Disclosure Details

Disciplinary Proceedings - 33/12

Dated: 07 Jun 2011

Date of request: 09/01/2012

Date of response: 14/02/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated 9 January 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: 

  1. Since 1 January 2010, how many (i) police officers and (ii) police staff at Northumbria Police have been subject to each of the following: (a) a written warning or hearing on grounds of poor performance; (b) a written warning or hearing for other disciplinary purposes; or (c) a police investigation relating to suspected criminal activity.

  2. Of those (i) police officers and (ii) police staff subject to (a) a written warning or hearing on grounds of poor performance; (b) a written warning or hearing for other disciplinary purposes; or (c) a police investigation relating to suspected criminal activity, how many in each case have subsequently been dismissed from Northumbria Police.

  3. Of those (i) police officers and (ii) police staff subject to (a) a written warning or hearing on grounds of poor performance; (b) a written warning or hearing for other disciplinary purposes; or (c) a police investigation relating to suspected criminal activity since 1 January 2010, how many in each case have subsequently transferred  to another Police Force in England and Wales.

  4. In total, how many (i) police officers and (ii) police staff have been dismissed from Northumbria Police since 1 January 2010.

  5. In total, how many (i) police officers and (ii) police staff have transferred from Northumbria Police to another Police Force in England and Wales since 1 January 2010.

  6. Since 1 January 2010, how many (i) police officers and (ii) police staff have  transferred to Northumbria Police from another Police Force in England and Wales.

  7. Of the (i) police officers and (ii) police staff who transferred to Northumbria Police from another Police Force in England and Wales since 1 January 2010, how many in  each case had been subject to each of the following: (a) a written warning or hearing on grounds of poor performance; (b) a written warning or hearing for other disciplinary purposes; or (c) a police investigation relating to suspected criminal activity during their time as an employee of their previous Police Force.

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 (PSD) and HR Departments of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held in part by Northumbria Police.

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

The information extracted for Police Officers has been provided by the Professional Standards Department and relates to Police officers only, Special Constables, Community Support Officers (CSOs) and Other Police Staff has been provided by Human Resources.  Data was extracted based upon allegations and subjects attached to cases finalised between 01/01/2010 and 15/01/2012, please note that cases could therefore have been recorded before this period.

Please note that parts a) and b) for each question relating to police officers have not been separated. In order to establish which allegations were poor performance and which were other discipline issues, would require a personal interpretation of the data to be given, therefore the data has been presented to show all instances in which written warnings, dismissals etc have been given.  The data has been presented for all cases in which written warnings, final written warnings or dismissal was the outcome, this has not been separated out to distinguish if written warnings were given at hearings or through misconduct meetings.

With the above in mind please see the below.

  1. 45 Police Officers
    3 Officers were subject to investigation for suspected criminal activity:
    This has been based upon investigations which have been finalised during the period 01/01/2010 – 15/01/2012 where there has been a substantiated/case to answer outcome.  Substantiated is the outcome for complaints under the old Police Conduct Regulations for complaints in which the officer has been found to be at fault.  The new regulations took effect in December 2010, Case to answer is the new terminology for the result against the officer when the officer has been found to be at fault.  Case to answer is also the outcome used for Conduct cases.
    15 Police staff - 1 final written warning for performance, 14 for discipline - including final written warning and dismissal.

  2. Police officers - none relating to question 1, as there would be only one outcome per case for the officer, if the officer received a written warning in a case, the officer could not then be dismissed as the result of the same case.  Please note that this part of our response has been drawn from the data used to answer question 1.
    Police Staff - 6 dismissals following discipline, none on grounds of poor performance.

  3. None of the officers who received written warnings transferred to another force.
    No police staff have transferred as they are required to resign from Northumbria Police, even if they are taking up employment with another Force.  The reason for leaving would be recorded as 'resignation' not 'transferred'

  4. Dismissals:
    3 Police officers dismissed.
    6 Police Staff from the 15 at question 1 were dismissed.

  5. 14 Police Officers have transferred from Northumbria Police.
    No police staff have transferred for the reason outlined in question 3.

  6. 9 Police Officers have transferred to Northumbria Police.
    No police staff transferred for the reasons outlined in question 3.

  7. No police officers meet the criteria of this part of your request.
    No police staff transferred for the reasons outlined in question 3.

Northumbria Police employs around 6,000 people and the public rightly expects the highest possible standards of all Northumbria Police officers and staff. Where those standards fall below the required level, we always take appropriate action.

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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