Dear West Mercia Police,

Please can you provide a breakdown, per year, for the past ten years of how many extensions (and if possible the grant period in hours) were granted by a Superintendent in all of your force custody sites to keep someone longer than 24 but less than 36 hours in custody as per S.42 of PACE.

Yours faithfully,

A T Jones

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Dear Mr Jones

 

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Dear Mr Jones

                                   

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 11992

 

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
on 10^th June 2019. Please find below the response to your request:

 

 Please can you provide a breakdown, per year, for the past ten years of
how many extensions (and if possible the grant period in hours) were
granted by a Superintendent in all of your force custody sites to keep
someone longer than 24 but less than 36 hours in custody as per S.42 of
PACE.

            

Reply:-

I apologise for the delay in responding to your request.  Your request has
now been processed and my response is below.

 

Number of Superintendent extensions

 

June
2009
-
May
2010 306
June
2010
-
May
2011 333
June
2011
-
May
2012 352
June
2012
-
May
2013 412
June
2013
-
May
2014 348
June
2014
-
May
2015 268
June
2015
-
May
2016 265
June
2016
-
May
2017 162
June
2017
-
May
2018 214
June
2018
-
May
2019 227

 

In regards to the second part of your request for the number of hours.

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.

 

To identify the number of hours of each extension between June
2009-October 2017 would require a manual check of each record.

With 2527 entries to read at an estimated 2 minutes per entry = 84.2
hours.

 

In accordance with Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000,
please treat this as the refusal notice I am required to provide to you.

 

 

In accordance with Section 16 of the Act I have a duty to provide advice
and assistance in relation to your request.  Please see attached a table
displaying the number of hours for each extension from October 2017
onwards.  This has been possible due to a new recording system being used
by which the information can be extracted from.

 

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 telephone the Information Compliance Unit quoting the reference number
above.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Mrs E Ball

 

 

Information Compliance Office
Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police
Rugby Police Station
Rugby
Warwickshire
CV21 2DH

 

Warwickshire Police in complying with their statutory duty under sections
1 and 11 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to release the enclosed
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information should be addressed to The Force Solicitor, West Mercia Police
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