West Midlands Police officers who are "not fully deployable"

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Dear West Midlands Police and Crime Panel,

Under the Freedom of Information Act (2000), I would like to know the following. Please firstly refer to this article.

The Times:

“Britain’s most senior police chief has called for more power to sack underperforming officers after revealing that one in ten are unable to do their jobs fully because of performance and health issues.

Sir Mark Rowley, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, hit out at the bureaucratic process to remove officers and public sector reluctance to dismiss workers who did not meet expectations.

Some 3,000 Met officers are not fully deployable because of performance concerns, mental health or physical issues. Another 500 are on restricted duties or suspended because they have been accused of serious misconduct.”

I seek information relating to the third paragraph. I would like to know whether West Midlands Police are in a similar position to the Met officers where Sir Mark has revealed Met officers are “not fully deployable”.

To that end:

1. How many West Midlands Police officers, to date, are classified as "not fully deployable"?

2.Please break down this figure you provide to reveal how many officers are not fully deployable because of (i) performance concerns; (ii) physical issues and (iii) mental health issues.

2. Please further break down this figures for (i) performance concerns and (ii) physical issues to reveal the reasons recorded - 100 officers with X performance concerns and 100 with Y etc.

3. Please also break down this figure of 500 (as granular as your records permit) to show the serious misconduct they have been accused of.

4. I also seek information on the duration these officers have not been fully deployable. If you hold information that breaks down the time they have not been fully deployable, please provide it. I have in mind a report showing how many of them have not been fully deployable for at least one month, three months, six months etc.

5. Finally, please provide raw statistical data on the number of officers who have not been fully deployable for the longest time. I have in mind two columns. Column 1 includes the numbers 1 to 20, and column 2 includes a time period adjacent to each number.

Please could this information be provided in a CSV or other machine readable format. Please provide a response upon receipt of this email today with the reference number for this request and a timescale for your response.

If providing this information would trigger the cost exemption, please let me know as soon as possible, and I will refine my request. If this request is unclear, I would be grateful if you could contact me as I understand that under the Act, you are required to advise and assist requesters. If any of this information is already in the public domain, please can you direct me to it, with page references and URLs if necessary.

If the release of any of this information is prohibited on the grounds of breach of confidence, I ask that you supply me with copies of the confidentiality agreement and remind you that information should not be treated as confidential if such an agreement has not been signed.

If it is not possible to provide the information requested due to the information exceeding the cost of compliance limits identified in Section 12, please promptly provide advice and assistance, under the Section 16 obligations of the Act, as to how I can refine my request.

I understand that you are required to respond to my request within the 20 working days after you receive this letter. If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact me via email or phone and I will be very happy to clarify what I am asking for and discuss the request.

Yours faithfully,

Rhi Storer

West Midlands Police and Crime Panel

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Sarah Fradgley, West Midlands Police and Crime Panel

Dear Rhi Storer

You have contacted the West Midlands Police and Crime Panel. We do not
hold the information that you have requested.

The Panel is an independent body set up to scrutinise the strategic plans,
budget and performance of the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner.
We are not connected to West Midlands Police and do hold any information
relating to it.

I suggest you refer your information request to West Midlands Police.
Contact details are available on its website
[1]https://west-midlands.police.uk/  and information about FOIs are on its
webpage: [2]https://foi.west-midlands.police.uk/

 

Kind regards

 

Sarah Fradgley

West Midlands Police and Crime Panel

 

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