We received a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA):
For the past ten years up to the present day (2012/13-present day) how many community resolutions has the force administered? Please can you break it down by year and offence type.
West Yorkshire Police are unable to provide the information requested as this is readily available in the public domain, and therefore exempt by virtue of Section 21 (1) Information Reasonably Accessible by Other Means.
Please see Appendix A, for the full legislative explanation as to why West Yorkshire Police are unable to provide the information.
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 creates a statutory right of access to information held by public authorities. A public authority in receipt of a request must, if permitted, state under Section 1(a) of the Act, whether it holds the requested information and, if held, then communicate that information to the applicant under Section 1(b) of the Act.
The right of access to information is not without exception and is subject to a number of exemptions which are designed to enable public authorities, to withhold information that is unsuitable for release. Importantly the Act is designed to place information into the public domain. Information is granted to one person under the Act, it is then considered public information and must be communicated to any individual, should a request be received.
Your request for information has been considered and I regret to inform you that West Yorkshire Police cannot comply. This letter serves as a Refusal Notice under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Section 17 of the Act provides:
(1) A public authority which, in relation to any request for information, is to any extent relying on a claim that information is exempt information must, within the time for complying with Section 1(1), give the applicant a notice which:-
(a) States the fact,
(b) Specifies the exemption in question, and
(c) States (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption applies.
REASONS FOR DECISION
The reason that we are unable to provide you with this information is covered by the following exemption(s):
Section 21 (1) – Information Reasonably Accessible by Other Means
This is an absolute exemption and so requires no harm or public interest test to be undertaken.
The information sought is already available in the public domain through the following link:
Police recorded crime and outcomes open data tables - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
The information requested is contained within the documents titled ‘Outcomes open data year ending March…’. The data can then be filtered down to force level and outcome description.