Policy Details

Police Shootings

Dated: 29 Mar 2016

NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED

Issued: 21/03/2016   Effective: 07/09/2011   Next Review: 21/03/2019  

POLICY TITLE: Police Shootings

OWNING DIRECTORATE: Corporate and Strategic Services

AUTHOR: Head of Professional Standards Department

CONTACT DETAILS: Ext 36477

EQUALITY IMPACT ASSESSMENT: Complete

AUTHORISED PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE (APP) NATIONAL GUIDANCE AVAILABLE.

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AIM OF POLICY: To ensure an open and transparent enquiry into the circumstances surrounding the discharge of a firearm, or less lethal weapon by a police officer in the Northumbria Police area.

BENEFIT OF POLICY: To provide clarity surrounding the criteria for referral of police shootings to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) and to ensure transparency and integrity of investigations arising from police shootings in keeping with APP Armed Policing.

REASON FOR POLICY: IPCC mandatory referral guidelines, APP Armed Policing.

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Where a firearm or less lethal weapon is discharged by a police officer in the Northumbria Police area which:

  • Causes death or injury;
  • Reveals failings in command; or
  • Causes danger to officers or the public 

The Force will refer the matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), (Paragraph 13, Schedule 3, Part 2 of the Police Reform Act 2002) either voluntarily, or where death or serious injury is caused, as a mandatory referral. This will ensure an open and transparent enquiry into the circumstances.

This does not preclude forces referring discharges in other circumstances if they think it appropriate.

Investigations into such matters will be supervised, managed or independently investigated by the IPCC, who will appoint an Investigating Officer. Depending on the circumstances of the shooting the Investigating Officer will either be from Northumbria Police, an outside police force, or a member of the IPCC.
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SOURCE DOCUMENT: Police Reform Act 2002 Part 2 (Para 13, Schedule 3), APP Armed Policing.

GROUPS AFFECTED: All Staff

ACCESS AND DISCLOSURE RESTRICTIONS: None
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This instruction is designed to avoid discrimination and in accordance with the Human Rights Act 1998 and its underlying principles.

This policy has been reviewed and is considered to be exempt under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. It must not be disclosed without reference to the Force Information Security Officer, Professional Standards Department.