Bedfordshire Police Headquarters,
Woburn Road, Kempston,
Bedford, MK43 9AX
Telephone: 01234 842547
9th January 2020
Our Ref: FOI2019/07770
REQUEST UNDER THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 Ref No: FOI2019/07770
I write in connection with your request for information received on 10th December. I note you seek access to the following information:
I would be grateful if you provide the following information relating to the use of voluntary interviews (also known as voluntary attendance or ‘caution plus 3’) by your police force.
For each of the individual 12 months from April 2018 to March 2019 inclusive:
1.The total number of voluntary interviews of adult suspects (aged 18 or over)
2.The total number of voluntary interviews of adult suspects (aged 18 or over), in which the need for an appropriate adult (under PACE Code C) was recorded.
I am required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (The Act) to handle all requests in a manner that is blind to the identity of the requestor. Any information released in response to a request is regarded as being published and therefore, in the public domain without caveat.
Following enquiries within the Constabulary please see our response below.
Due to change of systems we no longer consistently record when someone is voluntary interviewed, therefore to identify the information requested would require a manual search to determine if a voluntary interview took place which would take well over the 18 hrs set out under FOI.
Unfortunately this means it is not possible to suggest a way to refine this request, as even if the date range were reduced it would still require hundreds of records to be manually checked.
We therefore, consider that the cost of complying with your request for information would exceed the appropriate limit of £450 as has been stated in the Freedom of Information (Fees & Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004.
Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 provides that –
"Section 1(1) does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimates that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit."
Section 17(5) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 requires Cambridgeshire Constabulary, when refusing to provide such information (because the cost of compliance exceeds the appropriate limit) to provide you the applicant with a notice which states that fact.
In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 this letter acts as a Refusal Notice under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act.
Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter please do not hesitate to contact me quoting the above reference number.
Cambridgeshire Constabulary provides you the right to request an independent review of this response under its review procedure. If you require such a review you must notify us within two months from the date of this letter. After lodging a complaint with Cambridgeshire Constabulary if you are still dissatisfied with the decision you may make an application to the Information Commissioner. For information on how to make a complaint please visit their website at https://ico.org.uk/concerns/ or contact them on 0303 123 1113.