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Dear West Midlands Police,

In the 10 years prior to March 2018 please can you provide a per year breakdown of the following data for your organisation (ie granted by officers from your force, irrespective of where the surveillance took place);

1) How many authorisations for Directed Surveillance were granted

2) How many authorisations for Intrusive Surveillance were granted

3) How many authorisations for Property Interference were granted

Yours faithfully,

A T Jones

Freedom of Information,

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Freedom of Information,

Dear Sir/Madam

 

FOI Request Reference: 17823/18

 

Thank you for your request for information, received 09 October 2018.

 

REQUEST

 

In the 10 years prior to March 2018 please can you provide a per year
breakdown of the following data for your organisation (i.e. granted by
officers from your force, irrespective of where the surveillance took
place);

 

1) How many authorisations for Directed Surveillance were granted?

 

2) How many authorisations for Intrusive Surveillance were granted?

 

3) How many authorisations for Property Interference were granted?

 

 

RESPONSE

 

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).

 

However rather than refusing your request outright at this stage, I would
like to explore with you how West Midlands Police may best assist you to
request relevant information which we hold. Within the cost limit we could
conduct the following searches:

 

From 01 January 2013 to 31 December 2017 a per year breakdown of the
following data for your organisation (i.e. granted by officers from your
force, irrespective of where the surveillance took place):

 

1) How many authorisations for Directed Surveillance were granted?

 

2) How many authorisations for Intrusive Surveillance were granted?

 

3) How many authorisations for Property Interference were granted?

 

Please note, any located information might be subject to the application
of exemptions under the Act; e.g.

 

Section 23 - Information supplied by, or relating to, bodies dealing with
security matters

Section 24 - National security

Section 30 - Investigations and proceedings conducted by the public
authority

Section 31 - Law enforcement

Section 40 - Personal information

Section 44 - Prohibitions on Disclosure

 

To enable us to proceed with your request I would be grateful if you could
confirm whether you wish us to conduct the searches outlined above? After
receiving your reply, your request will be considered and you will receive
a response within the statutory timescale of 20 working days, as defined
by the Act, subject to the application of any statutory exemptions. If you
chose not to respond then your request will remain unanswered.

 

REASON FOR DECISION

 

Please note that researching each individual case 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 confirming or denying that the information is held would exceed
the appropriate costs limit under section 12(2) 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
Fees) Regulations 2004, S.I. 3244.

 

Further information on section 12 of FOI is available here:

 

[1]https://www.app.college.police.uk/app-co...

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

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

 

[2]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:

 

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

 

Please note that such an appeal must be received within 40 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,

 

David Notley

Disclosure Officer  

Freedom of Information Unit  

West Midlands Police

 

Tel: 101 ext 801 2068

[mobile number]

 

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

 

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or confidential information. If received in error, please notify the
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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
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responsibility is accepted by West Midlands Police for any loss or damage
arising in any way from the receipt or use of this email.

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5. https://www.wmnow.co.uk/
6. https://twitter.com/wmpolice
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Dear Freedom of Information,

A search from 2013 to 2017 will be just fine, many thanks for your assistance.

Yours sincerely,

A T Jones

Freedom of Information,

Please accept this as an acknowledgement of receipt of your e-mail by the
Freedom of Information Unit.
 
If your email is a valid request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act, your request will be dealt with within the legislative
deadline of 20 working days.  Should we be unable to meet this deadline
for any reason you will be notified as soon as possible.
 
Please note that if your email is a request is for your own personal data
you should make a subject access request to the Data Protection Unit.  You
can do this by completing a WA162 form, which is available on the West
Midlands Police website.  Search the West Midlands Police website for
'Subject Access' or go directly to this page:
[1]https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/abou...
 
If you require further information please contact 101 and ask for the
Freedom of Information Unit.
 
You might find what you are looking for on our website:
[2]http://foi.west-midlands.police.uk/
 
If you have information about any crime, you can contact us on the
non-emergency number: 101.
 
In an emergency, for example where life is in danger or a crime in
progress, call 999.

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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2. http://foi.west-midlands.police.uk/

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