Disclosure Details

Overtime - 483/15

Dated: 13 Aug 2015

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

Date of request: 18/5/2015

Date of response: 12/8/2015

Thank you for your e mail dated 18 May 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:

I am making a freedom of information request about overtime costs and would like each of the following questions answered, for each of the last five years-  financial years would be preferred, if possible.  

1. What was the overtime budget for your force 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. 

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 am able to disclose the located information to you as follows. 

1. & 2.

POLICE OFFICE AND STAFF OVERTIME EXPENDITURE
           
  Police Officer   Police Staff
 

Budget £

Expenditure £   Budget £ Expenditure £
2010/11 7,637,757 8,094,488   961,570 1,160,765
2011/12 5,331,372 6,102,331   951,321 716,272
2012/13 3,629,660 4,113,408   844,985 642,637
2013/14 3,979,166 4,022,155   672,277 657,448
2014/15 3,137,455 3,366,920   608,042 819,536

3. Details of the five highest overtime earners for both Officers and Civilian Staff is below.

Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) Request 483/15 - Overtime 2010/11

Officer/Staff

Total

Rank

Department

Officer

18,012

Sgt

FIID

Officer

17,844

Sgt

Newcastle Area Command

Officer

16,519

Sgt

Crime

Officer

16,322

Sgt

Crime

Officer

16,246

Sgt

Operations

Staff

7,961

 

Newcastle Area Command

Staff

7,940

 

Gateshead Area Command

Staff

7,077

 

FIID

Staff

5,823

 

Estates

Staff

5,703

 

Gateshead Area Command

2011/12

Officer/Staff

Total

Rank

Department

Officer

13,479

Sgt

Secondment

Officer

13,055

Sgt

Crime

Officer

10,619

PC

Newcastle Area Command

Officer

10,314

Sgt

Operations

Officer

9,681

PC

Communications

Staff

6,295

 

Communications

Staff

3,909

 

ICT

Staff

3,778

 

Finance & Resource

Staff

3,766

 

FIID

Staff

3,521

 

Communications

2012/13

Officer/Staff

Total

Rank

Department

Officer

24,539

Sgt

Secondment

Officer

14,617

PC

Crime

Officer

14,127

PC

Crime

Officer

10,696

PC

Operations

Officer

10,440

Sgt

Operations

Staff

7,953

 

Criminal Justice Unit

Staff

4,505

 

Crime

Staff

3,630

 

Criminal Justice Unit

Staff

3,461

 

South Tyneside Area Command

Staff

3,352

 

Crime

2013/14

Officer/Staff

Total

Rank

Department

Officer

14,520

PC

Crime

Officer

14,342

PC

Crime

Officer

14,169

PC

Crime

Officer

13,210

Sgt

Crime

Officer

11,748

Sgt

Secondment

Staff

8,237

 

Legal

Staff

6,620

 

Legal

Staff

6,348

 

Crime

Staff

4,449

 

Communications

Staff

4,322

 

Legal

2014/15

Officer/Staff

Total

Rank

Department

Officer

17,168

PC

Crime

Officer

15,373

PC

Crime

Officer

12,431

PC

Communications

Officer

12,235

PC

Communications

Officer

11,283

Sgt

Custody

Staff

7,888

 

Communications

Staff

6,989

 

Legal

Staff

6,875

 

Communications

Staff

6,777

 

Legal

Staff

6,559

 

Communications


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.

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