Disclosure Details

Misconduct - 688/16

Dated: 26 Aug 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 8 June  2016 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:

I am seeking the total number of complaints of rape, sexual assault or other forms of sexual misconduct against police officers* and police staff* where the complainant is also a member of the police service. Please provide figures for the past five years if possible, whether calendar or financial years [whichever way they are collated]. Please include the most recent figures available for the past 12 months, even if it is not complete. [*For the avoidance of doubt, I request complaints made against officers, PCSOs, special constables, police staff and contractors to the force - either as direct employees or through employment agencies]

 For each case please state if possible:

The gender and rank or grade of the officer or staff member

The gender and rank or grade of the complainant [insofar as this is possible given identification issues]

The nature of the alleged offence and any context if possible [whether it be harassing emails, sending inappropriate text messages, rape, indecent assault, indecent images etc]. 

The location where the alleged offence took place – i.e custody suite, police station etc

Whether the alleged misconduct took place on or off duty

The outcome of each investigation i.e. charges [pls state where convicted and provide name of the officer if possible], suspension, whether referred to the IPCC, dismissed, suspended, resigned, transferredetc 

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, conduct matters and subjects after the initial extraction of data used for the purposes of this report.

Data has been checked for allegations recorded between 01/01/11 to 31/05/16 for conduct matters recorded against police officers and police staff.  A keyword search was conducted to check those conduct matters where the allegation summary included the words sexual, harassment, assault, abuse and inappropriate.  Each conduct matter containing one of the keywords was read to ascertain if the behaviour was directed to colleagues.

During the date period requested there were 10 separate conduct cases made to Professional Standards concerning officers and staff subjected to allegations of rape, sexual assault or other forms of sexual misconduct by a colleague, details are shown in the table below.

The information has been given in a way which avoids the use of exemptions to withhold.

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.


FOI 688-16