Disclosure Details

Investigations - 147/15

Dated: 26 Feb 2015

Date of request:      13/02/15

Date of response:    24/02/15

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

Thank you for your email dated 10 Febuary 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.How many officers are currently under investigation for assault?
2. How many of the alleged victims are white, black or other ethnic minority?
3. Of the officers under investigation have any restrictions been placed on them? 

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

The following information has been 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.

1. The number of officers currently under investigation for assault was obtained by assessing all live conduct and complaint matters where officers have an allegation of either “other assault”, “use of force” or “serious non sexual assault” recorded against them.  This currently applies to 192 officers.

2. There are 99 complainants linked to these cases.  Using the complainants ethnic self classification these are broken down as follows:
67 cases defined as “White British”, “White and Black Caribbean” or “Any Other White Background”,
5 cases defined as “Asian Pakistani “or “Asian Bangladeshi,”
4 cases defines as “Black African” or “Black Caribbean”,
2 cases defines as “Any Other Ethnic Group”,
21 did not state their ethnicity.

3. Of the officers currently under investigation one has been moved to a non operational role.

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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