Disclosure Details

Allegations of Racism - 381/12

Dated: 07 Jun 2011

Date of request:  23/04/2012

Date of response:   01/05/2012

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated  23rd April 2012 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

"Full details of allegations of racism made against force employees in each of the last 3 years for which figures are available.  I would like the response to include, for each year during the period,

i. The number of allegations made

ii. The nature of each allegation

iii. The rank of the employee facing the allegation

iv. The method of  resolving the complaint – ie by preliminary inquiry,    internal or external investigation, etc

v. the judgement made – ie guilty or otherwise and

vi. the penalty imposed, where relevant."

In response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Professional Standards Department of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I have decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

The following information was extracted from a Live database and may be subject to the addition and deletion of complaints, complainants and subjects after the initial extraction of data used for the purposes of this report.  The following information has been extracted based upon allegations and subjects attached to cases recorded between 01/04/2009 and 31/03/2012.  Please note that cases which are Live, Sub Judice or in the appeal period have not been included in this response.

Please see the below attached which answers all of your queries.

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.

How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure which can be found at: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.


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