Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')
As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.
I would like to make a Freedom of Information Request to access the following information from the months February and March 2018 (Inclusive)
1. How many calls Northumbria Police received containing the term KFC
2. How long each of these calls lasted
Please may you send me this information broken down by month, day, and also how long each call lasted.
We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.
Information Commissioners Office (ICO) guidelines state that:
A public authority must confirm or deny whether it holds the information requested unless the cost of this alone would exceed the appropriate limit.
I can neither confirm nor deny that the information you require is held by Northumbria Police as to actually determine if it is held would exceed the permitted 18 hours therefore Section 12(2) of the Freedom of Information Act would apply. This section does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimated that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit of 18 hours, equating to £450.00
You should consider this to be a refusal notice under Section 17 of the Act for your request.
I have set out the reasons for this below.
The Force do not have a system that records/logs all calls with information as to what the call may be about – ie KFC. We are therefore unable to confirm if such calls have been received into force. Additionally the force can receive around 2500 each 24 hour period. It is not feasible to attempt to establish a more definitive response to your query.