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Dear West Midlands Police,

I am seeking up-to-date information about the proportion of police detentions/interviews of suspects in which the requirement for an appropriate adult (as defined by the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 Codes of Practice, principally Code C paragraph 1.4) was recognised and recorded by officers.

I would be grateful if you could provide the following data for your force area, for the period of the year to March 2018, and limited to adult (persons aged 18 or over) suspects only:

1. The total number of authorised detentions
2. The total number of authorised detentions in which the need for an appropriate adult was recorded
3. The total number of voluntary interviews
4. The total number of voluntary interviews in which the need for an AA was recorded

If this data is not held (or cannot be compiled within the cost limits) for the requested period, please provide any relevant data for the most recent possible period.

If this data is not held (or cannot be compiled within the cost limits) for any period, I would be grateful for any information by way of explanation (e.g. no records of voluntary interviews are held; the requirement for an AA is not systematically stored in custody information systems).

It would be very helpful if the data could be provided in Excel readable format (i.e. XLS, XLSX or CSV).

Forces kindly shared similar data in relation to 2012/13 and 2013/14 to inform the Home Secretary's commission on AAs for vulnerable adults (the There to Help report 2015). In defining this request I have consulted with the NPCC and APCC to seek to ensure that the request was proportionate and relevant to national efforts to improve AA provision for vulnerable adult suspects.

Thank you for your efforts in relation to this request.

Yours faithfully,

Chris Bath

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Dear Chris Bath

 

 

 

FOI Request Reference: 011596/18

 

Thank you for your request for information, received 20/07/2018

 

REQUEST

 

I am seeking up-to-date information about the proportion of police
detentions/interviews of suspects in which the requirement for an
appropriate adult (as defined by the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984
Codes of Practice, principally Code C paragraph 1.4) was recognised and
recorded by officers. 

 

I would be grateful if you could provide the following data for  your
force area, for the period of the year to March 2018, and limited to adult
(persons aged 18 or over) suspects only:

 

1. The total number of authorised detentions 2. The total number of
authorised detentions in which the need for an appropriate adult was
recorded 3. The total number of voluntary interviews 4. The total number
of voluntary interviews in which the need for an AA was recorded

 

If this data is not held (or cannot be compiled within the cost limits)
for the requested period, please provide any relevant data for the most
recent possible period.

 

If this data is not held (or cannot be compiled within the cost limits)
for any period, I would be grateful for any information by way of
explanation (e.g. no records of voluntary interviews are held; the
requirement for an AA is not systematically stored in custody information
systems).

 

It would be very helpful if the data could be provided in Excel readable
format (i.e. XLS, XLSX or CSV).

 

Forces kindly shared similar data in relation to 2012/13 and 2013/14 to
inform the Home Secretary's commission on AAs for vulnerable adults (the
There to Help report 2015). In defining this request I have consulted with
the NPCC and APCC to seek to ensure that the request was proportionate and
relevant to national efforts to improve AA provision for vulnerable adult
suspects.

 

 

 

RESPONSE

 

Please find attached our response.

 

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing
numbers of incidents/crimes can be misleading and does not necessarily
indicate the likelihood of someone being a victim of crime. In addition,
the number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time
can be influenced by a number of factors. Consequently statistics on
incidents/crimes for one period may not necessarily be a good indicator of
future incidents in that area.

 

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and
complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been
extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police
purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is
subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.
As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes
and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting
those data.

 

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of
data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of
figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken
into account when those data are used.

 

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you
to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as
to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent
the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

 

As recommended as good practice by the Information Commissioner’s Office a
version of this response may be published on the West Midlands Police
website.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

For further information and data on West Midlands Police see our
publication scheme and disclosure log

 

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RIGHT OF APPEAL

 

Your attention is drawn to your right to request a re-examination of your
case under West Midlands Police review procedure, which can be found at:

 

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Please note that such an appeal must be received within 20 working days of
the date of this correspondence. Any such request received after this time
will only be considered at the discretion of the FOI Unit.

 

If you require any further information, then please do not hesitate to
contact me.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

Susan Brown

Freedom of Information Unit

Tel: 101

ext: 801 2068

[mobile number]

 

 

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Dear Freedom of Information,

Thank you for your very swift response.

Please accept my apologies as it appears that I could have been clearer with my language.

The data being requested is for the financial year to 31st March 2018 (i.e. the 12 month period from 1st April 2017) , rather than the three months of the calendar year to 31st March 2018.

