Dear West Midlands Police,

I'm writing to request quarterly figures going back to 2016 on the number of occasions on which officers from this police service were called to licensed gambling premises. In particular i'm seeking:-

1. The number of callouts, broken down by quarter.
2. The number of arrests made as a result of these callouts.
3. If possible, the costs incurred in each quarter as a result of the callouts.

Yours faithfully,

Rob Davies

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Dear Mr Davies

 

FOI Request Reference: 13891/19

 

Thank you for your request for information, received 12 August 2019.

 

REQUEST

 

I'm writing to request quarterly figures going back to 2016 on the number
of occasions on which officers from this police service were called to
licensed gambling premises. In particular I’m seeking:-

 

1. The number of callouts, broken down by quarter.

2. The number of arrests made as a result of these callouts.

3. If possible, the costs incurred in each quarter as a result of the
callouts.

 

RESPONSE

 

Unfortunately 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).

 

REASON FOR DECISION

 

Q3 - This information is not held

 

Q1 & Q2 - We do not have a location marker on our incident recording
system. Therefore in order to try and determine the number of call outs to
premises of this type (and the subsequent number of arrests), we would
need to manually review every incident log created since 2016. This
however would involve the examination of hundreds of thousands of logs and
such a search would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12).

 

This means that 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
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dennis fallon left an annotation ()

Rob,sadly,despite spending 33 million upgrading their Headquarters and systems they can store but cannot retrieve data.You have identified a serious problem that the people in charge don`t wish to understand, and the police have a policy of deleting all stories very quickly so that they cannot be later referred to as evidence.QUOTE from police news website Dec 2 2019, " Chris King was shown on CCTV in the Coral branch on East Meadway, Tile Hill, on the evening of 31 October 2019 and stormed out after squandering cash on a fruit machine.King, of no fixed address, smashed a security glass panel – leaving one staff member with a cut head – and reached over the counter having grabbed just over £100 from a till.He went on to admit robbery and assault and at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday (29 Nov) was jailed for 40 months. “We traced the white bike King used to a nearby cul-de-sac where he was arrested inside a flat. We also found a ‘declined’ receipt showing King had tried to use a bank card to continue playing on the fruit machine before he stormed out. “King has a £100 a day heroin habit and there is little doubt he would have continued offending in order to fund that addiction, so it was important we managed to get him in police custody before he could commit further offences.”
QUESTION why the police seek to delete these stories as quickly as possibly and have their data so disorganised that they cannot see the big picture.The guy had gambled away every penny he had and felt forced into crime yet ZERO help or positive imput from the Police (who praise themselves for being `clever`in catching him so easily) or the courts who just lock him up for a few months until he comes out as does the same again.We all know which PM deregulated the gambling industry and the consequences, which the authorities refuse to deal with, are devastating.WELL DONE posting the question, but the response of ignorance is no surprise.
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