Disclosure Details

Officers criminal offences - 929/15

Dated: 09 Nov 2015

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

Thank you for your e mail dated 12 October 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:

Please supply me with the following information relating to the last three years. 

1. Number of police officers (all ranks) interviewed under criminal caution by year

2. Number of police staff (all grades) interviewed under criminal caution by year.

3. Number of police officers (all ranks) charged with a criminal offence by year

4. Number of police staff (all grades) charged with a criminal offence by year

5. Number of Police officers (all ranks) appearing at a Magistrates Court charged with a criminal offence by year

6. Number of police staff (all grades) appearing at a Magistrates Court charged with a criminal offence by year

7. Number of police officers (all ranks) appearing at a Crown Court charged with a criminal offence by year

8. Number of police staff (all grades) appearing at a Crown Court charged with a criminal offence by year

9. Number of police officers who have initiated employement proceedings by year 

 

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 records maintained by Professional Standards Department.  Please note that prior to any charges or court appearances there may be police officers or staff that have resigned or retired these officers and staff still appear in the answers. 

Special Constables are included in the results for Police Officers

1. 29 Police Officers have been arrested and interviewed under caution during the dates requested.  14 in 2012, 6 in 2013 and 9 in 2014.

2. 9 Police Staff have been arrested and interviewed under caution.  3 in 2012, 2 in 2013 and 4 in 2014.

3. 12 Police officers have been charged with a criminal offence.  4 in 2012, 4 in 2013 and 4 in 2014.

4.  1 Police staff member was charged with a criminal offence during the time period requested in 2014.

5. 7 Police Officers have appeared at Magistrates Court charged with a criminal offence.  4 in 2012 and 3 in 2014.

6. 1 Police staff member has appeared at Magistrates Court charged with a criminal offence during the time period requested in 2014.

7. 3 Police Officers have appeared at Crown Court charged with a criminal offence. 1 in 2012 and 2 in 2014.

8. No (zero) Police Staff members have appeared at Crown Court charged with a criminal offence during the time period requested.

9.

2012 - 3

2013 - 1

2014 - 2

2015 - 0

 

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.

http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/index.asp

 

 

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