My apologies once more. I don't wish to create any additional work. However, if you are able to provide the full financial year's figures, this will assist with a fair comparison with other police force areas.

Yours sincerely,

Chris Bath

Susan Brown,

Good Afternoon

Re below, I will go back to the analysts and aim provide as soon as possible

Best regards

Sue

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Dear Susan Brown,

I am extremely grateful. Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Chris Bath

Freedom of Information,

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Dear Chris Bath

 

 

 

FOI Request Reference: 011596/18

 

Thank you for your request for information, received 20/07/2018

 

REQUEST

 

I am seeking up-to-date information about the proportion of police
detentions/interviews of suspects in which the requirement for an
appropriate adult (as defined by the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984
Codes of Practice, principally Code C paragraph 1.4) was recognised and
recorded by officers. 

 

I would be grateful if you could provide the following data for  your
force area, for the period of the year to March 2018, and limited to adult
(persons aged 18 or over) suspects only:

 

1. The total number of authorised detentions 2. The total number of
authorised detentions in which the need for an appropriate adult was
recorded 3. The total number of voluntary interviews 4. The total number
of voluntary interviews in which the need for an AA was recorded

 

If this data is not held (or cannot be compiled within the cost limits)
for the requested period, please provide any relevant data for the most
recent possible period.

 

If this data is not held (or cannot be compiled within the cost limits)
for any period, I would be grateful for any information by way of
explanation (e.g. no records of voluntary interviews are held; the
requirement for an AA is not systematically stored in custody information
systems).

 

It would be very helpful if the data could be provided in Excel readable
format (i.e. XLS, XLSX or CSV).

 

Forces kindly shared similar data in relation to 2012/13 and 2013/14 to
inform the Home Secretary's commission on AAs for vulnerable adults (the
There to Help report 2015). In defining this request I have consulted with
the NPCC and APCC to seek to ensure that the request was proportionate and
relevant to national efforts to improve AA provision for vulnerable adult
suspects.

 

 

 

RESPONSE

 

Please find attached our amended response and disregard the previous one

 

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing
numbers of incidents/crimes can be misleading and does not necessarily
indicate the likelihood of someone being a victim of crime. In addition,
the number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time
can be influenced by a number of factors. Consequently statistics on
incidents/crimes for one period may not necessarily be a good indicator of
future incidents in that area.

 

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and
complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been
extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police
purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is
subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.
As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes
and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting
those data.

 

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of
data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of
figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken
into account when those data are used.

 

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you
to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as
to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent
the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

 

As recommended as good practice by the Information Commissioner’s Office a
version of this response may be published on the West Midlands Police
website.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

For further information and data on West Midlands Police see our
publication scheme and disclosure log

 

[1]http://foi.west-midlands.police.uk/

 

RIGHT OF APPEAL

 

Your attention is drawn to your right to request a re-examination of your
case under West Midlands Police review procedure, which can be found at:

 

[2]http://foi.west-midlands.police.uk/revie...

 

Please note that such an appeal must be received within 20 working days of
the date of this correspondence. Any such request received after this time
will only be considered at the discretion of the FOI Unit.

 

If you require any further information, then please do not hesitate to
contact me.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Susan Brown

Freedom of Information Unit

Tel: 101

ext: 801 2068

[mobile number]

 

 

email. [3][email address]

Working hours 7:30am to 3:30pm Monday to Thursday

 

To report crime and anti-social behaviour which does not require an
emergency response please call 101. In an emergency call 999.

 

Website: [4]www.west-midlands.police.uk

WMNow: [5]www.wmnow.co.uk/
Twitter: [6]www.twitter.com/wmpolice
Facebook: [7]www.facebook.com/westmidlandspolice
YouTube: [8]www.youtube.com/westmidlandspolice

Flickr: [9]www.flickr.com/westmidlandspolice

 

[10]View all our social network links

 

Our vision: : Preventing crime, protecting the public and helping those in
need.

 

 

This email is intended for the addressee only and may contain privileged
or confidential information. If received in error, please notify the
originator immediately. Any unauthorised use, disclosure, copying or
alteration of this email is strictly forbidden. Views or opinions
expressed in this email do not necessarily represent those of West
Midlands Police. All West Midlands Police email activity is monitored for
virus, racist, obscene, or otherwise inappropriate activity. No
responsibility is accepted by West Midlands Police for any loss or damage
arising in any way from the receipt or use of this email.

References

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5. https://www.wmnow.co.uk/
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Dear Freedom of Information,

Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated.

Yours sincerely,

Chris Bath

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