Disclosure Details

Misconduct - 924/12

Dated: 10 Dec 2012

Date of request:      22/11/2012

Date of response:   10/12/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated 22 November  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: 

Would you be kind enough to send me the following information for each of the following years: 2010, 2011 and 2012 to date:

  1. How many PCSOs have been convicted of a criminal offence whilst employed as a PCSO – and for what offences?

  2. How many PCSOs have been disciplined under the Police Misconduct Regulations?

  3. How many PCSOs have resigned while facing disciplinary action?

  4. How many PCSOs have been dismissed?

  5. How many police officers have been convicted of a criminal offence whilst serving as a police officer – and for what offences?

  6. How many police officers have been disciplined under the Police Misconduct Regulations?

  7. How many police officers have resigned while facing disciplinary action?

  8. How many police officers have been dismissed?

  9. Please provide figures for how many a) police officers are employed by your force, and b) PCSOs employed by your force. Please provide the figures on a full-time equivalent basis.   

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

Please note that an officer/CSO may appear in the response to more than one question.

1. None
2. None.  CSO’s are not subject to the Police Misconduct regulations, they are subject to Police Staff discipline regulations
3. 
2010
2 CSO’s

2011
2 CSO’s

2012
3 CSO’s

4. 
2010
None

2011
1 CSO

2012
None

5. 
2010
4 officers

2011
None

2012
1 officer

Speeding – 3 officers
Drive motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol – 2 officers
Contravene traffic light – 1 officer

6. 
2010
36 officers

2011
22 officers

2012
34 officers

7. 
2010
14 officers

2011
13 officers

2012
11 officers

8. 
2010
4 officers

2011
1 officer

2012
3 officers

9. As the information you have requested at this part  is accessible by other means I have not provided you with a copy of the information and will rely on Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  You should therefore consider this a refusal for your request.

 I have provided an explanation to this exemption below.

 Section 21 (1) - Information accessible by other means

 Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant is exempt information.

 This information is published and freely available via the Northumbria Police website.  Headcounts are updated regularly and can be found on the 'About us' page.

 Full time equivilent statistics has been asked for previously under the Act and are therefore published on the Disclosure Log.  The most recent request which answers this request is FOI 891/12.  The link to the  Log can be found below.


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 crime 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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