.

 

The Calibre and brands of ammunition used in a crime is not always
recorded on the police systems.  However, with regards to question 3 in
particular would require a manual trawl through all crimes/incidents
relating to weapons.  There were in excess of 150 crimes in 2013-16 (just
3 years of data) involving a Firearm.  To then obtain conviction data
would require cross referencing with our Police national computer to
establish if conviction was successful, this is likely to take an
additional 10 minutes per record. Therefore it is estimated to take 15-20
minutes per record equating to in excess of 37 hours, this exceeds the
appropriate limit and your entire request is therefore refused.

 

Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 requires the Cheshire
Constabulary, when refusing to provide such information (because the
information is exempt) to provide you with a notice which a) states that
fact, b) specifies the exemption in question and c) states (if that would
not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption applies.

 

The appropriate limit is defined in the Data Protection and Freedom of
Information (Fees and Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004, which is
covered by statutory Instrument Number 3244 of 2004. Furthermore, Section
12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 allows a public authority to
refuse to respond to a request for information where the cost of
compliance would exceed the appropriate limit as defined by the above
mentioned regulations.

 

Unfortunately I am unable to offer you any alternative to provide you with
meaningful statistics on this occasion. 

 

If you are not satisfied with the decision applied in this case I enclose
for your attention a copy of the Constabulary's appeal procedures.

 

Regards

 

 

 

Sarah Davies, Freedom of Information Officer

Information Management| Cheshire Constabulary HQ | Clemonds Hey |

Oakmere Road | Winsford | Cheshire | CW7 2UA |

(Office: 01606 366556 | 

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