Disclosure Details

Officer convictions - 760/13

Dated: 06 Nov 2013

Date of request:    09/10/2013

Date of response:  06/11/2013

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

Thank you for your email dated 9 October 2013 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: 

Could you please tell me how many Police Officers were convicted for crimes and other offences the last five years?

If possible I also want you to tell me the kind of crimes they committed and what punishments they had.

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.

From 01/10/2008 – 30/09/2013, 132 Police Officers were convicted of crimes or other offences. 

115 were traffic offences with outcomes including attend courses, fine only, points on licence, disqualified from driving, probation and community service.

Other convictions were for Misconduct in Public Office
Conspiracy to Pervert the course of Justice and Pervert the course of Justice
Possess firearm without certificate
Possession of Controlled drug Class A
Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm
Section 5 Public Order Act
Death by Dangerous Driving
Fraud False representation
Indecent assault
with outcomes including imprisonment, suspended sentence, fined, cautioned,  community service, supervision requirement

Please note: Northumbria Police expects the very highest standards of behaviour from its officers and staff and the vast majority act with the utmost integrity and professionalism at all times. When behaviour falls below these high standards, there are robust procedures to investigate and take appropriate action.
There are also a number of mechanisms in place for the public, police officers and staff to report concerns they may have.

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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