Freedom of Information: time held in custody

Claire Wilde made this Freedom of Information request to Warwickshire Police as part of a batch sent to 43 authorities

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The request was refused by Warwickshire Police.

Dear Sir/Madam,

My name is Sarah and I am using a WhatDoTheyKnowAccount shared with my colleagues Harriet Clugston and Claire Wilde. I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information:

For the calendar years of 2019 and 2020, I would like you to provide me with the number of people booked into the force’s custody suites following an arrest, broken down by month. I would like you to provide me with the age, sex and ethnicity of each detainee as well as the crime or power under which they were detained.

For each detainee, I would like you to provide me with the time of arrival at the designated custody facility and the time of their custody record’s closure, regardless of whether the outcome was bail, RUI, a charge or any other outcome. I am seeking only the time arriving in and leaving custody detention so please do not include days on bail etc.

For each detainee, please provide the total number of time spent in police custody in minutes

I would appreciate the information in spreadsheet format if possible. If there is any way in which you would like me to refine or explain my request further, please let me know.

Yours Sincerely,

Sarah Wilson

@ Freedom of Information, Warwickshire Police

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@ Freedom of Information, Warwickshire Police

Dear Sarah Wilson,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 509-2021

I write in connection with your request for information which was received on 04/06/2021. Your request will now be considered in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“the Act”).

We will make every effort to provide a response to your request within 20 working days as stipulated by the Act.

There may be a fee payable for the retrieval, collation and provision of the information you request. If this is the case you will be informed and the 20 working day timescale will be suspended until we receive payment from you. If you chose not to make payment then your request will be withdrawn.

Some requests may also require either full or partial transference to another public authority in order to answer your query in the fullest possible way. Again, you will be informed if this is the case.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please contact the Freedom of Information Unit via letter or email, quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Team
Information & Compliance Department
Warwickshire Police
PO Box 4
Leek Wootton
Warwickshire
CV35 7QB

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@ Freedom of Information, Warwickshire Police

Dear Sarah Wilson,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 509-2021

I write in connection with your request for information which was received on 04/06/2021. Your request will now be considered in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“the Act”).

We will make every effort to provide a response to your request within 20 working days as stipulated by the Act.

There may be a fee payable for the retrieval, collation and provision of the information you request. If this is the case you will be informed and the 20 working day timescale will be suspended until we receive payment from you. If you chose not to make payment then your request will be withdrawn.

Some requests may also require either full or partial transference to another public authority in order to answer your query in the fullest possible way. Again, you will be informed if this is the case.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please contact the Freedom of Information Unit via letter or email, quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Team
Information & Compliance Department
Warwickshire Police
PO Box 4
Leek Wootton
Warwickshire
CV35 7QB

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@ Freedom of Information, Warwickshire Police

Dear Sarah Wilson,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 509-2021

I write in connection with your request for information which was received on 04/06/2021. Your request will now be considered in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“the Act”).

We will make every effort to provide a response to your request within 20 working days as stipulated by the Act.

There may be a fee payable for the retrieval, collation and provision of the information you request. If this is the case you will be informed and the 20 working day timescale will be suspended until we receive payment from you. If you chose not to make payment then your request will be withdrawn.

Some requests may also require either full or partial transference to another public authority in order to answer your query in the fullest possible way. Again, you will be informed if this is the case.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please contact the Freedom of Information Unit via letter or email, quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Team
Information & Compliance Department
Warwickshire Police
PO Box 4
Leek Wootton
Warwickshire
CV35 7QB

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@ Freedom of Information, Warwickshire Police

Dear Sarah Wilson,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 509-2021

 

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
on 04/06/2021. Please find below the response to your request:

 

For the calendar years of 2019 and 2020, I would like you to provide me
with the number of people booked into the force’s custody suites following
an arrest, broken down by month. I would like you to provide me with the
age, sex and ethnicity of each detainee as well as the crime or power
under which they were detained.  For each detainee, I would like you to
provide me with the time of arrival at the designated custody facility and
the time of their custody record’s closure, regardless of whether the
outcome was bail, RUI, a charge or any other outcome. I am seeking only
the time arriving in and leaving custody detention so please do not
include days on bail etc.  For each detainee, please provide the total
number of time spent in police custody in minutes

            

Response:

Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act states that a public
authority is not obliged to comply with a request for information if the
authority estimates that the cost of complying with the request would
exceed the “appropriate limit”. For Police forces in the UK, the
"appropriate limit" is considered to be up to 18 hours of work on one
request. This information is given in the Freedom of Information (Fees and
Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004.

 

The information requested is not held in a searchable format. To identify
all of the information requested would involve an analyst manually
reviewing each custody record individual in order to provide you with the
data.

An initial search for reports within the time period given has resulted in
14000+ records,  unfortunately they do not all include the length of stay
in custody therefore would need to be checked individually.

The cost of providing you with information is above the amount to which we
are legally required to respond. This letter acts as a refusal notice
under section 17(5) of the legislation.

 

In accordance with Section 16 of the Act I have a duty to provide advice
and assistance in relation to your request. However due to the volume of
records that would need to be examined I am unable to suggest a way to
pare down your request into one that could be managed within the fees
limit.

 

Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided is as
accurate as possible.

 

Your attention is drawn to the below which details your right of
complaint.

 

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please write
or email the Freedom Of Information Unit quoting the reference number
above.

 

Yours sincerely

 

E Ball

Freedom Of Information Unit
Warwickshire Police

PO Box 4

Leek Wootton

Warwickshire

CV35 7QB

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Warwickshire Police in complying with their statutory duty under sections
1 and 11 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to release the enclosed
information will not breach the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. 
However, the rights of the copyright owner of the enclosed information
will continue to be protected by law.  Applications for the copyright
owner’s written permission to reproduce any part of the attached
information should be addressed to The Force Solicitor, Warwickshire
Police, Leek Wootton, Warwick, Warwickshire, CV35 7QA.

 

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Warwickshire Police

PO Box 4

Leek Wootton

Warwickshire

CV35 7QB

 

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