Disclosure Details

Officer convictions - 187/15

Dated: 01 Jul 2014

Date of request:      19/02/15

Date of response:    04/03/15

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

Thank you for your email dated 19 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. For each of the last five years, how many police officers in your force have been
a) arrested; b) charged and c) convicted for

- murder
- conspiracy to murder
- attempted murder
- manslaughter
- perverting the course of justice
- conspiracy to pervert the course of justice
- perjury
- drug trafficking offences
- fraud offences
- misconduct in a public office
- conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office  

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.

The information provided below relates to criminal convictions attached to conduct and prosecution cases recorded in the Professional Standards Department from 01/01/2010 to 24/02/2015.  Please note that the information provided relates to Police Officers who were employed by Northumbria Police at the time of the incident, at the time of conviction some officers may no longer be serving with the Force.

The tables below show the number of officers arrested, charged and convicted for the offences listed in your request.  In some instances the same officer appears more than once in the tables, for example, if they have been charged with a drug trafficking offence they could also be charged with misconduct in public office.

With the above in mind please see the below which answers your query. 

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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