Disclosure Details

Misconduct - 1193/15

Dated: 21 Jan 2016

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

Thank you for your e mail dated 27 December 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 at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions. 

You asked:

1. The number of complaints of sexual misconduct against police officers serving at your force per year for the last three calander years, including 2015..

2. The total number of active police officers serving at your police force per year for the last three years. 

You then clarified 'active police officers' as:

If there is an officer who has been on leave for an entire year or been ill for an entire year, then they ought not be included in the 'active officers' count

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 HR and Professional Standards Departments 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.

1. The information at this point has been extracted  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.

Complaints and conduct cases were checked for allegations recorded between 01/01/13 and 31/12/15.  Allegations of ‘Sexual assault’ and ‘Other sexual conduct’ are included in the table as well as any allegations that include the key words ‘sex’ or ‘inappropriate’ – in these cases the summary of the case was checked to see if the inappropriate conduct was of a sexual nature.  The numbers provided below show the number of allegations of sexual misconduct made against police officers for the last three calendar years.

2013 - 6

2014 - 10

2015 - 12

2.  'Active' police officers are those not on long term sick or career break

Year Headcount

2013 3752

2014    3657

2015 3547


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. 

You may be interested to know that Northumbria Police routinely publish information via the Disclosure Log.  The aim of the Disclosure Log is to promote openness and transparency by voluntarily placing information into the public arena.

The Disclosure Log contains copies of some of the information that has been disclosed by Northumbria Police in response to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Whilst it is not possible to publish all responses we will endeavour to publish those where we feel that the information disclosed is in the wider public interest. 

The Disclosure Log will be updated once responses have been sent to the requester.

I have provided the relevant link below.


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.

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.