Harry Broadhurst

Dear West Midlands Police,

Please provide me with the following information;

1. The number of detainees booked into each of the force custody suites for the 12-month period from 1 July 2019 to 31 May 2020 - broken down to monthly figures.

2. For each of the designated custody facilities, and broken down monthly for the same period as point 1, the average (mean, not percentile) time between:
a) Time of PACE arrest to the arrival time at the designated custody facility.
b) Time of arrival at the designated custody facility to the time the custody record commences.
c) Time of the commencement of the custody record to its closure. (custody record opening to detainee being bailed, RUI, charged or had bail denied/remanded in police detention following a charge). In relation to this, we mean the physical hours the detained person is physically on the 'PACE Clock' - do not include days on bail etc.

As these times are required in PACE, they should be available on the NSPIS/OASIS custody system or force equivalent.

Yours faithfully,

Harry Broadhurst

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Dear Mr Broadhurst

 

FOI Request Reference: 252A/20

 

Thank you for your request for information, received 01/06/2020.

 

REQUEST

 

1. The number of detainees booked into each of the force custody suites
for the 12-month period from 1 July 2019 to 31 May 2020 - broken down to
monthly figures.

 

2. For each of the designated custody facilities, and broken down monthly
for the same period as point 1, the average (mean, not percentile) time
between:

     a) Time of PACE arrest to the arrival time at the designated custody
facility.

     b) Time of arrival at the designated custody facility to the time the
custody record commences.

     c) Time of the commencement of the custody record to its closure.
(custody record opening to detainee being bailed, RUI, charged or had bail
denied/remanded in police detention following a charge). In relation to
this, we mean the physical hours the detained person is physically on the
'PACE Clock' - do not include days on bail etc.

 

As these times are required in PACE, they should be available on the
NSPIS/OASIS custody system or force equivalent.

 

RESPONSE

 

Please find data attached.

 

In addition to the attached response West Midlands Police can neither
confirm nor deny that it holds any other information relevant to this
request as the duty in Section 1(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act
2000 does not apply by virtue of the following exemption:

 

Section 23(5) Information supplied by, or concerning, certain Security
Bodies

 

Section 23 is a class based absolute exemption and there is no requirement
to consider the public interest in this case.

 

Confirming or denying the existence of whether any other information is
held would contravene the constrictions laid out within Section 23 of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 in that this stipulates a generic bar on
disclosure of any information applied by, or concerning, certain Security
Bodies.

 

This exemption and explanatory notes is shown here:

 

https://www.app.college.police.uk/app-co...

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Harry Broadhurst

Dear West Midlands Police,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of West Midlands Police's handling of my FOI request 'Custody timings'.

The information relating to neighbouring Staffordshire Police has already been passed to us and so how can one force consider the information a security issue and one force not?

The information I am requesting would not identify persons involved or in any way put security at risk. We are simply asking for the number of people arrested and the timing from arrest to custody etc.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...

Yours faithfully,

Harry Broadhurst

Freedom of Information,

Dear Mr Broadhurst

 

FOI Internal Review Reference: 408A/20

 

Thank you for your correspondence, received 26/06/2020 where you requested
West Midlands Police to review its response to your request for
information under reference number 252A/20.

 

On 01/06/20 you requested the following:

1. The number of detainees booked into each of the force custody suites
for the 12-month period from 1 July 2019 to 31 May 2020 - broken down to
monthly figures. 

2. For each of the designated custody facilities, and broken down monthly
for the same period as point 1, the average (mean, not percentile) time
between:

     a) Time of PACE arrest to the arrival time at the designated custody
facility.

     b) Time of arrival at the designated custody facility to the time the
custody record commences.

     c) Time of the commencement of the custody record to its closure.
(custody record opening to detainee being bailed, RUI, charged or had bail
denied/remanded in police detention following a charge). In relation to
this, we mean the physical hours the detained person is physically on the
'PACE Clock' - do not include days on bail etc. 

 

The force responded on 26^th June 2020 under reference 252A/20 and
provided the information requested.  In addition the force advised that we
could neither confirm nor deny that any other information was held by
virtue of the following exemption: 

Section 23(5) Information supplied by, or concerning, certain Security
Bodies

REQUEST

You have requested an internal review of the force response on the
following basis:

That the information relating to neighbouring Staffordshire Police has
already been passed to you and so how can one force consider the
information a security issue and one force not?

And, the information you are requesting would not identify persons
involved or in any way put security at risk. As you are simply asking for
the number of people arrested and the timing from arrest to custody etc.

RESPONSE

The response has now been reviewed and the force maintains that your
request was responded to on a proper basis. The information that you
requested was provided to you in an attachment.

And a link was provided for your understanding of the addition of a
partial NCND by virtue of Section 23.

Further information in relation to the application of a partial NCND can
be found here:

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In relation to information supplied to you by other organisations, please
be advised that Police forces in the United Kingdom are routinely required
to provide services and record information. However, the procedures used
for providing these services and the systems used to record information
are not generic. It should be noted that for these reasons this force's
response to your questions should not be used for comparison purposes with
any other response you may receive.

In relation to identifying individuals, the force has not advised that the
information would identify individuals, and has provided the number of
people arrested and the timings from arrest to custody etc. as requested.

 

I hope that this is of assistance.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
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Yours sincerely,

 

Mrs R Williams

 

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Lloyd House l West Midlands Police

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Harry Broadhurst

Dear Freedom of Information,

My apologies and thank you for your assistance. I missed the attachment with the information in your initial response and only read that you were applying the exemption to provide information.

Yours sincerely,

Harry Broadhurst