Overtime - 1195/16
Dated: 01 Nov 2016
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')
Thank you for your e mail dated 27 October 2016 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 at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.
I am making a freedom of information request about overtime costs at Northumbria Police and would like each of the following questions
answered, for each of the last three years – either calendar or financial years is fine.
1. What was the Northumbria overtime budget for each of those years? (Separate figures for police officers and civilian staff, if possible)
2. What was the actual spend on overtime in each of those years? (Separate figures for police officers and civilian staff, if possible)
3. How much did the the five highest overtime earners receive in each of those years, for both officers and staff – ie, ten in total per year. For
police officers, could you specify rank, and for both groups provide an indication of the work done by the recipient; in terms of which department
they work in and as far as possible, their role.
Please note that I am not asking for or expecting any information which could identify individuals, rather broad guidance.
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 within 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, which avoids the use of exemptions being applied to withhold.
With regards to point 3 and part of points 1 and 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.
This information is published on the Northumbria Police website via the FOIA Disclosure Log and is therefore freely available.
FOI 483/15 and 949/16 refer and the link to the Log is provided below.
With regards to points 1 and 2 for the most recent year, 2015/16, which is not published, I respond as follows
Police officer £2,864,960 £3,327,886
Police staff £556,026 £804,493
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.