Disclosure Details

Bonus payments - 839/13

Dated: 21 Nov 2013

Date of request:    30/10/2013

Date of response:  21/11/2013

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

Thank you for your email dated 30 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: 

I would like to request the following under the Freedom of Information Act (FOI), specifically relating to discretionary payments made to police
officers.

Please provide the following information for the years 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13.

The number of discretionary payments* paid to police officers for the above times.
Please provide yearly breakdowns, as well as the value of each payment. Please also provide details of why each payment was made.

*Such as 'bonuses' given to officers for dealing with unpleasant incidents, or for exceeding expectations whilst in the line of duty etc. on top of
their normal salaries.

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 Finance 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.

With regards to point 1 and part of point 2:

As the information you have requested 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.
These queries have been asked for previously and our response is published via the Disclosure Log on the Northumbria Police website, FOI 713/13 refers. 

http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/dlfinance/answer.asp?id=85465


In relation to those parts not already published, please see below             

2010/11

33 payments of £100 for other outstanding/demanding or important work.
8 payments of £150 for other outstanding/demanding or important work.
2 payments of £170 for other outstanding/demanding or important work.
1 payment of £175 for other outstanding/demanding or important work.
9 payments of £200 for other outstanding/demanding or important work.
7 payments of £250 for other outstanding/demanding or important work.

2011/12 
 
16 payments of £75 for other outstanding/demanding or important work.
34 payments of £100 for other outstanding/demanding or important work.
2 payments of £150 for other outstanding/demanding or important work.
2 payments of £200 for other outstanding/demanding or important work.
1 payment of £250 for other outstanding/demanding or important work.
1 payment of £500 for other outstanding/demanding or important work. 

2012/13

1 payment of £50 for other outstanding/demanding or important work.
18 payments of £100 for other outstanding/demanding or important work.
1 payment of £300 for other outstanding/demanding or important work.

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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