Disclosure Details

Discipline - 392/15

Dated: 15 May 2015

Date of request:      16/04/15

Date of response:    12/05/15

Provision of informati11 held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated  16 April  2015 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 2002 or the earliest date possible, how many police officers or police staff members have been required to resign or have been dismissed from post for misconduct matters?
2) What were the misconduct proceedings reference to?
3) Out of those officers or staff members listed from above, how many were successful in appeal and were re instated into the force?
4) Can any answers to the above be dated?
5) Since  2002, or the earliest date possible, how many police staff members, including PCSO's, and  Detention Officers have been arrested?
6) The nature of the allegation for each person and date?
7) Following  their  arrest,  was  there  any  criminal charges brought against the person, i.e. charge, caution, NFA?
8) What was the outcome of the criminal matter if it was taken to court?
9) Following  their  arrest  and  any  court  appearance, was there any misconduct  proceedings  and  at  what  level,  i.e.  Misconduct  or  Gross Misconduct?
10) Following  the misconduct proceedings, if any, what was the outcome, i.e.  management  advise, Superintendants warning prior to new standards of behaviour   being  introduced,  written  warning,  final  written  warning, resigned, required to resign?

To clarify if this can be progressed for the last five years that would be appreciated    

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 Profeassional Standards Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

The information provided has been extracted from the 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 request. Ongoing cases have not been included. 

1) We can advise that officers would not be required to resign. The table below shows the number of police officers and staff members who have been dismissed for misconduct matters since 2010.  

Year Dismissals
2010 3
2011 4
2012 4
2013 8
2014 6
2015 1

2. See below attached document

3.3)  Three Officers / Staff members were successful at appeal and were re instated into the force since 2010.

4) Dates are provided on each table.

5) to 10)

Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another.  Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data.  For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.

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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